Oasis Festival Just Dropped Its Full 2017 LineupArticle by: Laura Mason|@masonlazarus
Thu June 01, 2017 | 11:15 AM
As far as destination festivals go, Oasis Festival is up there. Held in Marrakech, Morocco at the stylish Source luxury music resort, Oasis beckons attendees to "dance somewhere different." That's easy when the festival's lineup boasts both international underground electronic music stars and Moroccan electronic music geniuses, as it has each year since 2015.
In 2017, nonstop beats from plenty of masterminds await. Leading the charge are fire headliners like techno pioneer Richie Hawtin, Marcel Dettmann, deep house maestro Maceo Plex, Moodymann, and Nicolas Jaar live. Just-announced names include DJ Stingray, Call Super, Pantha du Prince, Black Rose, Willow, Shed, Dr. Rubinstein and more.
Festival founder Marjana Jaidi, who is half Moroccan and had visited Marrakech often as a child, said her first inclination was to create something along the lines of Miami’s Winter Music Conference and Ultra. But a return trip to Morocco changed her mind. She realized she wanted Oasis to reflect the uniqueness and rich culture of the location in which it occurs. She also wanted a lineup richer in emerging and cutting-edge artists than simply big names.
The main Desert Oasis booth overlooks the expansive pool, which basically turns the affair into a giant pool party. The Bamboo Arena second stage is set amid stands of tall bamboo trees. Cabana-like arrangements of ottomans, pillows and chaise lounges are tucked into the landscape, so revelers literally can lie back as they listen, taking in the work of street artists creating on-the-spot masterpieces or henna artists decorating bodies.
Yoga, massage and other refreshers are part of the experience, and an on-site spa allows festival-goers to sneak away for some pampering. The festival’s Secret Souk, or marketplace, was created to bring Morocco’s colorful culture straight to festival-goers. With authentic food offerings and local wares, visitors can get a sense of place even without venturing away from the music.
Make your trip to Morocco for Oasis Festival from September 15-17, 2017. Tickets are available here.