Ask most people what comes to mind when thinking of music festivals and the answers are likely to be similar: big name bands, big stages and a vast open space (be it field, beach or forest). While that sort of experience is obviously great, that's not the only form a music festival can, or should, take.
It's important to recognise and celebrate some of the smaller festivals that aren't always able to shout as loudly as those with bigger budgets and grander set-ups. Festivals that have their own unique charm, and portray exactly what is so great about the huge diversity in music festivals across the globe.
Next up in our search for understated gems is the brand new Farrago Festival, which takes the freshest underground house and techno to a beautiful setting in rural Bavaria. We spoke to the festival organisers ahead of the debut edition to find out what it's all about.
What inspired you to start the festival?
The idea of Farrago started with the discovery of its unique location. After years of promoting club events and working in the electronic music scene, we immediately realised that the special atmosphere of the castle could be an opportunity to create something entirely different.
Festivals around the world are drawing larger and larger crowds and trying to please them by offering a plethora of DJs, stages and other, non-musical entertainment. There is nothing inherently wrong with that, and plenty of people are genuinely enjoying these festivals, but it is not what we aimed for with Farrago.
That's why we are inviting up to 700 people to join us at a castle in the middle of nowhere, to take a break from reality for two full days of outstanding music amongst a small crowd of likeminded peers.
What song embodies your festival?
Baikal – Pelican’s Flight
Can you tell us a bit about the setting?
Farrago Festival takes place within the unique surroundings of a 13th century castle ruin, nestled on a mountain spur in northern Bavaria, near the historical city of Nuremberg.
A stone bell tower sits as the centrepiece in the heart of the castle courtyard, which will house three separate bars as well as the single stage. With an upper tier, this space serves as a vantage point to take in the majestic views of the surrounding countryside. Therefore, you're quickly off into the nature, where you can take hour-long walks through beautiful fields and forests, sunbathe, or find some rest under the old oak growing within the fort.
What kind of people will I find at the festival?
In general we’re open to everyone who’s interested in joining our festival, of course. In the end, it will hopefully be a diverse and international crowd of music enthusiasts looking for likeminded people to connect and party with, and simply enjoy the vibes.
What kind of music am I going to hear?
Juggling around with genres is always difficult, but if we had to, it would probably be something/somewhere between house and techno – just take a closer look/listen at our line-up and find out yourself.
Anyway, our primary focus is to provide a unique opportunity to experience contemporary club and dance music in an unconventional and exceptional surrounding.
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