Festivals usually evoke a sunny imaginary, a scantily-clad, sunglass-wearing crowd bouncing to cheerful music at the height of the summer, bringing home sunburns collected aboard boat parties along with the good memories. But today let’s put ourselves under the sign of the moon, as the promoters behind Moonland Festival, Estonia’s newest festival, invite us to do. Moonland takes place from the 3rd to the 5th of August in Rummu, a former limestone quarry nearby Tallinn, the country’s capital. Rummu, we’re told, “is filled with scars of its past”, calling to mind the moon’s surface with its oceans of “dead volcanoes, impact craters, and lava flows”. Indeed the photos are stunning, eerie even. It’s certainly a one-of-a-kind place that stimulates the imaginary — you get a sense that something special is going to happen here.
In the increasing market of European boutique festivals, Moonland sure manages to set itself apart with this breathtaking setting. That said, it’s not all about the spot, of course. The magic happens when a string of elements are assembled, music chief among them. But there’s no worry to be had on that regard either: our recent interview w/ Dorian Paic will be hot on the heels of yet another season in Ibiza and his label’s 20th birthday, so expect to find him at his usual best. Both Archie Hamilton and Enzo Siragusa from FUSE will come to represent London’s modern tech-house sound, while Barac and Cristi Cons are entrusted with bringing the vibes from Romania. A flurry of live appearances have also been announced, with Ion Ludwig or Philip Gorbachev, as well as a rare appearance from Mathew Jonson and his partner Isis Kuaygarond.
For something a bit warmer, Octo Octa will play live the sounds of her classic house-inflected debut album, Where Are We Going? (well, to Rummu, Estonia, duh). Finally it’s impossible not to mention a veteran of the Canadian scene, Mike Shannon. The guy’s know for a driving yet quirky sound — futuristic vibes that live up to electronic music’s ongoing love affair for all things spacey. Since the moon has always proven attractive for electronic music producers — whether you think about the early Detroiter’s outer-space fantasies, or to Jeff Mills’ recent score for pioneering French movie A Trip to the Moon — Mike Shannon will sure be inspired by Rummu’s unique landscape.
Here is the full line-up, with many more names yet to be announced:
And if you’ve spotted the yellow logo on the posters, well, MEOKO is over the moon to announce it’s the festival’s official media partner. You know the drill: more info and exclusive content to come on here. In the meantime, I’d check with my boss about having the 3rd to 5th of August off. See you on the moon.
Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin