Martin Garrix was a super successful opening act for the 7th edition of Mawazine Festival “Rhythms of the World”, held from June 22nd to the 30th, 2018. The 21-year-old DJ managed to attract a new record high crowd attendance straight away.
His act is a masterpiece in itself, where lighting, special effects and a large LED “plus sign” is perfectly synced with one after the other dance music hit. There is certainly no doubt that being twice ranked first in the Top 100 of DJ Mag is well deserved by Garrix.
In cooperation with DUSHOW Nice, Swefog’s Ultimate 2000 and the brand-new Crystal Haze Fluid provided atmospheric TrueColor haze to the lighting designers operating the OLM Souissi International Stage programs. Dushow recently picked up the reworked Ultimate 2000 hazer and the Crystal Haze Fluid, a combination which has quickly grows in popularity among high-end show producers. For top charting artists, an atmospheric canvas that provide their designer and the lightshow with refined gain of optical clarity, light reflectivity and color brightness can enhance the experience immensely for the thrilled festival-goers and audiences streaming the show.
The 8 day long Moroccan festival held in Rabat showcased not only international superstars but the best artists on the Moroccan scene as well as up and coming talented musicians and singers from all across the globe allocated on 7 different scenes.
The following day in the streets of Rabat pedestrians and festival-goers were entertained by the Shems’y National Circus School trained Groupe Soleil consisting of acrobats and stilt walkers, Moroccan troupes and fanfares, as well as Timing Boys showcasing unique dance performances.
Garrix’s memorable opening was later the evening of June 23rd followed up by Rabat-born star French Montana. Giving people from his hometown the opportunity to experience his iconic show was a blessing for many dedicated fans. His performance included songs featuring the rap game’s hottest artists, including Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo and Snoop Dogg. French Montana incorporate a lot of cloudy fog and CO2 effect into his show which makes the lighting design look even more dramatic and theatrical. French Montana, who is renown to be creative with different styles of rap and hip hop music, have been trending earlier this year with the song “Welcome To The Party” for the movie Deadpool2. The song was a collaboration between Diplo, French Montana and the newest hottest rap artist worldwide known as Lil Pump, also featuring Zhavia.
On June 24th is was time for Jamiroquai’s first concert in Morocco. The British singer delivered a brilliant, energetic show on the OLM Souissi stage, with all of the groove and electronic pop that is his trademark. Some of the hits visitors were please to enjoy were “When You Gonna Learn?”, “Space Cowboy” and “Cosmic Girl”. Even a massive stage like OLM Souissi is crowded when Jamiroquai perform, because, joining him are duplicates of drummers, pianists, guitarists and a small crowd of vocalists. One truly amazing band to say the least. A visually heavy set with a lot of fiery orange and baby blue lighting, fantastic industrial & sci-fi themed LED backdrop as well as loads of haze set the festival-goers up for one stunning show.
On Mawazine’s fourth day Niska and Damso were welcomed to the international stage, both are two of the most famous representatives of the French hip hop and rap community. The two rising stars kept the ocean of visitors dancing for almost two hours. Long performances like this require the atmospheric effects to have a good hang time and the generator to maintain good output especially when it’s all located on an outdoor stage where weather conditions are fighting against the operators. Swefog’s Crystal Haze has a long hang time due to the particles being approximately 1 micron in size only. Indoors, hang times upwards of 2 and 3 hours are not uncommon depending on ventilation systems and outdoors risk of wind removing all the haze or humidity layering the effect is low.
The following night featured a DJ duo whose performance and use of atmospheric effects can best be described with their signature name. The Chainsmokers. With a constant high-volume output of haze and fog to carry their light and laser heavy design the stage was nothing but a cloudy wonderland throughout the dance party. Their cartoonish set style is a sight to behold live, coupled with their smooth sounds and epic drops, the famous multi-award-winning duo attracted a whole lot of spectators.
Bruno Mars later brought his uptown funk to Rabat on day 6 of “Rhythms of the World” and the mega show as well as popularity among both young and old people in the audience confirmed that anything he does is 24K golden. Having performed globally, done Superbowl half time shows, hit records on YouTube and Billboard and being a winner of numerous Grammys, everyone expected a flashy and incredibly colorful performance. He disappointed no one. His show is thoroughly thought through and requirements on lighting fixtures as well as atmospheric effects are as high as they possibly can get. Great balance between fog and haze is necessary for beam coverage far out in the audience area while great clarity all the way back to the visuals displayed behind Bruno Mars and his band are maintained at the same time. Dushow Nice have long experience working with international superstars and have been providing technical solutions to some of the most demanding festivals since 1981. For Mawazine Festival 2018, they managed their role to perfection both during Bruno Mars set and during the rest of the festival. The cheering fans can agree on one thing and that is how magical June 27th at OLM Souissi was.
One week of Mawazine passes quickly, yet festival-goers were in for two more great shows to end the celebrations. Next up were the legendary rock group Texas and the rising star Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd. Both were enjoying huge crowds and they delivered world class performances. The Weeknd has collaborated with popular artists such as The Daft Punk, Lana del Rey, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga and Wiz Khalifa, he is known for his charting mixes of RnB, pop and rap music. Throughout his songs lighting maintain a stylish theme and only one or a very limited amount of colors are being used, building power and character with varying intensities and glamorously programmed cues instead of overwhelming effects. This is great because it allows spectators to focus on his incredible voice and persona. With all this beauty, the 17th edition of the hugely successful Moroccan festival, themed “Rhythms of the World”, organized under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, came to an end for over 2 500 000 spectators.