Beat Hotel will be familiar to many as the anything goes zone of Glastonbury Festival, embracing patrons to find their inner freak. Taking inspiration from William Burroughs’ notorious Parisian bolthole of the same name, Beat Hotel has captured the imagination of thousands of like-minded creatives since opening its doors in 2011. Now the collective makes its first jaunt overseas, with a festival set in a 27-acre boutique resort on the outskirts of Marrakech.
From 28th - 31st March, you can enjoy a program of live music, DJ sets, immersive workshops, interactive talk panels and a wide variety of engaging and open forums across beautiful villas, stunning gardens, divine swimming pools and pop restaurants. With the backdrop of the Atlas mountains, the locations sounds heavenly. Naturally, it’s the music program we gravitate towards. So let’s take a closer look.
As you would imagine, the roster reads like a dream. Disco-loving German and head of Running Back Gerd Janson, Dutch stars Hunee and Job Jobse, Dekmantel lo-fi sensation Palms Trax and long-serving scene stalwart Andrew Weatherall are just a handful of the picks. Meanwhile, former Phonox London Saturday night resident HAAi and her ultimate replacement, Esa are also on the bill. Be advised: this is a festival for open-minded music lovers with broad tastes and a rich palette. House and techno purists need not apply.
What better way to convey the diversity of acts showcased, than shining a spotlight on some of the artists’ own music. Here’s a selection of some of the line-up’s more recent productions. We’re sure you’ll agree, whilst rooted in electronic 4/4, it’s an eclectic assortment of wonders!