The fifth edition of Marrakesh’s Oasis Festival will run from Friday, September 13th to Sunday, September 15th with live shows and DJs at the Fellah Hotel daily. With acts such as Four Tet, Amelie Lens, Seth Troxler, Jayda G and Âme b2b Dixon topping the bill, we take a look at what’s on offer.
Expect to hear some of the finest electronic music and get every opportunity to experience what Marrakesh has to offer.
Oasis Festival is back where it began in 2019 - the Fellah Hotel. Found just outside the centre of Marrakesh, a shuttle bus is available from select hotels in the Hivernage and Agdal neighborhoods offering a simple journey to and from the festival. At the Fellah, revellers can soak up the sun, dance beneath the stars, lounge amongst tropical gardens and cool off in swimming pools soundtracked by electronic music from 4pm to 6am. Wristbands are valid for two entries per day - meaning you can have a sunshine stint before sundown, then a more ravey one until sunrise. And as a cashless festival, you don’t have to worry about taking your wallet out.
Before we come to the music, there’s the small matter of a backdrop of the Atlas Mountains to think about, plus an arts and culture programme, daily yoga and mouthwatering local cuisine - you’ll be given every opportunity to experience what Marrakesh has to offer. At the Fellah there are lush champagne and cocktail bars, a spa and a hookah lounge. Away from the festival, consider a couple of nights at the Merzouga luxury desert camp, go hiking at the palm-lined gorge of Tamraght River Valley where you’ll find watergall or head to Oukaimeden for skiing in Morocco and prehistoric rock carvings - for more options check out the Oasis Festival explorers guide.
There are plenty of accommodation options, either in Hivernage or Agdal for easiest access to the shuttle bus, or go into the Medina for traditional Riad options - just be mindful that taxis may not drive there despite what Google Maps will tell you. If you’re exploring the Medina, be sure to grab a map or guide and navigate the winding side streets for a proper Marrakesh experience. Check out the 2018 aftermovie for a look at what to expect from Oasis Festival:
As for the music, expect to hear some of the finest electronic music. There’s no surprise to see a strong Detroit contingent Theo Parrish and Moodymann famed for entertaining crowds with their eclectic selections, as well as the latter’s joy of serving a few drinks to the front row, while DJ Bone’s techno is quick-cutting and often surprising. The booking of powerful techno purveyor Anastasia Kristensen, Sónar 2019 closer Amelie Lens, party-starter Jayda G, selector Sonja Moonear and darkwave innovator 박혜진 Park Hye Jin show Oasis is also giving female acts strong support.
The back-to-back pairings are Cassy and Eats Everything, Dixon and Âme and Nicolas Lutz and Binh plus the three-way of Shonky, Dyed Soundorom and Dan Ghenacia as their Apollonia alias. Meanwhile, live sets come from the acid techno fanatics Paranoid London, the Andean-inspired sounds of Nicola Cruz, the soothing blissful beats of Sebastian Mullaert and the equally dream-like Recondite. Balta, Hercules & Love Affair, Kosh and DMX Krew complete the vibrant live offerings.
Moroko Loko founder and veteran of every single Oasis Festival, Amine K, will get behind the decks and there will be sets from local figurehead Polyswitch, old school house man Malik, rising star Monile and newcomers Massimo and Nomads. Chromeo, Archie Hamilton, Eclair Fifi, Robag Wruhme, Dana Ruh, François X, Bassam, Carista, Or:la Optimo, Ciel, Loco Dice, Mall Grab, Seth Troxler, as well ,as Moroccan talents such as Casa Voyager’s Driss Bennis and eclectic selector Yasmean help complete the innovative line-up.
For Oasis Festival tickets, accommodation packages and details about all aspects of the festival including travel go to theoasisfest.com.
Photography by Ollie Simcock for Here & Now (1, 3, 4) and OLOVOV.be (2).