Festival Preview: Paradise City 2019, Perk, Belgium
The plastic-free music festival Paradise City, located in Perk, is now celebrating its fifth birthday and will run for three days from July 5th. Hosted in the bucolic Belgian countryside, Paradise City festival will showcase a line-up of all respect, of electronic music artists and notable DJs.
This year’s edition intention of the organisers is to “mix the best electronic music on offer with open minded people and a strong effort to minimise our ecological footprint,” they said before adding: “Meanwhile our intention has always been a dancefloor packed with energy, where people dance, live euphoric moments and connect with the artists and each-other.”
All prerequisites are there for an unforgettable event, with deep house, techno, electro, pop and down-tempo grooves played by well-established artists and some nice new surprises.
2MANYDJS – MIM SULEIMAN – NU GUINEA – MATE BROTHERS – A LOCAL HERO – BJEOR – ESA
DJ KOZE – MIND AGAINST – MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE – BLOND:ISH – KONSTANTIN SIBOLD – VAAL – TRIKK – ATEQ – LOCKED GROOVE – KALIPO – SEDEF ADASI – THANG – ELI VERVEINE – CABASA – BELBEN
POLO & PAN – CARIBOU – DJ PYTHON – MOLLY – FAR OUT – LEAFAR LEGOV – MAP.ACHE – EDWARD – EGYPTIAN LOVER – LEROY BURGESS BERAADGESLAGEN – DTM FUNK – JOSEY REBELLE
Far Out says don’t miss…
Brothers David and Stephen Dewaele do not need any presentation. Formerly known as the electro rock band Soulwax, the duo started djing back in 2000 and it was a success.
They space from techno to rock and do are not afraid to slash heavy beats. The consistent number of official and unofficial remixes, among others, ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’ and ‘Get Innocuous!’ by LCD Soundsystem, ‘Robot Rock’ by Daft Punk and ‘DARE’ by Gorillaz is the perfect witness.
The vibe is guaranteed.
Catalan DJ and producer John Talabot is one of the masters of electronica and leftfield house. After playing as a resident DJ in Barcelona with a different moniker, his debut album in 2012 fIN received a wonderful appreciation. The year after, he released a dj-Kicks under Studio !K7 label, that appointed him as one of the most promising DJs in the electronic scene.
Fresh of the 2018 DJ award for best electronica and for Knock Knock, his third production recognised as one of the 50 best 2018 albums according to Rolling Stone, DJ Koze is also known for his snazzy decks. Last year in Paris, he “dressed up” the stage surrounded by relaxing plants. Will he play in the woods this time?
Nuova Napoli was composed in Germany, but mostly recorded in Naples together with local musicians such as singer Fabiana Martone and saxophonist Pietro Santangelo. Nu Guinea has managed to re-enact the Neapolitan tradition, creating a surprising hybrid that starts from sampling to disco music. It is a beautiful period, in which we talk a lot about the new sound of Naples, an album for few lovers has become a small record case.
Polo & Pan
Aboard Polo & Pan’s spaceship, you will find quite a stupefying combination of their melodic French touch with the soft, youthful singularity of their lyrics, and bold percussion patterns. Their first album is called Caravelle and as this title indicates, it speaks of space trips and explores universes sometimes unknown, sometimes imaginary. An album at once melancholic and perfect for the summer.
Located across the castle of Ribaucourt in Perk, Paradise City is a few kilometres away from Brussels. The festival lasts three days and runs from Friday 5th July to the 7th.
With rising prices of many festivals in Belgium, Paradise City day tickets accounts for €59 or three-day tickets for €109. Additional formulas also include gastronomic experiences, arranged transport and accommodation. More information on tickets purchasing is here.
What you need to know:
Surrounded by the woods and located aside a medieval castle, the atmosphere promises a doubtless take-it-easy event. Four stages, of which one built on the water, will allow enough room to enjoy the party over next weekend.
For those ones that do not fall under the category of tireless dancers and more in need to chill-out, there is enough space to accommodate everyone’s need. Within this context, the organisation announced the arrival of Brasserie 2050, a restaurant of the future with various all of which are linked to food-related problems, such as the decline in biodiversity.
If you only do one thing while you’re there…
Then you need to consider trying all the different food trucks between gigs, which offer a wide choice of meals prepared with local ingredients.
Moreover you need to be aware that Paradise City implements specific measures improve the festival’s ecological impact. This has been going on for each edition and so that the festival has the lowest environmental footprint.