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Best Boutique Moroccan Music Festivals - In 2021

Mathew Fregona

25 July 2020

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Far from being one-trick ponies, many Moroccan music festivals have diverse programming on offer. With workshops, talks, yoga, culinary delights, and of course, great music.

 

In the past five years, Morocco has positioned itself as an idyllic location to host a burgeoning music festival scene. The sounds traditional and cultural music from Morocco mixed with electronic beats has given inspiration to many artists across the globe.

 

From busy streets and plazas in Marrakesh and Casablanca. To the stunning seaside setting of Essaouira. There is a wealth of creativity on display.

 

Here is our guide for the not to miss boutique events currently on offer in 2021.

17-19 SEPTEMBER 2020, MARRAKESH

The mantra of ‘dance somewhere different’ is a great way to broaden your festival experience horizon. Oasis Festival always delivers on this slogan by continually attracting the industries best acts. The venue is the beautiful Fellah Hotel, and there is a complimentary shuttle service between the festival site and the city.

28-31 MARCH 2021, MARRAKESH

Perhaps the most diverse festival on this list, the Beat-Hotel Festival places a strong emphasis on all aspects of their programming. And you will meet other festival-goers who are actively involved in all cultural facets on offer.

 

As more and more festivals aim to provide guests with a complete holiday experience, you would be hard-pressed to find one as perfect as Beat-Hotel.

JAZZABLANCA

2021 TBA, CASABLANCA

Set in the Casablanca, the nation’s largest city. The week-long Jazzablanca festival has a massive line-up spanning jazz, pop, and indie.

 

It is considered one of North Africa’s cultural gems. And it attracts visitors of all ages with concerts, workshops, talks, and more.

MOGA FESTIVAL

Our Recommendation

2021 TBA, ESSAOUIRA

The picturesque fishing port on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast is the backdrop for Moga Festival. Now into its fourth edition this year it has one of the most epic sunsets you are likely to experience at a festival.

 

If you are a yogi and like to boogie, then this should be right at the top of your list. The town of Essaouira featured on Game of Thrones, and the set makes a great day trip.

ORIGINS FESTIVAL

28-29 AUGUST 2020, MARRAKESH

On the back of two successful editions, Origins expands to two-days this time around. And they are attracting some of the best names in the industry in the process. A wakeboarding/water ski cable park provides a venue with plenty of open spaces for your moves and heaps of sunshine.