Report: The Oasis Festival

The second stage, called Bamboo Arenda, was equally stunning. A small pagoda centred amidst tropical plants and palm trees that walled around the dance floor. Here, the likes of Chloé, Michael Mayer, tINI, Cassy, Ellen Allien and DJ Harvey would be playing their sets. Every day, the festival seemed to transform around sunset. From the easy-going atmosphere that was reigned during the day, the crowd went in full party mode at night time, with many people going for their favourite mix drinks and liquor to keep their dancing feet going, as partying in Morocco (or any other Muslim country) often means other substances are pretty much impossible to get a hold of.

DJ Tennis was one of the unquestionable highlights that night, with his slow-burning arpeggiated synth hooks and love for hypnotic vocal work seemed to go hand in glove with the nighttime view of Oasis festival. Every palm tree and sculpture across the two stages were beautifully lit up in psychedelic red, pink, blue and green, with a clear and star-studded sky to put the final touches to this beautiful scene.

The next day Deep House Amsterdam hosted the main stage with a diverse range of artists throughout the day. After this second day was sworn in by promising Moroccan DJ Daox, it was time for Amsterdam’s own Tsepo to take hold of the decks. In good Tsepo fashion, he quickly diverted the regular musical procedures most DJs stick to, and thew in a couple of his signature throwback pop anthems. A big fat mission accomplished for the budding Dutch DJ.

Meanwhile, it started to become clear that there were some issues regarding the prices and the wristband chip paying system. Simply put, drinks were pretty steep, even for Dutch festival standards (around 5 euros for a small bottle of beer, though later re-priced 7 for a half-liter cup). Mix drinks were near Ibiza priced. The RFID wristband paying system proved to be problematic for a lot of people, who only put small amounts of money on their chip, to only find out that their credit had run out after ordering the next round – resulted in loads of flat beers waiting on the bar while people were re-charging their wristbands in another room. I’m not a huge fan of this system in general, as I’ve seen it causing more problems than it solves at various festivals, and Oasis was another example.

As night fell it was time for the most anticipated act of Oasis to begin his set at the second stage: DJ Harvey. The English icon’s first record was a twelve minute beatless synth epos that only he could get away with. From there his four hour set was a string of dark obscure post-disco vinyls that fell perfectly with the packed Bamboo Arena. On the main stage it was Dyed Soundorom who was playing a captivating house set that would lead the way for Adriatique and Saturday’s closing set of Guy Gerber b2b with Matthew Dear.

 

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