Preview: Waking Life 2019
Waking Life returns for it’s third installation this 2019. Finding Figaro travels to Crato, a small in-land municipality roughly 2-hours west of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, for a journey to one of Europe’s emerging and most exciting music and arts festivals.
Waking Life presents itself as a refreshing buffer from the hustle and bustle of the European festival scene. It is obvious for all who care to see it that in 2019 there exists within the arts community a desire to push boundaries and escape from the clutches of the ongoing commercialisation of an ever crowded space. Waking Life embodies this ethos, stressing the importance of the individual’s participation in the development of a cultural experience that extends far beyond the 4-4 of the dance floor.
There is a distinct inclusiveness about the festival that is obvious from the outset. In an attempt to bring people together from all walks of life and corners of the globe Waking Life is offering a subsidized ticket scheme. Those interested can enquire more at email@example.com.
With new tastes and flavors at the forefront of the experience, the musical array is just as wonderfully diverse. This element is not approached with mindset of booking the biggest names, although some key figures are there to be found. Four Tet will be present, as will Ben UFO, Move D and Seth Troxler.
But it seems the joy of Waking Life is not in what you are expecting. Instead, there is a captivating sense that you will uncover something bold and new and return richer than before. This sense of mystery is what sets this festival apart. For a glimpse into this unknown, we have put together a few of the artists we are most thrilled to see.
Hailing from the UK, Andy Baxter aka Robohands is a one-man multi-instrumental wizard. His music seamlessly navigates jazz, hip-hop, break-beats and ambient soundscapes. Check out his 2018 album ‘Green’ which catalogues this supreme variety which is sure to dazzle.
This is a performance we are seriously thrilled about. Masayoshi Fujita pioneers the vibraphone in all its forms. His mastery of the instrument and willingness to experiment brings the vibraphone to life in a magical way. A hypnotic charm, set against the remote surrounds of Waking Life, this will be the height of tranquility.
Dreamy and distant, Jonny Nash’s music is ambience in its finest form. Nothing is rushed or hurries along, slow synth swirls brush over deep guitar chords and piano keys in captivating harmony. His music embodies the spirit of relaxation and festival goers will be treated to pure bliss, no doubt many will be found strewn out on the banks of the grand lake which borders the festival site.
For something a little harder there is Efdemin, a Berlin mainstay whose productions are masterfully crafted with melodies held together by deep, dark searching elements. Efdemin’s brand has become a leader in driving melodic techno and you can expect to find a full-house following along in synchronicity.