Electric sound waves to hit Mount

The Electric Peacock Festival kicks off on December 17 at the Paradise Beach, Mount Lavinia Hotel. The location of the event was moved from Negombo to accommodate a larger number of festival fans after the announcement that Grammy Award winning DJ Roger Sanchez will be performing at the Festival.

The festival line-up will feature a number of artists from a variety of genres including Roger Sanchez, the world renowned superstar DJ and Ibiza party icon; The Duke Spirit, a London-based rock sensation; Covert Boom, a breakbeat/hip hop/indie group; and Funk Royale Soundsystem, a dance inducing DJ duo.

Duke Spirit

It’s not just about having fun, the Electric Peacock Festival is supporting worthy causes. Speaking at an event held at Colombo’s trend-setting night club Amuseum, at the Galle Face Hotel, Festival Director Tasha Marikkar said that the event aims to raise funds for two charities; the Grassroots Foundation, which does work towards alleviating poverty in rural areas of Sri Lanka, and the Sunshine Charity, which runs a day-care centre in Trincomalee for children affected by the tsunami and the war.

“The Electric Peacock Festival is part of our greater vision, so we are really excited to have such an amazing line up of live acts playing, helping us to create awareness about great music while also benefiting charitable causes,” says Tasha.

Festival goers are in for a world-class treat. Likely to delight is the much-anticipated, first-time performance in Sri Lanka, of Roger Sanchez, who has had legendary performances at the world’s most exclusive events. With his chart-topping hits, award winning radio show and acclaimed compilation series Release Yourself, Roger is still at the top of his game; spanning three decades on a meteoric journey from underground cult figure to master of the global club stage.

Among the Sri Lankan talent featured at the festival will be the internationally acclaimed DJ Nihal, who hosts an award winning show on the UK’s BBC Radio 1 and has played at numerous top music festivals, including Bestival and Glastonbury.

Another highlight of the festival will be a performance by The Duke Spirit, an English rock band that will be making its first ever Asian appearance. Formed in London in 2003, the band has steadily gained recognition and popularity over the years. After headlining tours of the UK, the band’s album was released in the U.S. and they found themselves travelling through America, including a highly praised performance at the Coachella festival in California. Their sound is considered to be influenced by the alternative noise of 1980s/90s guitar bands, the rock n roll of bands such as The Cramps and The Gun Club, early R&B, garage, psychadelia and even Motown. The band is currently touring with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in the UK.

Up-and-coming indie trio, Trophy Wife, from Oxford consisting of a drummer, a guitarist and a violinist, are definitely in the running to become the UK’s Best New Indie Act of 2011, having been featured in the prestigious UK publication The Guardian and been described as “international, instrumental and incredible.” The trio identifies their music as a kind of “ambitionless office disco,” and according to Fame Magazine, their “sparse rhythms melt around guitars, augmented by Jody Prewett’s fragile, restrained vocals.”

“With such great talent performing, the Electric Peacock Festival 2010 is sure to make its mark this year,” says Festival Producer Rajiv Mukuthan.

Festival Passes will be available at the Grant Group’s office. For more information please visit the festival website, or call the festival hotline, 0722339339.

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