Festival report » DGTL Barcelona

I flew to Barcelona last weekend to enjoy tapas and some sunshine but I also flew over to report about DGTL Festival.
We’ve mentioned DGTL in our festival guide before and we are a big fan. With so many incredible international DJ’s on speed dail it came as no surprise that the Dutch organisation decided to bring this festival abroad and try it out in Barcelona.
A lot of Dutch festival guru’s flew over to Barcelona just for DGTL, so that must mean something right?


I was extremely curious if they would live up to my expectations. 

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Impressive art instalations

Day 1.
The organisation picked the perfect location. Parc de forum is situated near the beach and has the industrial feel to it that suits the festival seemlessly.
I knew that it would be smaller then the Dutch edition but with 3 stages (Digital, Stereo & Phono) it didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. With views over the beach and the sun shining in people’s faces, the crowd felt optimistic and ignored the rainy weather forecast.

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A small market with local brands brought a true festival vibe along with a massage table for the ones who needed it most. The food area, where you could choose between burgers and thai food, looked cute with the food trucks lined up next to the Redbull bar.

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Food trucks are also hot in Barca!
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The Stereo stage was a 2 day jumping fest 

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Agoria was one of my favourites 

You got to give it to the DJ booker/programmer because he did a hell of a job getting these big names together. At the Digital stage you could dance to Agoria, Ame (both amazing!) with an explosive closing set from Maceo Plex.

At DGTL they work with a new system where you get a wristband that includes a chip where you can add cash on. This way you won’t loose your coins and the service is quicker.
It’s also sustainable and that’s also one of the reasons I love this festival.

Sustainability plays a big role at DGTL. They are setting a great example for other festivals out there by trying to find alternatives and solutions by for example recycling and re-using plastic.
For more info about their projects, check their Revolution page.

Day 2.
The clouds that were hiding in the mountains, unfortunatley made their way into Barcelona and it rained non stop from 5pm to 11pm. Surprisingly, this didn’t stop the crowd from dancing. A colorful sea of poncho’s was a result and they enjoyed the sounds of David August (who played an amazing live set) john Talabot and closings from Adam Beyer and Dixon.
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The nice thing about getting backstage is that I could watch the crowd go crazy everytime the beat dropped. Priceless. 

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What a sight..
 

The production did a great job and I saw that this was a real team effort.
This Dutch family makes me feel proud to say that they have really set DGTL on the map here in Barcelona. The question is now…what country is next..? 

Love, 

Elke

Wander-Lust Festival Guide 2015!

The festival season has officially began and we love it!
With so many options to choose from, we have handpicked our favourite summer festivals and made a list to hopefully give you some inspiration.

7th Sunday Festival in Erp-Veghel, Netherlands
When:
24th of May
What we love:
It’s so diverse! You can dance to house, techno, hiphop, rock of even hardstyle. We’ll go for the first time this year so we will let you know the outcome!
http://7thsunday.nl/

7th Sunday Festival 2014

De Zon Festival, Amsterdam The Netherlands
Sold out within a short period, this festival is small but gaining huge popularity.

When: 24th of May
What we love: It’s small and cosy and that’s exactly what makes this festival special. It feels dreamy and the vibes are so good here!

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Sonar Festival Barcelona, Spain
We’re not going this year but elke went twice before. A M A Z I N G!
Buy a ticket and experience the real Sonar but also check out all the parties around the beach and clubs.
When: 18-21 of June
What we love:
The free beach parties, the tapas and
Elrow 

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Elrow Town- Off Sonar 2 years ago. “One of the best parties i’ve been to”

Awakenings Festival, Netherlands
Now a 2 day festival, the international headliners are always happy to play at this Techno festival.
When: 27th + 28th of June
What we love: The line up, our sore feet at the end.
http://www.awakeningsfestival.nl/

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Elke at Awakenings Festival 2014

DGTL festival Barcelona, Spain
The Dutch edition was amazing and it also the first festival of the year we went to.

When: 14th of August
What we love: The organisation is doing a great job carefully selecting the best electronic DJ’s in the world.

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The Dutch edition in April this year was amazing

Glastonbury Festival, England
The worlds biggest festival is legend. We. Must. Go. (some day)
When:
24-28 June

What we love: Everyone will tell you it wasn’t as good as it was in ’94/’89/’78. Ignore them.  Plus Kate Moss in wellies.

A Day at the Park, Amsterdam Netherlands
This festival has been around for quite some time now and you can notice this when you look around. Perfectly organized and the festival is held in between a forest which makes it playful and open. You can enjoy big DJ’s but also go for karaoke, a hippy market and lot’s of funny games.
When: 11th of July
What we love: The clean (and real) toilets, the food, the vibe.

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All fun and games at A Day at the Park

Lowlands Festival, The Netherlands
When: 21st + 22nd + 23rd of August
What we love: This is how a festival should be. It’s rough, it’s dirty and it’s real.
http://lowlands.nl/


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Lowlands is still the nr. 1 festival in the Netherlands

Convoi de fête, multiply locations, Netherlands
This is a traveling festival with Music, Foodtrucks and Entertainment. Hippie style!
When: 31 juli tm 9 augustus
What we love: Their tagline is enough: “We are a free roadtrip festival. We follow the sun. The journey is the destination…”

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Where will you be going this summer?

Love,

Wander-Lust