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Electric Elephant Festival Preview

Rebecca Who on the festival that makes Manchester move to Croatia for a week

Written by . Published on June 29th 2011.

Electric Elephant Festival Preview

THE Manchester music scene. Many people argue it’s stuck in the past.

The Factory name has certainly been resurrected plenty of times and The Smiths types are still lurking. But something that’s been around for a while now, just unassumingly being effortlessly cool is The Electric Chair.

Yes, it closed its doors in 2008 after fixing itself firmly in the pages of Manchester’s music scene history books, but don’t let that fool you. Justin Crawford and Luke Cowdrey, collectively known as the Unabombers, faked its death.

Since Electric Chair, there has been the annual End of Year Riot party which sees the usual crew back together in the basement of Legend's. 

Homoelectric, spawned from Electric Chair, is still going strong as did Nish Nash Nosh which had a good run at The Mint Lounge. This was back when Mint lounge was Manchester’s only Burlesque club and Love Saves the Day was above it - remember that? One for the well established Manchester resident. And for the past four years there has been Electric Elephant.

Electric Elephant is a five-day festival on the Adriatic Coast. Headed by Huw Morgan, its a natural evolution of the original Electric Chair...it never really died, it just moved on.

The festival gathers together world famous DJs such as Chicago’s house producer Derrick Carte,r and puts them ina line up alongside Manchester’s own stars like The Warehouse Project’s Krysko and Will TRAMP! Huw then takes them all to Croatia to play on a beach or in a boat.

We spoke to Huw about the festival:

MC: What's your background? 

HM: Welsh, Rugby

What made you set up EE?

We needed to find somewhere to lay the ashes of Electric Chair to rest.

Why Croatia?

It's a beautiful place, the people, the weather, the food, the clear blue sea.

Tell us about that B. A. Baracus moment when Theo Parrish said "I ain't getting on no boat."

 Not much to tell - he just doesn't do boats. The biggest shock Theo had was when he turned up wearing three hooded tops and a leather jacket thinking Croatia was somewhere near the Arctic.

Who are you looking forward to most?

Too many to mention. That's the beauty of a festival, you get the chance to hear so many artists.

What's the future for EE?

More of the same.

There’s a large chance here that the vibe in basement Mancunia might have been pulled, not so kicking and screaming into the sun. Sounds promising, but we’re not so sure, so we’ll have to go and find out.

Electric Elephant takes place between 14-18 July. Tickets are available now, priced at £85 for the full, five-night shebang, info at www.electricelephant.co.uk.


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