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Electric Gardens @ Mount Ephraim Gardens, Canterbury, Kent - August 5th & 6th 2006

Reported by Olly @ Trackitdown on July 28, 2006

Electric Gardens @ MOUNT EPHRAIM GARDENS, NR CANTERBURY, KENT, AUGUST 5 & 6 2006

JULY 18 Electric Gardens news flash!

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Set to headline the MySpace New Bands Stage at Electric Gardens on Sat 5 August

Acclaimed Southend-based artist Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly is set to headline the Myspace New Bands stage on Saturday night (Aug 5) at Electric Gardens. The full weekend line-up now looks like this (in no particular order):

THE CHARLATANS THE AUTOMATIC AUDIO BULLYS ARMAND VAN HELDEN MORNING RUNNER MYSTERY JETS GET CAPE WEAR CAPE FLY THE YOUNG KNIVES THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO THE LONG BLONDES THE FRATELLIS LARRIKIN LOVE MOHAIR THE HOT PUPPIES THE EARLIES ADEM MCRAFT DUELS ELECTRIC SOFT PARADE ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT BRAKES FIELD MUSIC ABSENTEE SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO KID HARPOON FINDLAY BROWN SCULLY BATTLE JAMIE T THE VEILS EYOE KID HARPOON CASSIUS LAYO & BUSHWACKA PLUMP DJ’S STANTON WARRIORS CAGEDBABY FREQNASTY GRANDADBOB PAUL ARNOLD MARCUS WALLIS NATHAN DETROIT WARREN SUICIDE SUICIDE SPORTS CLUB SOHODOLLS VETO SILVER TOUCHE MEZZA BREAKS GRANT DEE KATE NASH CHEW THE FAT SOUTHERN FRIED ELEGANT BACHELORS THE BOYFRIENDS ROAST GROOVE

Limited weekend tickets (including camping) still available for just £50!

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Previously…

WINNERS OF THE MYSPACE UNSIGNED BANDS COMPETITION ANNOUNCED

JULY 11 2006

Canterbury-based four-piece Fortystore (http://www.myspace.com/fortystore ) blew away the judges and the packed crowd at the final of the Myspace Unsigned Bands contest on Saturday night at Beacon Court Tavern in Gillingham, Kent.

Says promoter Marcus Wallis: “We were really impressed with the depths of the songs for kids so young – I think they’re all about 17 – as well as the dynamics and the songwriting. Plus the crowd response was overwhelming.”

Along with runners-up Underground Heroes (www.myspace.com/undergroundheroes ), Fortystore will perform at the Electric Gardens festival on August 5 & 6 in Mount Ephraim, Kent.

Other unsigned artists just confirmed to play the Myspace New Bands Stage are the astonishing alt. singer-songwriter Kate Nash (www.myspace.com/katenashmusic ) and electro outfit The Elegant Bachelors (www.myspace.com/theelegantbachelors )

www.electricgardensfestival.com   

Electric Gardens news at July 5 2006

Electric Gardens is delighted to confirm four more talented acts, Archie Bronson Outfit, Jamie T, and Battle to a line-up which already includes The Charlatans, The Automatic, Larrikin Love, M Craft, Mystery Jets, The Long Blondes, Scully and The Fratellis as well as an impressive roster of alternative dance acts including Armand Van Helden, Cassius, Grandadbob, Caged Baby, Layo & Bushwacka and Audio Bullys.

EG is also very excited about the award-winning music monthly Clash coming on board as media partners for the VIP area. Clash says:

“We love this festival as it’s the place this summer to lose your Jimmy Choos in a setting fit for a princess … Saturday you can dance away your woes whilst Sunday sees the swirling baggy grooves take you to another level all to a fantastic boutique setting with food you can actually eat and a crowd you’ll want to remember.”

Details TBA very soon…watch this space.

EG: The Skinny

On the 5th and 6th of August, Electric Gardens will be hosting a brand new and intimate music festival at the beautiful Mount Ephraim Gardens in Kent.

A boutique festival with a very current musical head, an ear for a hot band, a good pair of dancing feet and – just as importantly – a taste for top flight grub, Electric Gardens brings together some of the best bands around including Not to mention serving up a very nice bacon sarnie.

With many festivals growing to a size that can compromise both their charm and their structure, here at Electric Gardens HQ we’ve chosen to plan a more intimate event. This scale provides the potential to create the event around our headline artists, the emphasis being on getting the right mix of bands and DJs, and promoting the event together and providing an all round quality festival experience.

And Electric Gardens doesn’t believe in overcharging the punter like so many other festivals. Without any reductions on quality, daily tickets are at the ridiculous price of just £20 per day, (more details below). Throw in camping at only a tenner from 9.30am Saturday to Monday morning, and you can have the best weekend of the year for just £50!

Founded by promoter Marcus Wallis, Electric Gardens is a distinctly personal project. He says: “The name first came to me when I was walking through the gardens at this fantastic stately home near Canterbury - Mount Ephraim - and we were thinking of putting on the festival. As a massive Pink Floyd fan I remembered an event that Floyd had performed at, called the “Electric Garden” in the early 1970’s in Glasgow, and, having always liked the name, decided on it there and then. And with our event being set amongst the most beautiful landscaped gardens in the heart of England, and with the emphasis firmly on live forward-thinking as well as electronic music, the name “Electric Gardens” suddenly seemed very apt.”

And Reading or Chelmsford this ain’t. Mount Ephraim is a family owned stately home steeped in over three hundred years of history.  The house and beautifully landscaped gardens are set amongst eight hundred acres of orchard, fields and woodland. The sloping nature of the site offers a perfect natural amphitheatre to the main stage, which is further enhanced by the stunning natural backdrop www.mountephraimgardens.co.uk

There will be further additions to the line-up, including four very fortunate, as yet unknown acts. A whole host of young bands will thrash it out at Beacon Court Tavern in Gillingham, Kent over five heats from May 25 (1st June/ 8th June/ 22nd June/ 29th June). Five bands will perform each night, judged by a panel of music industry experts, with the winners of each heat competing for the prized appearances in the grand final on July 8th. TWO winners and TWO runners up will get to play over the weekend (that’s four bands in total).

The first heat is already booked, but bands/artists looking to enter future heats in the competition should contact the Electric Gardens team via our web site www.electricgardensfestival.com or www.myspace.com/electricgardensfestival

The lucky winners will also be garlanded with Gibson Epiphone guitars and amps, studio time and music lawyer time, plus there’ll be VIP passes for runners-up & their mates.

And, being a perfectly-formed boutique festival, did we mention that the food doesn’t take a back seat either? Pre- and post-dancing sustenance will be provided by local Kent-based company CBH (who’ve served the ladies and gents at British Grand Prix, Chelsea Flower Show, and the Epsom Derby no less) who are sourcing only local ingredients to provide freshly prepared dishes, including such delights as a hog roast with crackling and apple sauce, as well as their own versions of staple festival fare such as Thai Green Chicken Curry, Bangers & Mash, and stir fries.

And, finally, at Electric Gardens you can say goodbye to overpriced warm cans of lager and cheap spirits in dingy measures. The bars will be stocked with only premium spirits, top brand lager and award winning cask conditioned ale,  all served to the optimum drinking temperatures and with the minimum of fuss (ie nice and cold and by friendly bar staff!)

USEFUL INFORMATION

TICKET PRICE

Electric Gardens believes in keeping costs as low as possible without compromising on the quality of acts, facilities, or any other amenities, and we are therefore delighted to announce that ticket pricing starts at £20 per day. That goes for early birds only and prices will rise to £30 closer to the event.

The Box office opens at 9am Thurs 11 May  www.ticketmaster.co.uk

LINE-UPS                                                                          

SATURDAY AUGUST 5

AUDIO BULLYS

ARMAND VAN HELDEN

CASSIUS

LAYO & BUSHWACKA

PLUMP DJ’S

GET CAPE WEAR CAPE FLY

STANTON WARRIORS

CAGEDBABY

FREQ NASTY

GRANDADBOB

PAUL ARNOLD

MARCUS WALLIS

NATHAN DETROIT

WARREN SUICIDE

SUICIDE SPORTS CLUB

SOHODOLLS

VETO SILVER

TOUCHE

MEZZA BREAKS

GRANT DEE
CHEW THE FAT
SOUTHERN FRIED

ROAST GROOVE

 

SUNDAY AUGUST 6

 

THE CHARLATANS

THE AUTOMATIC

MORNING RUNNER

MYSTERY JETS

THE YOUNG KNIVES

THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO

THE LONG BLONDES

THE FRATELLIS

LARRIKIN LOVE

MOHAIR
THE HOT PUPPIES

THE EARLIES

ADEM

MCRAFT

DUELS

ELECTRIC SOFT PARADE

ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT

BRAKES

FIELD MUSIC

ABSENTEE

SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO

KID HARPOON

FINDLAY BROWN

SCULLY

BATTLE

JAMIE T

THE VEILS

EYOE

KID HARPOON

THE BOYFRIENDS

 

TRAVEL DETAILS

The site is located 7 miles from the university town of Canterbury and is easily accessible from major towns such as Ashford and Maidstone, which are both around a 25 minute drive away. Faversham is 10mins away, Canterbury 15mins away and Whitstable 10 mins away.          

Electric Gardens offers easy access to both the A2/M2, which is less than a mile away from the site.

The local train stations are Canterbury and Faversham, which are easily accessed via London Victoria, Waterloo and Charing Cross.

ROAD:

If you are travelling by road, there is ample parking available at the event. Car parking is free of charge and will be sign posted from the various routes. From the M25, take the junction 2 exit onto the A2 heading south east. Follow the A2/M2 until you reach junction 7, where the road becomes the A299. At the next roundabout follow the signs to the Electric Gardens site.

If traveling via another route, head for junction 7 on the M2 as above, for entrance.

RAIL:  

RAIL: there are taxi ranks at Faversham railway station, which can be reached via London Victoria (for a full timetable of connecting trains visit www.setrains.co.uk).

To book your seat on the bus service and ensure availability please contact the Electric Gardens team at Info@electricgardensfestival.com

We are planning a bus service from Faversham. Please contact the Electric Gardens team via this LINK () if you require the bus service from the train station to the event.

Trains run from London Victoria, Waterloo and Charing Cross to Canterbury and Faversham roughly every half hour. For a full timetable go to www.setrains.co.uk

If travelling on the Eurostar, there is a frequent train service between Ashford International and Canterbury West. For timetable visit www.eurostar.com

ACCOMODATION

There are full camping facilities on site, with prices at a very reasonable £10 per tent for the weekend from Saturday 9.30am to Monday morning. If that all seems a bit too much like hard work try www.kenttourism.co.uk and follow the “where to stay” link.

Alternatively, all inclusive festival tickets and accommodation packages can be booked via www.lastminute.com

OPENING TIMES

Camping starts at 6pm Friday August 4. Gates will open midday on both the 5th & 6th August for day ticket holders and the event closes at 23.00hrs on the Saturday and 22.00hrs on the Sunday. For weekend ticket-holders, the campsite needs to be vacated by 10am Monday morning.

INFO, GUESTLIST & ENQUIRIES: Stephen Emms, Junior Oakes, Jo Uttley & Duncan Clark at EMMS PUBLICITY 020 7226 0990 stephen@emmspublicity.com www.emmspublicity.com