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Electric Gardens Festival - Charlatans to headline (2006)


Story by Jack Foley

THE Charlatans and The Automatic are among the bands playing Electric Gardens on August 5 and 6, 2006, a new and intimate music festival at the beautiful Mount Ephraim Gardens in Kent.

Joining them on the bill are Larrikin Love, The Long Blondes, Scully and The Fratellis, as well as an impressive roster of alternative dance acts including Cassius, Caged Baby, Layo & Bushwacka and Audio Bullys.

With many festivals growing to a size that can compromise both their charm and their structure, the Electric Gardens festival has opted for a more intimate approach.

The smaller scale provides the potential to create the event around the show’s headline artists, thereby placing the emphasis on getting the right mix of bands and DJs.

What’s more, it’s being offered to festival crowds for no more than £20 per day!

Founded by promoter Marcus Wallis, Electric Gardens is a distinctly personal project.

He explained: “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.”

Mount Ephraim is a family owned stately home steeped in over 300 years of history. The house and landscaped gardens are set amongst 800 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.

And, being a perfectly-formed boutique festival, 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, 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.

To find out more, visit the website