Electric Woodlands was everything a small boutique festival should be
Monday 18th July 2022 |
With festival season in full swing, it was hard to say "NO" to a bass fest gathering down in the idyllic surroundings of Bygrave Woods in Hertfordshire, especially when it is only a 20 mins drive away from your house.
Electric Woodlands went down across two days for 2022, with some heavyweight names donning headline slots across 2 stages. We ventured to the woods for day one and left thinking that this intimate festival had all the essential tickboxes checked for a memorable weekend. The fact that they run up until 4 am each night to cater for the night owls who do not want to retire an afterparty in the camping area is a nice absolute touch.
Arriving on site, it was fairly quiet as we managed to miss the early bird rush getting into the car park which was well signposted once you came off the A1. Once we was in and a mandortary puit stop at the bar, we ventured over to the Cyberpunk Stage as to check out Rinses FM's BKLAVA who was dropping some UK-infused garage flavas to an up for it audience. The upcoming south London DJ set was firmly rooted in that gritty two-step garage beat which is so synonymous with that "Made in London" sound. We stayed behind after BKLAVA's set to check out Annie Mac's house set which got the arena full and vibes turned up. Anne boarded on the more commercial side of House which was exactly what was needed to get the party started.
Not wanting to waste any time, it was a short walk to the Atlantis Stage but first having to incorporate a little pit stop by the Homebass van. The Homebass stage was beating out the tunes to a fairly decent crowd given the fact it is only a small Van with a fuckk of sound system installed. Hemera was the deejay who was having it large, playing a varied selection of DnB old and new played for a loud and leary lot.
Atlantis Stage is actually quite charming, a great light show with a stage tucked away at the back, creating a sort of auditorium effect so everyone has a good view. Hybrid Minds were in full swing and had the masses singing loudly to the turbo-boosted liquid DnB set littered with vocal bangers for maximum crowd involvement. Sub Focus then soon stepped up and turned up the levels a notch as he belted out some of his old classics mixed in with some of his current bangers and remixes.
We headed back to the Cyberpunk stage to cacth an old favourite and one of the reasons we came, Hannah Wants. Perfectly slotted for the 12:30 to 2 am slot, Hannah Wants shook the woodlands to its foundation with a sick selection of tech house weapons. I did not leave my front and centre spot on the floor for the full hour and a half Hannah's set which was simultaneously quirky, sexy and catchy with an inimitable electro, techno and house blend that filled the initially area within minutes. After the full-blown mania of Hannah's onslaught, she sensed it was time to bring the vibe down into a deeper, darker, tech-ier place for the late-night crew.
Electric Woodlands was a slightly surreal, yet brilliant experience – everything a music festival should be. Everyone made the most of the unity this boutique festival delivers, and we witnessed a lot of happy faces as we made our way back to the station. As they say, onwards and upwards and we can't wait to see what they have in store for next year.