In what will no doubt come as welcome news to Electric Gardens fans, much-loved festival Return to Rio have announced that they will be bringing the flair, fun, and a progressive edge back to Electric Gardens in Centennial Park once again in 2018, hosting their own Return to Rio Hangout at the Sydney event. Return to Rio’s Hangout offering will be open to the public for the first time, and will present EG and Rio fans with an incredible line-up of world-beating artists – all hand-picked in a collaborative curation process between the Return to Rio and Electric Gardens festival directors.
Flying the Rio flag this year will be Henry Saiz, DJ Edu Imbernon, Jeremy Olander, and Peter Dundov (live) – a supreme selection that will no doubt bring an exciting new dimension to the day’s proceedings! Directors said they chose to focus on choosing selectors that have a sense of fun; that are melodic, progressive, and typically play sets with a steady, unhurried vibe. “This year, our Return to Rio line-up is championing the progressive sound we adore,” enthuses EG director Damian Gelle, “You can cruise and take your time to unwind in this arena for sure – but certain parts of the day and night will also be a complete, high-energy exchange between the DJ and crowd!”
As a brand, Return to Rio are known for their extravagant, colourful festival décor and the incredible costumes and character creations of Return to Rio’s patrons – The Hangout will embrace the Return to Rio aesthetic – expect incredible decorations, dress-ups and the lively spirit of Return to Rio to be in full force. Says Gelle of the continuing strong relationship between the two festivals – “When we first visited the Return To Rio Festival, we loved the vibe – it was the closest thing Australia had to Bestival, in our opinion. Ourselves and the Return to Rio family have a mutual respect for each others’ taste in music, and it’s been fantastic to have been working together on Return to Rio stages since Electric Gardens’ inception.”
The announcement of the Return To Rio Hangout follows on from no less than three, huge stage announcements that have already come from the Electric Gardens team, including news that they have secured one of the most sought-after party brands in the world, Circoloco, for an arena of international talent, featuring Dubfire, Nicole Moudebar, Apollonia, Art Department, and Clive Henry. As well as news that a selection of diverse, contemporary club acts driving the Australian dance scene forward – including Motez, The Aston Shuffle, Bella Sarris, Willaris. K, Luke Million and more will take to their very own stage, Southern Sounds, programmed by Sydney tastemakers UNDR Ctrl. These acts join the mainstage line-up of international heavy-hitters: Fatboy Slim, Armand van Helden, Gorgon City (DJ set), and MK., who are all set to blow away Sydney crowds in the lush, inner-city, alfresco venue of Centennial Park this summer.
In what’s been the fastest-selling Electric Gardens event in the festivals’ three year history, first and second release tickets to the Centennial Park event are already sold out, with only a limited amount of third release tickets remaining via the website. Sydney – First and second release sold out. Limited amount of 3rd Release on sale now for $140 + BF. Perth and Brisbane Electric Gardens also onsale now via www.electricgardens.com.au – See website for further details