3 DAYS OF LIVE MUSIC SET IN STUNNING UNTOUCHED VISTAS JUNE 9TH-12TH, 2017
As part of the Meadows In The Mountains 2017 line-up they have invited unique acts such as United Vibrations – they are the new generation of South London jazz collectives, affiliated with Yussef Kamaal and backed by Gilles Peterson they’ve just released their latest record with singer/songwriter Jordan Rakei. Valentino Kanzyani is one of the founding fathers of Slovenian techno having had a prominence since the 1990’s. Playing regularly for FUSE and Cadenza he was the driving force behind Ibiza’s legendary Next Wave parties and will make his Meadows debut. Commix ‘Call To Mind’ was an iconic LP for liquid drum and bass of the 2000s. Affiliated with Metalheadz and more recently with Secret Sundaze under his moniker Endian, he’s fresh off the back of a US tour and enjoying a renaissance after the recent D&B resurgence. Shanti Celeste is one to watch for 2017, first catching our attention with releases on Bristol-based Idle Hands. She’s just launched her new label Peach Discs and will be playing the coveted sunrise set at Meadows. They will be joining over 50 more live acts and DJs to play across the weekend.
Since its inception Meadowshas remained a uniquely intimate festival. It’s a family run affair, the brainchild of one of the Sasse brothers who formulated theidea during regular visits to their parents’ retired home in Bulgaria. Damian Sasse spent the 90’s immersed in the rave scene, his summers working in Ibiza and experiencingsome of the most iconic DJsets and monumental afterparties of that time.Damian and his brother Benji invited 50 of their best friends who were all DJs, producers, promoters, musicians and dancemusic aficionadosto make the trip from the UK to the remote Bulgarian mountain-top. They spent 3 days spinning vinyl and only stopping to fill up the petrol generator. Since then the festival has built up an international following–crowds gatherfrom all corners of Europe, to the US, Australia and beyond.
Meadows prides itself on being environmentally conscious and stands firmly by its “leave no trace” policy. The site is constructed from local timber with minimal carbon footprint and consists mainly of wood from the surrounding forests. Materials are all recyclable, strictly no plastic policy and food are sourced locally from the village. Each year collectives of artists build installations using recycled materials in harmony with the environment
Alongside the music, another string to the Meadows bow is HARA. A holistic dome and the home for spirituality and workshops, as well as educational talks from inspirational teachers and leaders. During the days you can find yoga practices, meditation classes, cacao ceremonies, healing and more.
A new cutting-edge sound system has been introduced courtesy of Audio Feed – best known for their rigs at Burning Man festival. Last year they brought in the new Funktion One Evolution series, with state-of-the-art amplifiers all installed and designed especially for the festival.
For accommodation, the festival works closely with the locals in the village to house guests in the traditional Bulgarian family homes. Often the grandmothers (Baba in Bulgarian) are there to host, offering home cooked meals and amazing hospitality. To be closer to the action camping facilities are also available; boutique bell tents are located in the flower-filled meadows next to the festival site.
Meadows In The Mountains reputation continues to grow while still remaining intimate; the festivals beautiful escapism, musical diversity, and free-spirited ethos having caught the hearts of festival-goers and the press alike.
The Telegraph – “Meadows In The Mountains combines the spirit of Glastonbury and Burning Man”
The Guardian – “Set in the lush environment of the Rhodope Mountains, mornings are blessed each day with the mist that glides over the landscape. The discerning line-up with pique the interest of anyone with an eye on the underground scene”
Suitcase Magazine – “So weird and so wonderful, we want it to stay that way. So remember: only take the best people – otherwise don’t tell a soul”
The Ransom Note – “…it’s pretty hard to find an experience that is legitimately different, unique or that can evoke a feeling of the new and untouched these days. Meadows in the Mountains is this, it carries on past that point into something else, something wild.”
The Metro – Top 10 best European Festivals list 2016
Conde Naste – The Best Festivals Around The Word list 2017
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