Sunday, July 14, 2024

The life-enriching MOGA is back after two year hiatus with another exceptional experience featuring an eclectic mix of music, wellness, art, and conferences in Essaouira (Morocco) for its 5th edition in October 2024 from 2nd to 6th. The much-loved cultural gathering spans five days and features a wealth of activities and concerts in the city centre (from October 2-3) and the irresistible main events at the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa (October 4-6). The first lineup announcement includes Dekmantel Soundsystem, DJ Tennis, dOP, Margaret Dygas, Seth Troxler, Rhadoo, Prins Thomas, Hunee, Sonja Moonear, Shkoon and more.

The festival’s Portuguese edition recently set a record with 23,000 attendees. The Moroccan edition aims to host 16,000 festival-goers, 30% of whom are international. The OFF program on October 2-3 offers free and paid activities in Essaouira, including workshops, yoga classes, and concerts. Among the international artists, the best of the Moroccan electronic scene was represented and the country was also highlighted through a multitude of cultural initiatives including a mural by street artist Said Sabah created with the support of the Moroccan Ministry of Youth, Culture, and Communication, as well as the Almada City Hall.

From October 4-6, the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa will feature five stages with Moroccan, Portuguese, and international artists for the first time in two years after last year’s edition was cancelled due to an earthquake in the region. Originally called Amogdul (“The Well Guarded” in Berber), Essaouira became Mogador under Portuguese and Spanish influence. Its medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has appeared in “Game of Thrones” and several films. A popular spot for surfers and kite surfers, Essaouira exudes a laid-back, hippie lifestyle. The 1960s libertarian movement found a haven here, attracting legends like Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens.

For the 2024 edition, the word and wonderful sounds of Seth Toxler will be joined by Scandi-disco king Prins Thomas, Zurich DJ and club owner Kalabrese brings his minimalist disco, Romanian techno pioneers Praslea and Rhadoo drop stylish sounds, and the popular Pachanga Boys, known for their loved up mix of house, prog and plenty in between, also play, as do notable French house trio Apollonia with their famously deep and heady sounds.

On top of this will be cult Japanese minimalist Fumiya Tanaka, the love-fueled selections of disco, soul and house man Hunee, live shows from Stavroz, ADASSIYA and French outfit dOP, house and techno brilliance from Margaret Dygas and heady loops from Maayan Nidam and much more to come.

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