With El Dorado just around the corner we have narrowed down a list of 10 things you should be checking out at this years festival! From DJs to bands, slip & slides to the circus schools, we can ensure there is something for everyone.
1. Kool & the Gang
Iconic, Acclaimed, Legendary, are all words that spring to mind when you think of Kool & the Gang. Originally formed as a jazz ensemble in the mid 60s, Kool & the Gang have become one of the most inspired and influential funk units of all time. Their jazz backgrounds and long friendship helped form a tightly knit group with the interplay and improvisation of a jazz outfit, plus the energy and spark of a band with equal ties to soul, R&B and funk. With the rise of disco they continued to dominate the charts with iconic hits such as “Celebrate”, “Get down on it” and ‘Ladies Night’. This year they’ll be closing the Garden Stage on Sunday evening and finishing your weekend with a BANG!
2. Brand New Stages
This year we introduce 3 new stages: El Paradisco, The Sassçienda & Mount Boom, each bringing their own energy and unique features…
Mount Boom is an open air arena which will play host to some of the biggest names on the line up across the weekend! Mount Boom will transform you back in time to the Mayan Mountains of Central America where you can hear everything from House & Disco to Hip-Hop & Drum & Bass as you dance the day away under the Aztec sun!
Combining the roots of disco with the technology of the future! A brand new stage for El Dorado 2019, bridging the gap between music and visuals. El Paradisco will feature LED Screens, Bespoke Visuals, Lasers, and Special Effects combined with some of the world’s leading musical stars & upcoming talent in House, Disco and Techno. Prepare for a sensory experience like no other!
The Sassçienda is an intimate and seductive affair, this is no place for the normal so be sure to leave your inhibitions at the door. Hosted by the Twisted Playden, the stage will come alive with Drag, freak shows, burlesque and DJs as the party continues into the early hours.
3. Brother Marcus
Situated in the heart of El Dorado, the Brother Marcus Restaurant will offer guests the chance to enjoy a private sit down meal with an incredible menu whipped up by one of London’s top restaurants. Famed for offering the holy trinity of great food, great coffee and great service, Brother Marcus has created a tantalising menu fit for El Dorado festival goers. For three days only, they will be hosting brunch and lunch on site at the festival, showcasing the very best of Brother Marcus. Over the last 3 years, Brother Marcus has gained recognition from some of London’s best-renowned food critics, with the likes of Time Out, Vogue and GQ all voting them as one of ‘London’s Best Breakfast Spots’. Well-known for whipping up brunch classics with a contemporary twist this is surely not one to miss at El Dorado.
4. The Club House
The Club House consists of a multi-purpose tented venue and large outdoor Playing Field. Both provide an imaginative environment where audiences can be entertained while participating in a plethora of sports and games.
Games include Sexy Flexi, Muggle Quidditch, Musical Benches, Synchronised Disco, Volleyball, Badminton, Swing Ball plus loads more!
5. Fancy Dress
Saturday’s fancy dress this year will one again embrace our mythical roots, with the word El Dorado translating directly as ‘The Golden One’ in Spanish. We hope that the golden sparkle will encourage the sun to shine on the Eastnor Castle Deer Park.
This years brand new Sunday theme, brought to you by our headliners Kool & The Gang – ‘Jungle Boogie’. Taking inspiration from the 1973 smash hit and combining it with the mythical jungles of El Dorado. This theme encourages you to step back in time, find your inner jungle animal and join us for a wild Sunday in the Lost Kingdom…
6. Bingo Lingo
BINGO LINGO is the newest and most exciting breed of Bingo that’s sweeping across the UK. They’ve taken Bingo, shaken all the dust out and turned it into one exhilarating, party, raving, mad bingo night! Created and launched at warehouse venue DEPOT in CARDIFF, BINGO LINGO has quickly become a phenomenon, and we are now touring across UK venues. Prepare yourself for an unrivaled experience of dance-offs, twerking, joke prizes and on stage mischief. Look out for Bingo Lingo in the the Cirque Du Soul big top tent on Saturday and Sunday!
7. Reggae Yoga
After a long day of partying, kick off your mornings the right way with the perfect pairing of Reggae and Yoga.
Taught by festival favourite Elena, she will be sharing her love of yogic community and experience in the creative body on site for everyone to enjoy!
8. The Fantasy Tribe
Once upon a time, somewhere on top of the rainbow was a magical unicorn. She was wild and free and had the sharpest horn a corn could ask for, but the one thing she missed was company, she became so lonely that the glitter she once sneezed turned to sand. One day, the unicorn peeked through the clouds and caught sight of a gathering taking place on the land below, puffs of glitter floated through the air and the whole party radiated sparkle like she once did. The jaded unicorn decided enough was enough, she hopped up from her cloud, straddled the rainbow and slid down to land to begin her expedition of visiting these colourful clusters and gathering a group of likeminded mythical’s such as herself. The unicorn travelled far and wide, sneezing her glitter once more on the mermaids, fellow unicorns, phoenixes, princesses and aliens she met along the way, but the group were still missing one thing; a uniform.. Hence the fantasy tribe was born.
9. Ale Dorado
Kick back and enjoy the sunshine with a pint of our very own Ale Dorado. Once again we’ve teamed up with Wye Valley Brewery to create our very brew!
Ale Dorado 2019 will be 3.9% ABV with Mosaic, Summit, Cascade, Pilot and Azacca hops joining forces to provide some seriously hoppy clout. This session IPA, with its moreish malt undertones, zesty fruit flavours and a refreshingly crisp finish, is perfect for festival season! It will be available on tap for you at El Dorado Festival this summer alongside a range of other draught Lagers and Ciders for the very first time.
10. The Grande Finale
Make your way to The Garden Stage for Kool & The Gang’s headline performance on Sunday night then witness the Grand Finale unfold in true El Dorado tradition…