Reviewed: Oasis Festival
Having made it out alive from the Moroccan Medina we jumped in a cab to The Source Hotel where Oasis Festival was being hosted only to break down mid-journey! #Onlyinmorocco. After our driver hailing us another taxi we found ourselves arriving down a rocky dirt road to towering walls vibrating with bass. Entry was easy and quick with no ridiculous security measures or epic queues. As we arrived a little late due to the taxi we had missed Amine K‘s opening set and were rolling straight into a bouncy tech house set from Kenny Glasgow B2B My Favourite Robot, the crowd was already swarming the main stage which had a huge pool partially covered with decking to extend the dance floor.
I went to wander the site and found the arena stage wasn’t open on the first day, but there were Moroccan rugs, lanterns and cushions dotted all over with a generous 11 different food vendors, the media building was a miniature palace and would you believe the festival site had free Wi-Fi sponsored by a local provider, this really was a festival site built with attention to detail. The thin winding paths were lined with rosemary, thyme, geranium and lemongrass bushes making it literally the best smelling festival ever and nobody misses a stinking portaloo!
No doubt the site was idyllic but the bass carrying over from the main stage summoned me to Karmon throwing down strong techno waves and who better to warm up for Solomun given he has been belting Karmons tracks since 2012. Solomun briefly appeared on stage around 01:00 to rounds of applause only to drift back to the shadows to allow Karmon an extra half hour behind the decks.
By this point the stage was absolutely rammed shoulder to shoulder with nothing but good vibes and high energy, many had flown from all over the world (Over 60 different countries!) mainly for this set and by the techno gods Solomun did not disappoint, he had the crowd in the palm of his hands. When he dropped his remix of ‘Late Night’ the atmosphere was electric, his set felt like somewhat of a journey, every time it seemed to be over, the beat dropped again.. for a set that was meant to go till 4am a 9am finish was a lengthy and epic display from this techno heavyweight. Opening party? Wow..
Day 2 and I was eager to not miss much and upon arrival was gifted with an inflatable doughnut ring covered in flamingos, confused and delighted I threw the ring over my shoulder and headed for a drink. Bars were still setting up, obviously everyone was feeling the wrath of the extended set from the opening party so I headed over to the arena to find myself looking down into a cave-like crater in the ground with Thris Tian laying down some infamous Boiler Room sounds.
Floating on over to the main stage to catch Young Marco’s heavy hitting house set it was so busy there was no chance of getting up front but the quality of sound was still crisp from a distance. Shortly before his set I spotted KiNK and caught a quick snap with him, what a lovely guy! Needless to say, his live set was absolutely unreal. He was climbing over the decks and handing his wireless keyboard to front row revellers to drop a few chords before the beat dropped, he had created an incredible atmosphere and was loving it just as much as the rest of us.
I opted to see Dolan Bergin B2B Move D over Richie Hawtin as have never seen either of them before and I was not disappointed, the way they bounced off each other was fire, booming housey vibes and heavy hard hitting drops gave me the energy I needed to pull through to the closing sets of the longest day. I could hear Marcel Dettmann echoing atmospheric techno as I wandered to the exit to rest for day 3.
We’re all in this together, day 3 and the guys on the Crepe stand were still throwing shapes as if it was a boomerang from day one, so after busting some moves with the kings of the food court I managed to discover a secret rooftop cocktail bar with a very inviting cushioned chill out space, must have been fate, free cocktails for media for the next 4 hours… result!
After diving into a rosemary bush I got right in the depths of the arena and with the music being boomed out of this 10ft deep dungeon of a dip the sound was spectacularly overwhelming, the type where you give up trying to figure out what your friend is screaming at you. Deep dark tech sounds were drummed out by Chloe & Ivan Smagghe at the arena and across the festival site, Charlotte de Witte was in the midst of the crowd embracing the vibes. Yearning for strong energy levels I departed to save myself for the finale.
Day 4, how ya feelin’? Feeling broken, and Marcellus Pittman was transmitting uplifting house beats and keeping the crowd alive, of course, we are all feeling it, chances are the DJs are too. Jeremy Underground had a banging set of mainly disco while also mixing in some Techno slowly but surely warming us all up for a strong end to an epic weekend – back in the arena Anja Schneider had drawn such a big crowd that it was impossible to enter the lower levels, watching from above hands remained in the air throughout, her set was more housey than others and it was only right as Henrik Schwarz & Jesse Rose were banging out chords, vocals and upfront house beats to which energy levels were booming. Traipsing back over to the main stage for Jackmaster B2B Axel Boman.. needless to say they were headlining the last day for a reason, this was no coincidence, they bounced off each other like a game of ping-pong. Booming house beats while sharing a bottle of tequila the atmosphere was mad, this was the only time the main stage had been so busy since Solomun. Jackmaster was sporting a Celtic rugby shirt true to his roots the pair of them smashed it and although I had my fingers crossed for another extended set they were closing Oasis and did so on time. None the less I certainly didn’t leave feeling let down.
All in all, one of the best festival experiences I’ve ever had. Purely down to an amazing crowd, absolutely beautiful venue with a well-structured lineup and great production quality. Be proud Oasis you’ve done well and if you’ll have me, better know I’ll be back next year!