A trend is developing of music events increasing capacities and catering to the masses; this has led to a choice collective seeking the road less travelled, to find pioneering art and music festivals throughout the world. From the 1st – 4th of September, Morocco will hold such an occasion, as Atlas Festival lands in its inaugural year. Don’t Panic explore why Atlas Electronic is one to watch for the future and why it may be the perfect end to the summer of 2016.
Villa Janna provides the ultimate backdrop for the festival; located 20 minutes outside the bustling Marrakesh, find a tranquil setting with incredible mountain views, natural gardens and authentic Moroccan architecture. The eco-friendly complex comes with its own amphitheatre where James Holden and Maalem Houssam Guinia perform for the opening concert, this is guaranteed to be a memorable first evening for the festival.
The weekend programming features a combination of international and local talent. One to watch on Friday is DVS1 – The DJ entered the scene in the 90s by throwing underground raves in Midwest America. Since becoming a resident at the infamous Berghain and Panorama Bar, he has gained a reputation for versatile skills and physical power behind the decks. Also catch DJ duo Optimo – The pair founded and ran the legendary Optimo night in Glasgow for 13 years. They now tour, promote and release music; mixing techno, electro, rock and a range of assorted records from the leftfield.
Day two sees a performance from Wu15, a collaboration of Henry Wu and K15 - Both gained musical knowledge from days spent at London’s greatest jazz café. Inspired by hip-hop, broken beats, jazz and soul; together they are sure to play a warming set to keep you dancing as the day drifts to night. Bambounou also graces the Saturday line-up – At only 24, the Frenchman has a number of standout releases on Modeselektor’s Berlin label 50Weapons. Expect a well-crafted combination of house and techno with bass heavy undertones.
Highlights for the final day include Rotterdam-based Philou Louzolo – With a sound he calls Afrofuturism and four releases under his belt from pioneering Bristol label Banoffee Pies Records; this is sure to be an exotic set with funky horns and groovy samples. Also playing is Fred P aka Black Jazz Consortium – This man has been a focal point for the development of US house music for the last 10 years. Renowned for soul infiltrated 4/4 releases; he is sure to take you on a musical journey that should not be missed.
As well as the outstanding musical programming; Atlas Electronic presents local and international art forms - anticipate live paintings, traditional storytelling, yoga sessions, a soothing shisha lounge as well as a number of special cultural acts to stimulate the senses. Atlas has set itself to be a fine blend of cutting edge Western electronic music and Arabic cultural influences; all served up in a beautiful and relaxing setting at the foot of the Atlas Mountains.
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