26 november 2016, Nijmegen (NL)
Everything happened like it was planned, but it was not.
It was Friday night, the 18th of November, me and my friend (I’ll call him Pac-Man) went to Blauwdruk, a great and well-known party in Nijmegen (NL). I was completely into the good vibes Rahaan was giving us, in a warm and underground environment. Suddenly, I recognize a familiar face in the crowd: it was Alex, a funky dude I met at Dornroosje a few months before, sharing the energic music of Dj Rush.
He asked me if I was going to DRIFT Festival on the week after, as every local clubber was.
The only problem: soldout and no easy way to sneak in.
His solution: helping him to work on Art Installations for the festival to earn the StaffPass and manage to join that event. And so that’s what I did.
Three days before DRIFT we went to the venue: huge fallow fields nearby an industrial area just outside Nijmegen. Five stages in hangars and circus sheds against the cold and windy weather of the Netherlands: KATHEDRAAL (Octave One live, Dj Nobu, ROD…), NYMA (Patrice Baumel, Tom Trago…), VASIM hosted by DJBroadcast (Shanti Celeste & Funkineven…), NDRPNTS and THE TRIBE.
Our task was to decorate all the chillout area and the paths between the stages, fixing umbrellas to long bamboo sticks, to represent autumn: the real theme of this edition of DRIFT festival.
A great experience of teamwork, a familiar and friendly environment that I’ll never forget: with a beautiful artistic result.
That Saturday I’ve been enjoying DRIFT not as a common visitor or passionate clubber: I’ve been proud to be part of that project, to help on the creation of that music festival that provided to its public deep and intense emotions.
A unique and incredible experience directly from the heart of the festival.