If you’ve been paying attention to this site then you can’t fail to have noticed just how excited we are about Electric Gardens in Centennial Park this Saturday 23rd January.  I’m really not exaggerating when I say this could be the best electronic music festival in Sydney in a long time, possibly ever. And we have 2 sets of VIP passes to give away!

The two Aussie guys behind Electric Gardens, Damian Gelle and Anton Marmot (T1000), met in London in the 90s, bonded over a mutual love of music and were eventually responsible for creating the famous SW4 festival in Clapham in 2004. Over the next 10 years they grew it into the largest electronic music festival in London, showcasing the cream of international DJs and hosting  70,00 people over 2 days. So they know a thing about putting on major dance music events.

Having moved back to Sydney (for the weather and family, they say) they are now applying their knowledge, experience and, most importantly, their list of DJ contacts to the challenge of finally giving Sydney the electronic music festival it’s been crying out for. Electric Gardens is a deliberately boutique affair for grown ups who appreciate a higher quality production  with those little extra touches (lasers, confetti canons and fireworks anyone?) alongside their international, top notch house and techno music.


Great attention has been paid to the details such as good quality food and drink. There’s a craft beer stand hosted by Sydney favourites Young Henry’s and the bars will serve good quality wine. There are lockers to stash your purse/keys/jumper as well as chargers for your phone, numerous decent toilet facilities, free water stations and even a fairground! Nothing brings on a festival rush quite like being flung around on a waltzer to your favourite tunes, trust me. The lush green surroundings of Centennial Park also lend themselves to a more discerning crowd and the fabulous VIP area, The Hangout, run by local stalwarts, Return To Rio, provides the icing on the cake. It promises extra bars, upscale loos, garden furniture and shelter, not to mention an extra stage with second sets from some of the DJs.

But, most importantly, where Electric Gardens really scores is with the music. Have you seen this line up? Fatboy Slim, Erick Morillo, John Digweed, Dubfire, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren and Norman Jay MBE to name just some of my personal faves. It is a truly incredible array of international DJs of huge experience still at the top of their game and pushing the edge of quality electronic music. And best of all, they have staggered, extended set times. None of this dashing about to catch 10 minutes of your favourite cos they are only on for 45 minutes at the same time as someone else you’ve been dying to see.



Have we convinced you? Good. Because we have not one, but TWO, sets of double VIP passes to Electric Gardens and The Hangout!!



Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to our winners: Chris and House-Martin!


UPDATE: As Chris sadly did not get in touch in time, the runner up is Anthony! Congratulations Anthony.


If you haven’t won, there are still a few remaining tickets left. Click here for more info and to buy.


If a winner has not provided their details before 3.15pm today, Friday 22nd January 2015, the prize will pass onto a runner up. PLEASE check your inbox and junkmail for an email from Sydney Social 101.


WHAT: Electric Gardens

DATE: Saturday January 23rd

LOCATION: Centennial Park, Sydney

GATES: Midday – 10:00PM

TICKETS: Limited number of final release tickets available now www.electricgardens.com.au

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Check out the positively salacious Main Stage lineup HERE:

31 Responses

  1. Derek Gerstmann

    Who am I most excited about seeing at Electric Gardens? Most definitely Norman Cook … aka Fatboy Slim. The man redefined electronic music and introduced the pop world to heavy electro funky beats. His live presence knocks the socks off kids half his age, and there’s always a bit of sly humour shoved into his sets. He’s a funk riot!

  2. Zoe Harper

    Would love to win these two VIP tickets, as I would love to see Norman Jay ripping his absolute old school classics in the amazing sunshine with all my friends! The legend never disappoints and always gets the crowd pumping 🙂

  3. Keli Parkes

    Looking forward to seeing John Digweed. Seen him every time he comes to Sydney. First time was back in the 90’s. Saw him in New York at club Twilo in 2000. And at Chinese Laundry in 2014. He smashes it every time.

  4. Mark Fitzpatrick

    Would be very excited to win so I could see James Zabiela sexually assault his iPad again, for the first time since Global Gathering 2011!! 🙂

  5. Anthony Skinner / Chillz

    I’m most excited to see Jeremy Olander to be honest.
    I know the rest of the lineup is incredible, but when Olander was here last, I literally cried with joy during his set.
    It was like the magic and wonder of old school Disney movies weaving together in audio form.
    It was like I was riding rainbows of sound through my soul.

    Can’t wait.

    • Clare Gemmell

      Congratulations Anthony! You are our runner up as the first winner did not respond. Please check your inbox and junkmail for my email asap.

  6. Ben Thompson

    If I could get to see Digweed it would take me back in time to when my 2 oldwe brothers used to play his sets before leaving their under age brother (me) to go out and watch him live in Manchester and Liverpool. I never got to see him with my bros but would love to see if he still throws it down like he used to!

  7. Rachel

    Right here, right now #fatboyslim

    DIGWEED- dos not need an explanation! Bring it!!

    I’ll be there no matter what but, a VIP would be an an AMAZING addition to what is shaping up to be the best Australia day weekend EVER!! #electricgardens YIEEWW

    and yes I’ll see you at the after party at OAF

  8. Lucy

    I would love to see Fatboy Slim play! Having seen him in the UK a few years ago I think he would more then approve if I could EAT SLEEP RAVE REPEAT that experience but as a VIP in Sydney during my last month here!

  9. Matt Conroy

    To see the old boy Norman (like myself) still mix it up with the party people! Never seen Morillo either which would be nice. Plus, I don’t get out much these days.?

  10. Seb

    It’s the long weekend!!! So I’m totally looking forward of losing track of times with the Pachanga Boys ;p

  11. justin

    The whole line up is mad but it would have to be Eric Morillo. So much energy in every mix he does and is a top tier show man on par with the best of the tech & house scene now that he’s gotten back to dropping proper bombs!!

  12. James

    Without a doubt DUBFIRE! I have wanted to see him for years. Just had my best mate land over from the UK and this would be an awesome way to introduce them to Sydney!!!

  13. Aster

    John Digweed & Fat Boy Slim, a great way to say goodbye to Australia flying on Sunday

  14. Natalie

    Ahhhhh no question about it, Fatboy Slim! The last time I saw him I was in the pool at Potato Head in Bali and he was the act for the night. One of the best nights of my life, what a talented guy, would LOVE to see him create magic again.
    Eat. Sleep. Fatboy Slim. REPEAT!

  15. Jim

    I’m most excited about the whole line up…. All my favourite DJs playing at what will be remembered as the most awesome dance music festival anywhere in the World…! I just can’t wait…

  16. Ronnie

    Ive always been obsessed with Bedrock Records since the beginning, so this is an unmissable event for me! Always keen for Digweed and Nick warren but need to see Henry Saiz, Nic Fanciulli and Hernan Cattaneo as I’m a long time fan of their music but haven’t had the privilege of seeing them live yet!

  17. Rebekah Bell

    I would be so excited to see every single one of them, I’m a massive electro/techno fan! But most of all would be the legend fatboy slim himself and also John digweed. My boyfriend and I went to see fatboy slim in Belfast, Northern Ireland for our first date, and what an amazing experience it would be to see him 6 years later now we are living the dream in sydney!!

  18. Vee

    I’m pumped for Digweed & Fat Boy. Looking forward to dancing up a storm to them.

  19. Chris

    Right Here, Right Now I want to Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat with my electro dance brother from another mother, Fat Boy Slim, because his music is so hot, I cant help but go Gangster Trippin with my feet. I Praise You FBS for you are my secret to why I’ve stayed so trim all these years.

    • Clare Gemmell

      Congratulations Chris! You are a winner. I will email you shortly with details of your prize. Please check your junkmail in case it goes there and reply within the hour.

      • Clare Gemmell

        Chris!! You have 5 minutes to answer my email or I’m going to have to pass your prize on! HURRY UP!!

      • Clare Gemmell

        Sorry, Chris, by the rules of the comp the prize has had to pass to another… 🙁

  20. Pamela

    Omg!!! Hernan cattaneo I was so lucky to see him in Vińa Del
    Mar, and he is amazing…to see him again will be priceless and not only him all of them…is the bday gift I need this year!!!

  21. guy nardo

    It would have to be hands down fat boy slim. Ive seen him once he it was f*×@ing amazing, please let me see him again.

  22. Rita L

    I’d love to see Norman Jay again, he brings back so many great memories of seeing him at summer festivals in Sydney years ago. I have a friend arriving from New York Saturday morning who I haven’t seen in 18 years & the last time I saw her was seeing Norman at Bondi Beach & it was unforgettable. I’m so disappointed to miss Norman’s set at 1pm because of her flight but could make 3.30pm at The Hangout & I would love to surprise her…it was be amazing if I won!

  23. House-Martin

    I’ve rare-grooved to Norman Jay, had a Renaissance to Digweed, expressed a Strict Rhythm to Erick and gone Way Out West for Nick Warren. I’ve had a Deep Dish with Dubfire and bounced on Brighton Beach to Fatboy at The Big Beat Boutique – I’ve even been to Hull (What A Good Place To Be) but what I need now is to introduce my Aussie Angel to them and show her why I love it all. And I can do this in only one Electric day at this Garden Festival!

    • Clare Gemmell

      Congratulations House-Martin! You are a winner. I will email you shortly with details of your prize. Please check your junkmail in case it goes there and reply within the hour.


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