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What To Do And See At Oasis Festival 2016

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Updated: 6 September 2016
Following the rousing success of the first edition of the Atlas Electronic music and arts festival this past weekend, Marrakech is now gearing up for the Oasis Festival from September 16th-18th. Now in its second year, this year’s holiday-festival fusion will take place at the lavish Source Hotel. Situated just minutes from central Marrakech, festival-goers are encouraged to ‘dance somewhere different’.

Oasis Festival isn’t just any old festival. For starters attendees can expect a luxurious ambiance to the weekend’s proceedings. The bohemian-cool hotel The Source, where the event takes place, deems itself a music hotel, with Moroccan-inspired rooms providing all the creature comforts of home. And then there’s the bohemian chic champagne bar serving Laurent Perrier, complete with Boujad and kilim poufs and pillows, lounge mattresses, vintage velour chairs, chandeliers and bird cages for light accents. The space will also be illuminated and surrounded by fairy lights. And when hunger starts to hit, the famous Café des Épices will be on site serving a selection of their most popular dishes. NOMAD will also bring its modern twist on traditional Moroccan cuisine, and guests can graze on an impressive selection of brochettes, salads, crêpes, fresh juices, traditional mint tea, Moroccan pastries and desserts, too.

Cafe des Epices © The Oasis Festival
Café des Épices | © The Oasis Festival

And it doesn’t stop there. It wouldn’t be Marrakech without a trip to the souk, so to make it easy for festival-goers, organizers are curating a fine collection of items to be sold in an on-site market. Expanding on Marrakech’s street art scene, Yann Chatelin will be live-painting at the festival over the course of the weekend. Or get in the festival mode with a henna tattoo by a local artist who will create a design in a traditional style, or recreate a photo of your own design.

The Secret Souk at the Oasis Festival © Oasis Festival
The Secret Souk at the Oasis Festival | © Oasis Festival
Yann Chatelin live painting © The Oasis Festival
Yann Chatelin live painting | © The Oasis Festival

And let’s not forget the line-up. On Friday night, UK duo Krankbrother will kick the festival off on The Arena stage, while Norway’s Lindstrøm will shut the stage down following his set beginning at 3am. On the Oasis stage, Kaybe & Majdo kick off proceedings, while Dixon will have festival-goers partying until the sun comes up when he takes to the stage for the final set of the night at 2am. Headliners include The Black Madonna, Jeff Mills and Mano Le Tough, who are scheduled to play until the wee hours of the morning on the final day of the three-day party. With the two stages starting off at around 4pm daily, the packed program includes performances by German Motor City Drum Ensemble – a misnomer as it’s a solo artist – Canadian B. Traits, highly acclaimed German producer Objekt, and many more.

The Oasis Festival © The Oasis Festival
The Oasis Festival | © The Oasis Festival

And for the dress code, well, bohemian chic would be obvious. But given that the party takes place around the pool, a bathing suit is surely a must.

The Oasis Festival takes place from September 16th-18th 2016. Buy your tickets online. Follow along at #theoasisfest.