Already firmly in Amsterdam and Barcelona, the DGTL brand has since broadened its horizons and taken festivals to even more cities across the global. In addition to South American outings in São Paulo and Santiago, the Israeli city of Tel Aviv is now home to a DGTL festival of its very own.
Returning for a second edition on 29 September, DGTL Tel Aviv welcomes a lineup that includes Motor City Drum Ensemble, Peggy Gou, Maceo Plex, Tale Of Us, Stephan Bodzin and more.
Ahead of its triumphant return, we asked the festival team to give us some insider tips on the vibrant city that it calls home.
What’s the best thing about Tel Aviv?
Tel Aviv offers a little bit of the best of all worlds. The mediterranean weather is warm and sunny throughout most of the year, the culinary scene is experiencing a massive boom with an international focus on it, and of course club life! It’s a 24/7, year-long party in parts of town.
What is your favourite borough or neighbourhood? And why?
It must be Florentin which is located at the southern tip of the city, five minutes walk from historical Jaffa. It is mostly occupied by youngsters who recently got back from their backpacking experiences and hippies and hipsters that share tables at a local cafe.
The architecture is diverse and you can find old Bauhaus buildings next to modern, chic five-story buildings with balconies looking over the buzzing streets.
Where are the best places to go record shopping?
Tel Aviv offers a fascinating record shopping experience and you can find some second hand stock next to fresh releases and precisely curated shops. Ones to look for are: Black Hole Records, The Third Ear, Beatnik Record Store, B-side, and bvrly
Favourite places to go for a drink?
Port Sa’id offers a casual and extremely cool drinking experience with great music, DJs and some mediterranean cuisine. Teder Radio & Bar is a place where all the cool kids get together and also has one of the best pizza slices in town. For a more posh cocktail, try Bell Boy!
What are the best live music spots and clubs?
For live shows the well established Barby features international indie acts next to some local ones. The Zappa Club holds some of the most iconic Israeli folk artists on a regular basis.
For the ultimate clubbing experience, Alphabet and Breakfast club are just a few minutes away from each other and offer cutting edge techno and house, gay and straight atmospheres.
Also make sure to check out The Block which has an iconic status and one of the best sound systems in the world. It features first class house music and techno acts every week.
At the other end of the spectrum. What are the best places in the city to go for some peace and quiet?
A stroll around the Neve Zedek neighbourhood will reveal the city’s picturesque side. You can chill at one of the local coffee shops, grab some ice cream at Anita’s and walk down the main street for five minutes until you hit the Tel Aviv boardwalk and the enchanting beach.
What Tel Aviv delicacies would you recommend trying, and where can you get them?
Tel Aviv offers nearly too much when it comes to food and you can get the full experience from street food to fine dining. Don’t miss some good hummus at Abu Hassan in Jaffa or a good sabich at Hakossem (The Magician) or in case your heart desires some elite style meal, try out Toto.
Where would you take a friend who is visiting Tel Aviv?
A walk around the historical district of Jaffa in the twilight time is incredible. Jaffa has a mix of Jewish and Arab population, and has some of the prettiest coastlines in the country and it’s simply perfect to end a stroll there with a drink and some mezze at Kalamata restaurant.
If you could pick out one song that sounds like Tel Aviv, what would it be?
Siam was a post punk band that released records in Israel during the 80s and had some international appeal as well. It has such a special sound and fetish for synthesisers, they sang in English, so you could almost mistaken them for an eastern European group.
Current electronic music ambassadors Red Axes took their piece and interpreted it for today’s dance floors. An absolute banger.
DGTL Tel Aviv takes place in Yarkon Park on 29 September 2018. Book tickets and accommodation options here.
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