Basoa arrives for a fourth year, reaffirming its very special way of experiencing electronic dance music. With the premise that a unique setting is more important than the number of stages, where a well-selected line-up is more important than the number of artists, and where a precisely configured sound system takes precedence over empty pyrotechnics. At the end of the day, who needs to pretend, when you have an actual enchanted forest?
In an era defined by overstimulation, disconnecting becomes a privilege. Which is why, at Basoa, everything has been conceived to transform the forest into a temple of escapism, where you can forget about your mobile phone and immerse yourself in the moment. Dance music has always been a liberation mechanism, and it can have the same effect on digital interferences. What’s more, no matter how many videos we record, the best tool we have for recalling past experiences has always been our memory.
The 2019 programme at Basoa again combines top-tier global artists, aspiring stars and young emerging talents. Highlights of the line-up of artists include the master Laurent Garnier, the living history of techno and house music in Europe, who has been making the planet dance for 35 years; John Talabot, a tireless tracker of music, whose versatility lets him weave together sessions that are stylistic tours, without ever losing an identity that is already unmistakable, and who, after his unforgettable closing act in Basoa last year, returns to wrap up this space once again; Honey Dijon, born in Chicago, the Mecca of house music, dominates this genre, bringing a sound that is always energetic, daring and uninhibited; Todd Terje DJ Set, whom we discovered for his legendary edits, with which he improved classic records that seemed unsurpassable, who then set about producing his own tracks, regaling us with hymns like ‘Ragysh‘ or the immortal ‘Inspector Norse‘; Midland, whose talent has proven to be increasingly more chameleonic and has recently caused him to grow to the point that he appears on the cover of specialised magazines, and Bicep DJ Set, who, without having achieved a massive status, demonstrate that they are a duo capable of travelling down the road paved in the 1990s by Orbital, Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers. They are joined by DJs Alicia Carrera, Álvaro Cabana, Courtesy, DJ Dustin, Ketiov, DJ Seinfeld, Midland, Moxie, Octo Octa and Tama Sumo, who ensure moments of total madness and unexpected discoveries. All will be providing extended sessions, which is somewhat unusual at a music festival, but necessary to tell a story rather than just chain tracks together.
In this edition, Basoa has partnered with Red Bull and Absolut. The selection of artists and the surround sound provided by the space are combined with the careful attention to detail to set the stage in Basoa, which has been internationally recognised with the ‘Innovation in Staging’ prize at the ‘Festival of the Future’ awards. And that’s because Basoa seeks to escape the mundane and pursue the exceptional.