The inaugural Bahrain International Beach Music Festival is set to rock this rock. Get the lowdown
The residents of Bahrain have a lot to put up with. There’s Dubai, for one. And then the fact that a Bahrain party is generally considered something of an oxymoron by the wider GCC. But all this is about to change with the advent of the inaugural Bahrain (yes, that’s right, BAHRAIN) International Beach Music Festival, which is set to reverse the stay-at-home stereotype that the island has been lumbered with for the past couple of decades.
The first festival of its kind on the island, this three-day event, due to coincide with Eid, is set to attract thousands of locals and hundreds of the Gulf’s DJ groupies to Bahrain’s normally serene Marina Club. Kicking off at 6.30pm on Thursday November 26, some of Europe’s hottest DJs and one of India’s biggest bands, the Jalebee Cartel, will be in attendance, bringing the sounds of Ibiza to the Arabian Gulf.
Orchestrated by Auto Collection, a event management collective that organises among other things the Bahrain International Motor Show, expect all the glitz of the Gulf with European hedonism and some of the best dance music to ever have been played in Bahrain. Warren Stalls, the project manager, said, ‘We’ll have all the resident DJs from all of the super clubs across the world. From Ibiza, England, LA, and Brazil, even the original Hed Kandi DJ, Paul Wilkins will be playing.’
‘This is the first time Bahrain will have an international standard of festival, and we have made it affordable for everyone to go.’ With festival tickets priced at BD25, it certainly puts some of the pricier clubs in town into perspective.
Since the stage will be built in the sea, there will be more than enough room to showcase your moves. Indeed, the organisers are planning to fly around 20 dancers in from Ibiza, so now’s the time to brush up on your Macarena and practise that body pop so you can truly show off. During the day, beach games and water sports will keep the crowds entertained, while after dark the international DJs take to the stage and the party really kicks off.
With authorisation for the event to be fully licensed, and the music expected to go on until 2am, the festival is expected to make waves around the Gulf and put Bahrain on the map as the base of boogie. Murray Garrard For more information about the The Bahrain International Beach Music Festival, call 17 746 848. Tickets are priced at BD25 for all three days or BD15 per day, with VIP tickets going for BD60 for the entire event. Tickets will go on sale from November 1 and will be available from Virgin Megastore in City Centre Mall.
Festival Line Up
Joan Ribas An Ibiza local, Joan has been part of the island’s party scene for the past three decades. A regular at Akelarre Bar in Ibiza’s old town.
Angel Linde Born in Barcelona, Angel has DJed in Ibiza for the past 11 years. He has smashed the floor in practically every club on the island, including Amnesia, Space and Pacha.
Oscar Cano Resident DJ at Space Ibiza, which many consider to be the best club in the world.
Baby J The Australian-born resident DJ of Il Divino Ibiza.
Paul Wilkins Part of the vanguard of DJs who helped shape Hed Kandi into a global super brand, Paul is part of the Ibiza super club furniture.
Joshua Roberts One of the UK’s brightest hopes, a fixture at the Ministry of Sound.
Ramon Lopez Pascual Born in Barcelona, Ramon has been playing to packed crowds in Pacha and Amnesia in Ibiza.
Joan Ribas was playing at Pacha uninterrupted form for almost 20 years, not only in akelarre. Since then he has been playin' in all the clubs of the island like Space, Café del Mar, Pacha, Privilege, Las Dalias, Somni, Es Paradis, and Eden. Actually he plays at EL HOTEL Pacha Ibiza and he has a winter residence at The Farm (Verbier Switzerland)