My body was still reeling with jetlag by the time I made it out of Vietnam. It’s another animal, Epizode, in fact its more of a beast coming in at 10 days of near non-stop raving and was monumentally more epic in its sophomore edition than its already impressive debut last year. While still in its infancy, it didn’t feel like it but instead felt more like an electronic oasis that is somewhere between an exclusive beach holiday and a blockbuster music festival minus all the unnecessary bells and whistles. But you’ve probably already seen that in the plethora of viral pictures and videos that have been making the rounds since the event closed last month. Images painted a picture of a sun-soaked idyll with few visible changes from the festival’s 'trial run' last year except for the addition of several new art installations and a totally fucking insane line-up that saw Epizode lean heavier on influential acts this year with over 100 artists playing over its 10-day sprawl. Masterly programmed in a truly paradisal setting, ideal weather and on a site purpose built for the festival, Epizode has set a new benchmark for underground music festival not just in Asia but around the world.
Peggy Gou was in Bali recently where she spent the last two weeks of 2017, and several more end of years before that, meditating and healing as well as recharging her vibes and energy. Bali's has got a good reputation for that.
Partying abroad is a right of passage for every raver these days. That’s thanks to cheap air fare, the endless search for undiscovered clubs far from the mad-for-it crowds and a buzzing international club scene where no territory is untouched by the stomp of electronic music.
In the digital age, musical performances can be experienced just clicks away. Yet, creative collective Yeti Out stress the importance of community, offline interaction and music curation with each of their events. Based in Shanghai, Hong Kong and London, 2017 saw the label-cum-promoters continue their residences at BEAM Bangkok, Arkham and Le Baron Shanghai, while making strides internationally with pop-up parties, collaborating with the likes of Warp Records and streetwear giant Patta.
The windows of the Rush Hour record shop in Amsterdam are too steamed up to see through from the street, unless you squint through the remnants of a smiley face someone has drawn with a finger on the inside of the glass. Inside, sweat-drenched dancers cram into every whitewashed corner, jammed between listening stations, coats piled on shelves, record sleeves wilting in the heat and humidity. Hundreds more outside are bustling to get in. It’s 7pm and a record label’s in-store takeover has somehow become the hottest ticket at the city-wide Amsterdam Dance Event. The label is трип Recordings (pronounced ‘trip’). The DJ playing is Nina Kraviz.