It’s been two decades since a group of friends wheeled a soundsystem into Spain’s Monegros Desert and threw a little family BBQ.
Now, 20 years on, the guest list has swelled somewhat with 40,000 ravers religiously making their way to the arid badlands for an epic 24-hour party.
2014 will be a landmark birthday for the event and festival-goers can expect some of the biggest names in electronic music to drop by and blow out the candles.
Whether you dig house, techno, dubstep or any other kind of electronica, underground or over, this will be a sleepless night you’ll treasure for years to come.
No acts have been unveiled for the Monegros Desert Festival 2014 line-up yet, but with a 20th birthday to celebrate fans can expect old faces and new blood to follow in the footsteps of The Prodigy, Richie Hawtin and 2 Many DJs who have all performed previously.
We love that organisers leave no electronic stone unturned. So if drum n bass gets you going, or minimal techno is more your mug of chai, Monegros Desert Festival has it all. The big names will be supported by the stars of the future, just to keep you in check with the underground scene.
The festival’s artistic team go to real lengths to make sure ticket-holders know they’re in the middle of nowhere. Decorations change annually, but creatively runs wild with anything popping up from twisted neon toadstools to strange, theatrical sideshows.
The festival runs coaches from Barcelona and Madrid airport to the event site with tickets costing 30€ and 38€ (plus postage), respectively. The nearest train station to the festival is Llieda, with a service running every 30 minutes from both airports. Buses then go from the train station to the festival site.
The festival has two car parks: one for vehicles arriving from the north and east of Spain and a second for cars coming from the south and the west of the country. Coloured poles mark different sections of the car park, so make a note of the pole nearest your car when you arrive and you should be able to find it on the way out.
Yes, you must be at least 16 years old to attend and 18 years old to buy alcohol on-site. Carry photographic I.D. as you may be asked to provide it at the entrance and at the bars.
Gates open at 1700 hours.
No, taking your own alcohol is strictly prohibited. If any is found it will be confiscated.
As in the rest of Spain, drugs are illegal and won’t be tolerated at the festival. Organisers reserve the right to refuse any person who is believed, on arrival, to be drunk or under the influence of drugs.