Are you a musical explorer?
You relish an adventure and proudly reject the mainstream in favour of the new and unique. You lead where others follow. This year take a journey to magical Marrakech for Oasis Festival.
Nestled on the outskirts of the bustling city of Marrakech in the luxurious surroundings of the Source music resort, Oasis brings a slice of festival paradise to Morocco, shining the light on North Africa as the latest must-visit festival destination. This year’s line-up includes an exclusive Opening Party headlined by Solomun, plus a weekend of mind-blowing sets from Richie Hawtin, Nicolas Jaar, Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, Moodymann, KiNK, Karenn, Charlotte de Witte, Jeremy Underground, Chloé and more. In addition to the cutting-edge music programme, there is daily yoga, massage and reflexology, authentic local street food, a wide selection of locally produced and organic products, market vendors, henna artists and more. With the ‘Red City’ of Marrakech just 10 minutes from the festival it’s also the perfect opportunity to explore the rich Berber, Arabic and Moorish culture, historic sights, desert landscapes, souks, spas and aromatic cuisine.
Oasis Festival takes place from 15-17 September 2017. Book now at theoasisfest.com
Are you a techo tourist?
When it comes to music you know what you like and that’s techno. You’ve blitzed Berlin and now it’s time to sample Amsterdam. Welcome To The Future festival is the one for you.
For the eleventh year in a row, Het Twiske’s mesmerising nature reserve, just outside of Amsterdam, will host one of the summer’s most extraordinary electronic music events. Welcome to the Future family members include some of house and techno’s most relevant DJs and live-acts. Loco Dice, Chris Liebing, Seth Troxler, Dave Clarke, Kölsch, Damian Lazarus, Kerri Chandler and Lil Louis are among those headlining the eight stages, with acts including Artefakt, Monoloc, Audion, Jackmaster, Claptone, DJ Seinfeld and Ross From Friends also confirmed to play. And, as always, the Dutch scene is strongly represented, with names like Tom Trago, Steve Rachmad, ROD, De Sluwe Vos, Sandrien, Joran van Pol and Wouter S. With the festival taking place on Saturday 22 July, there’s even time to swing by the city for a pre-festival session at clubs like De School, Claire and Shelter.
You’re a city traveller
For you, a summer getaway should combine the three best things in life – music, food and travel. You want to get your culture fix at a gallery or two and indulge in a true gastronomic experience at one of those restaurants you saw on the Masterchef finals, before watching some of this year’s biggest headliners perform. This year head to Spain for Bilbao BBK Live.
Set atop the Kobetamendi Hill with breathtaking views across culture-rich Bilbao, Bilbao BBK Live 2017 will showcase acts including Depeche Mode, The Killers, Die Antwoord, Justice, Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club, Fleet Foxes, The 1975, Sundara Karma, Cabbage and a whole host of Spanish musical talent. Basoa, the festivals carefully curated dance music space will also play host to uninterrupted party sessions from many of the most-respected names in electronic music including Dixon, The Black Madonna, Andrew Weatherall, Daphni, Job Jobse, DJ Tennis and Motor City Drum Ensemble. With many more acts still to be announced, it’s the perfect excuse for a long weekend in Bilbao, home to the Guggenheim Museum, a vast cultural hub, and the world-famous Basque gastronomic scene.
Bilbao BBK Live takes place from 6-8 July 2017. Book now at Bilbaobbklive.com
You love beats and beaches?
You love the sun, you love electronic music and you LOVE a good party. This year, don’t miss the opening of Hï Ibiza, the brand new superclub by Ushuaïa Entertainment.
Hï Ibiza opens its doors for the first time on Sunday 28th May. The club formerly known as Space, will be elevated to new heights, with a fresh new look and the most advanced sound and technologies on the island. From May through September Hï Ibiza will play host to the finest selectors from the global electronic music scene, including an impressive array of high-profile residents including Armin van Buuren, Black Coffee, Eric Prydz, Kölsch, Joris Voorn, Luciano, Martin Garrix, Nic Fanciulli, Steve Lawler plus many, many more.
All about team rave?
When it come to travel it’s all about gathering your squad in the ultimate place to party. This year, take a journey to Mysteryland in the Netherlands.
Just a short distance from the city of Amsterdam, the world’s longest running dance music festival takes visitors on a creative journey, combining the finest electronic music with an extensive arts and culture line-up. With over 300 acts, crisscrossing house, techno, disco, African beats, vinyl-only, hardstyle, hip hop and feel-good bands, there’s something for every electronic music fan. Some of the many highlights from this year’s programme include Above & Beyond, Andy C, Armin van Buuren, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Carl Cox, Craig David presents TS5, Deadmau5, Eats Everything, Hannah Wants, Kölsch, Nastia, Oliver Heldens, Rebekah and Sven Väth. All this plus theatre, movies, live art, interactive installation art, street performers, hidden raves in the forests and spectacular shows on awe-inspiring stages complete with lazers, fireworks and more. Those in the know book camping or glamping passes for special unannounced sets throughout the weekend.