Friday, June 14, 2024

Oasis: Into the Wild unveils the first wave of acts for 2023 and announces a brand new location for the festival’s second edition. Taking place from 27-29 October 2023, Oasis: Into the Wild will take place at the iconic Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate, Morocco, where film and TV epics like Gladiator, Game of Thrones and The Mummy were filmed.  This cultured gathering offers a feast for all the senses with world-class sound from international names like Honey Dijon, DJ Koze, Jyoty, Partiboi69 b2b LB aka Labat, Romy, Sofia Kourtesis and TSHA, as well as a notable roster of talented Moroccan acts.

Into the Wild is the latest festival concept from the team behind Morocco’s Oasis Festival, the only one african festival includes in DJ Mag Top 100; Journeying beyond Oasis Festival’s original home in Marrakech, Into the Wild invites festivalgoers to dance somewhere different and discover yet more of Morocco’s most unique and exciting travel destinations through the lens of music, culture and wellbeing.

Musically it is another rich offering at Into the Wild 2023, with Grammy Award-winning Beyoncé collaborator Honey Dijon topping the bill for the first wave of acts, along with the curveball sounds of Pampa boss DJ Koze. Amsterdam-born, London-based Jyoty brings her bubbling blend of genre-hopping club music, whilst enigmatic selector Partiboi69plays b2b alongside Frenchman LB aka Labat. The xx’sRomysteps up for a hybrid set, performing tracks from her new solo album, plus there’s worldly sounds from Peruvian producer, vocalist and DJ Sofia Kourtesis, and forward-thinking house and techno from London-based TSHA.

Elsewhere on the festival bill, there’s ravey dreamscapes from British-Pakistani producer Ahadadream, eclectic mixes of funk, soul and jazz from NTS regular Mafalda, sweet garage from originator Todd Edwards, raw techno from Maelstrom & Louisahhh, off-beat thrills from psychedelic soul-savant Jitwan and much more across the electronic spectrum from Goya Gumbani, Kampire, Nabihah Iqbal, Nooriyah, Paula Tape and Tarzsa. There is also a wealth of local talents and emerging Moroccan stars who are defining their scene, including AliA, ANÏA, AMVN, Capra, Driss Bennis aka OCB, Kawtar Sadik, Kosh, Liver J, Nathabes B2B Abel Ray, NOMADS and OJOO GYAL.

Off the dance floor, Oasis Into the Wild offers a vibrant mix of sensory stimulation: there will be showcases of contemporary Moroccan cuisine with an on-site pop-up dining experience, plus cutting-edge art and culture pop-ups from North Africa’s most exciting creators and tastemakers. There is also plenty of opportunity to relax and recuperate with a host of wellness activities.

It all takes place at the world-renowned Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate, the filming location of a wide range of Hollywood epics, which boasts stunning views over the surrounding desert landscape. The three-hour drive from Marrakech to Ouarzazate is one of the most scenic drives in North Africa, taking you through the majestic Atlas Mountains on a journey to remember. Dedicated coaches for festival attendees will run directly from various points in Marrakech, including the airport, all of which can be booked direct via the festival’s website.

photo credits: Solovov

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