Getting a bit bored with the same European destinations and mundane new year celebration options? Kill two birds with one stone by embarking on the adventure of a lifetime! Epizode enters its third year in 2019. Here are our top five reasons to attend the best emerging electronic music festival of the past few years.
Seasoned international festival-goers have been spoilt by the emergence of Croatia and its stunning Adriatic coast in recent years. But although the eastern block has opened-up tranquil resorts easy on the near, they’re not a patch on glorious south Vietnam. Under an hour transit from capital Ho Chi Minh AKA Saigon, the island of Phú Quốc is a real Robinson Crusoe getaway, complete with palm trees, warm shallow waters and iconic limestone outcrops that define the region. Whilst you’re over this side of the world, you might as well make a proper go of it. The perfect opportunity to explore the wonders of Asia. Destination: paradise.
Dancing under the sun or under the stars, just dancing outdoors in the pinnacle of escapism. Although we can do this just about anywhere, including in our own backyard, we always have a cautionary eye on the weather in the UK. Adverse conditions can make or break a weekend of partying. But such outside factors are not a concern in South East Asia. A humid climate make this a true shades and top-off affair. You can even dispense with footwear! Now we’re talkin’. You might experience some tropical rain, but you’ll have worked up such a sweat that it will be a welcomed blessing.
Easy on the wallet
Former travellers to South Asia will be quick to gush about how cheap everything is, and Epizode is no different in being budget-friendly. With local beers available at under £2 each and cocktails only a little more, you’ll be left perplexed at the extortionate amount we pay on drinks back home. Couple these factors with very affordable accommodation and cheap transport, then suddenly those flights prices are more than justifiable. Even the price of admission at around the £200 mark (depending on the current tier) is an absolute steal for 12-days of entertainment. To put it in perspective, that’s a similar price to slumming it at Creamfields for four nights in Cheshire. No brainer.
Fed up of disproportion sound limitations or uber conservative music-off deadlines that have blighted European party cities and resorts? Then Epizode is the antidote. With 12-days of programming, afterhours every day and locals that embrace tourist income, the music never stops. Whether dusk, dawn, day or night - the party continues. Dance until you drop.
Apollonia, Nina Kraviz, Ricardo Villalobos… where else could you catch artists of this calibre for a similar price? Absolutely nowhere. Epizode have gone all-out with their line-up, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Furthermore, this is a festival aimed squarely at fans of underground electronic music. You won’t find any token EDM DJs or even a whiff of D&B, making this one purely for the heads.
Now that the full line-up has been announced in all its majesty, you can judge for yourself: tech masters Steve Lawler, Richy Ahmed and wAFF, tub-thumping techno with Pan-Pot, Oliver Huntemann and Dubfire, leftfield offerings from Young Marco, Red Axes and Craig Richards, purveyors of tone such as Michael Mayer, Nick Warren and Black Sun Empire, and revered live acts in the form of Guti, Agents Of Time and Giorgia Angiulli.
Techno heavy-weight Dubfire broke the record for the longest solo DJ set at Sunwaves festival earlier this year, will you be heading to Vietnam to see if he can top his PB at Epizode in December?
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