Oasis Festival in Marrakech has the distinct honour being Morocco’s first-ever digital music pageant, and this 12 months’s fourth version the occasion introduced 1000’s to the plush gardens the Fellah Hotel for 3 days dancing, artwork, and immersive cultural experiences.
The pageant’s three levels every supplied their very own distinctly distinctive vibes. The Oasis principal stage was flanked by bamboo tree leaves and housed what was arguably the very best efficiency the weekend – DJ Koze’s three-house closing pageant set which was helmed by &ME’s beforehand unreleased “In Your Eyes” EP and commenced with Koze’s personal “Pick Up” earlier than an encore Kanye West’s “Ghost Town.” The Bamboo stage afforded a extra intimate dancing area, and the brand new Mirage stage granted patrons a poolside soiree full with floaties and garden chairs. And though the pageant was offered out, there was at all times room to breathe and comfortably boogie by any crowd.
Besides the top-drawer lineup expertise, which included the likes Carl Cox, Honey Dijon and Damian Lazarus, Oasis Festival fered worldwide attendees an genuine glimpse into Moroccan life. Between day by day yoga classes, a henna tattoo station and hookah lounge, considerable leisure corners lined in colourful rugs and pillows, native cuisines, road meals, and tea, Oasis really showcased the very best each historic and fashionable native flavors to the pageant denizens.
A partnership with the Museum African Contemporary Art Al Maaden hosted an artwork exhibition titled “Flying Over Africa” alongside a panel from the nation’s main creatives Amine Bendriouch, Maya-Inès Touam and Mo Baala. And as a substitute hiding out backstage as many VIPs are inclined to do at festivals, the native dressmaker and elegance icon Bendriouch might be discovered grooving by the pageant dancefloors all weekend, draped in his personal avant-garde creations and embodying Marrakech’ unmistakable mystique.
An oasis is outlined as one thing that serves as a refuge, aid, or nice change from the same old, and Oasis Festival actually lived as much as that identify in diverting from the standard music pageant path to create an enveloping, enchanting journey into Morocco’s customs, allure and life-style.
Photograph by Ollie Simcock for Here & No]