Oasis Festival Marrakech
‘Dance somewhere different’ by sending yourself to ‘the fifth biggest city in Morocco’ and ‘North Africa’s astonishing location’ at Marrakech’s astounding poolside electronic music festival. Put the 16th-18th September in your diary and bring your swimming costume and trunks for the ‘Oasis Festival’ featuring ‘The Source Music Resort’. Reviews have called the impressive event the, "first event of its kind in Morocco, a three-day house and techno affair that aimed to bring international artists to a national audience”. Last year the spectacular Moroccan event was held for the first time at the luxurious ‘Fellah Hotel’…in the heart of Morocco’s gorgeous scenery of ‘Morocco’s Atlas Mountains’, of which ‘the Atlas Mountains provide a stunning backdrop to the Source Hotel’. September 2015, consisted of big headliners such as, ‘Âme, Ellen Allien, Adriatique and Agoria’ and this year it will be even better! The event has proven a grand success so will be hosting a re-run this year but at ‘The Source Hotel Route de l’Ourika’ in Marrakech. You can sizzle away at the glistening pool whilst bumping up and down to the smashing techno, electro, house and disco sounds.
This Septembers suspense will include the likes of the following underground artists, wait for it…‘Amine K, B.Traits, Bicep, Booka Shade, Butch, David August D.J set, Derrick May, Dixon, Dolan Bergin, Dusky, Eli & Fur, Fassi, George Fitzergerald, Leon Vynehall, Helena Hauff, Hunee, Jennifer Cardini, Job Jobse, Kaybe & Majdo, Lindstrom, Mano Le Tough, Margaret Dygas, Massimiliano Pagliara, Matthew Johnson, Maya Jane Coles, Midland, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Objekt, Omar Souleyman, Prins Thomas, Rodriguez JR, Sei A, Speaking Minds, Spoetnik, Steffi, Tale Of Us, The Black Madonna, Unes, Virginia feat Steffi & Dexter.’ Take a breather and relax and unwind in the open air space with the option of crashing down on super comfortable bean bags, or float until your hearts content by taking advantage of the dingy inflatables in the clear blue pool or get extra active and enhance your skills and tactics on the pool table and ping-pong table! That’s not all…to encourage you to learn more about the Moroccan culture there will be traditional yoga classes, henna, ‘Souk’ open-air marketplace and live painting sessions – so you can truly get into the festive spirit!
Food & Drink
There are many on-site food and drink choices formed as ‘pop-ups of establishments in Marrakech’. There are bars at the event which involve the majority of bar-staff being locals, as well as, security staff and drivers…so just mingle with the locals to discover where’s good to treat your taste buds. There is something for everyone, so vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free lovers…fear not! Sip on the finest champagne at the exclusive ‘Champagne bar’ on-site or keep up your appetite and tuck into a delicious BBQ feast at the ‘Food Vendors’ which is great for those carnivore admirers! Make sure you top up your wristband at stations across the site to be able to buy things from the festival because this is a cashless event! Your wristband will be available on the day at the ‘Will Call booth’ which is located outside the festival gates. Otherwise, you can use your credit or debit card but be aware there are no ATM machines on the site…at least it enables you to budget well! In the meantime, you can broaden the horizons and visit one of Marrakech’s best restaurants! A few include, ‘Roti D’or’ – if you are searching for a divine place for lunch then this venue is that fabulous it has achieved the ‘Certificate of Excellence’, other hot spots which have also been awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ includes, ‘Amar’, ‘Dar Cherifa’, ‘La Table du Palais’ and ‘Libzar’. For those who would rather visit restaurants that have been awarded ‘The Travellers’ Choice of 2015 Winner’ then there are, ‘Gastro MK at Maison MK’ and ‘L’Annexe’&a mp;h ellip;which all feature a flavour of the Moroccan cuisine and other selections, such as, steak, Halal, French and more.
Travel & Accommodation
Travel by plane to ‘Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK)’ which is the main airport within the Marrakech area. From here, you can plod into a taxi with a local taxi station nearby to the airport, as well as, a bus station – if you would rather a much cheaper alternative of transport to your desired destination. The festival site is only a 10-minute drive away from the Marrakech city centre which can be accessed by complimentary free shuttle buses from local hotels, such as, ‘The Source Hotel’…however, make sure you register early enough for this great offer to obtain your free pass! Staying at the event itself ‘The Source Hotel’ will make life a little easier! You will be able to party all day and night to the best DJ sets right outside your stunning serviced apartment balcony or villa! Otherwise, there are many other local hotels nearby to the event if you would prefer a quieter atmosphere to return to! Some other hotels include, Riad Kniza Marrakech, Riad Al Badia, Hotel Le Maison Arabe, Kenzi Club Agda Medina, Adam Park Hotel & Spa, Es Saadi Gardens & Resort and so on!
Why not save your money and gain experience by becoming an ambassador for this special affair? You will have the opportunity of earning free tickets for bringing your friends too! Sign up and enhance your CV and meet new people on: ambassador.theoasisfest.com
Otherwise, buy tickets on: https://www.festicket.com/fest ival/oasis-festival-2016/ and have the time of a lifetime!
By Stephanie Smith