After them, Myd took over the stage. The French DJ and producer was ready for a wild party – and so was the audience. The artist played a banging techno set that people danced effusively to, making the most of the beginning of the night. Then, it was Âme’s turn. Well, half of it, as the duo formed by Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann sometimes go separate ways to play in different locations at the same time. But don’t get it wrong, Wiedemann’s live set wasn’t at fifty per cent; on the contrary, it was one hundred per cent. The German artist played music for the mind and body, threading a journey through emotional and cinematic songs.
And finally, Amine K was the icing on the cake. What was supposed to be a 2-hour set turned into a 4-hour celebration of togetherness, music and beauty. It is easier said than done, but the Moroccan DJ turned those 4 hours into pure ecstasy, playing hits like Whitney Houston’s Every Woman, mixing them with heavier bangers to then go back to house music rhythms and sounds. An incredibly long journey that kept us up until almost sunrise.
This is the first time the festival takes place outside Marrakech, its birthplace, and it was a bold choice to move it to Dakhla, a place as beautiful as it is inaccessible. Collecting feedback from faithful festival-goers, the opinion was divided. But the director knew that already. “The festival isn’t meant to be an elitist concept or one that is limiting for the people who don’t have the financial means,” Marjana says. “It just so happens that this destination is hard to get to. So next year, the location will be much more accessible.” However, she also feels this choice paid off in the mood and vibe: “The ones who’re here really want to be here. That’s what makes the crowd so special.”
While we wait on next year’s edition, we’ll keep in mind the festival’s eagerness to step out of its comfort zone, challenging the audience to always go one step further. And what better way to do it than with the quote on Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, which was printed on the festival’s cups: “The very basic core of a living spirit is passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”