If you're looking to head to a foreign festival, the go-to destination for Brits over the past ten years or so has been Croatia. With that scene now at a point of saturation, many of us have been looking for an alternatvie destination to soak up rays, vibes and a healthy serving of bass. This year someone has finally stepped up to fill that need and the destination is at the very tip of the Afircan continent - Marrakech.
Oasis festival set out to bring a totally unique experience to teh festival circuit by pioneering the first ever house festival in the Morrocan sunshine - and they didn't dissapoint. Set in the idyllic grounds of Fellah hotel, the Oasis camp managed to serve up a little bit of paradise with some of the biggest names in house and techno gracing the decks and providing the soundstrack.
The daytime brought the ultimate chilled atmosphere. With the main stage DJ booth set up on a balcony overlooking the swimming pool, you could find most people sipping on their beverage whilst chilling in a rubber dingy, getting to know complete strangers from all corners of the globe. With a capacity capped at a couple of thousand, there was always optimal space and minimal queues at the bar, a rarity nowadays as every man and his dog smashing the festival calendar all over the globe.
The greatest thing about the festival - besides the underground market, heavyweight DJs (they managed to make a last minute booking of the legendary Carl Craig), authentic Morrocan cuisine and multiple spots to chill by the pool - was the fact you felt like a guest in a rather large house party. Everyone got to know everyone, you'd find yourself dancing with complete strangers and the vibe was kept friendly from start to finish.
Music highlights for me had to be Danny Daze's set as the sun started to dip below the horizon on the Friday, DJ Harvey's mammoth closing show and the lesser known artists bringing a more intimate atmosphere on the second stage (a capacity of around 100 people all dancing around a wooden DJ booth and picturesque water feature). If you really weren't feeling a day of drinking and dancing, the greatest thing about the setting was you could take your own excursions and go camel riding, shopping in the historic city centre or chill by your own villa hotel pool until the sun went down and the real party started.
Honestly, if you're looking for something different in 2016, you're only destination is Marrakech.
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Edited by James Tufnell