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Your Guide To The Atlas Electronic Music Festival In Marrakech

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Updated: 7 December 2016
Given the rise in popularity in electronic music worldwide, including Morocco, Marrakech is gearing up to welcome festival-goers to its newest festival, Atlas Electronic, from September 1st to 4th, 2016. Producer James Holden and Gnaoua musician Maalem Houssam Guinia will open the festival with a performance, in memory of Guinia’s father, Maalem Mahmoud Guinia, who recorded with Holden prior to his death in 2015.

The festival will be held at Villa Janna — just outside of Marrakech — with headliners including new kid Julian Alexander; Casablanca based Adil Hiani; and several other European and Moroccan deejays.

‘The local scene is growing rapidly and international trends in music are being picked up by local frontrunners. More and more travellers are discovering the country as a holiday destination because of its lovely scenery, sunny climate and friendly prices. Atlas Electronic aims to stimulate the local electronic music scene by bringing it under the attention and in return have the visitors enjoy the great vibes and flavors Marrakech has to offer’ — reads a statement on their website.

In addition to the music, the festival will also have an arts element and include a performance by Marrakchi storyteller Mehdi el Ghaly, Swiss artist collective Supermafia presenting a light show, and multidisciplinary artist Kalamour will be creating visuals featuring a mix of old Morocco Sufi and Gnaoua and gypsy folklore. Sisha and yoga practices will round out the activities on offer throughout the weekend.

The current line-up includes:

DVS1,Roman Flügel, James Holden & Maalem Houssam Guinia, Acid Arab, Bambounou, Optimo, Ryan Elliott, Fred P, Secretsundaze, Beautiful Swimmers, Gerd, Masomenos, WU15 (Henry Wu & K15), Boris Werner, Lando, Molly, Serge, Adil Hiani, Frits Wentink, FunkinEven, Kornél Kovács, Kosme, Radiq, Moxie, Nu Guinea, Moods, Polyswitch, Yes’in, Philou Louzolo, Anil Aras, Nathan Melja, Khalil, Steven Pieters, Jamal Moulay, Taylan Alan, Hi-tack Jugurtha & BeatuniQue, Julian Alexander, Opal Sunn, Mino Abadier, Tenzers, Sophia Moulay, Thomas Hayat, Matan Klevan