In the context of music festivals, the word “luxury” is usually used to refer to a situation whereby a trip to the toilets is prefaced only with trepidation rather than outright fear, or where the ground beneath your tent leans only slightly to one side of the “uncomfortably hard” or “soft to the point of liquid” scale. Normally, the use of “luxury’ in such a context is steeped in irony, as it might be when uttered in a post-apocalyptic blockbuster or the depths of a Kensington pound shop. Groovefest luxury, however, need not carry such tones, with the Dominican Republic festival offering a genuinely epicurean experience this September 4th-11th.
Entering year number 4, Groovefest returns to its home in the beautiful Dominican Republic, but this time takes up a new location as it moves to the Barceló Bávaro Beach adult only resort. An idyllic setting with food and drink included in the package, the only problem you’re likely to have is deciding whether to head to the pool, the beach or the bar first. Dealing only in packages which cover airport transfers, accommodation and the all inclusive wristband, Groovefest doesn’t seek to offer the usual “work hard” side of the festival experience, choosing instead to provide you with the easiest of trips so that all of your energy can be focused on play.
So, that’s the luxurious setting, Caribbean climate and drinking and dining boxes ticked, but what of the music? This year, the likes of Derrick Carter, Claude Vonstroke, Gorgon City and Yousef take pride of place at the top of the bill, with Justin Martin, Kenny Dope and Kidnap Kid alongside. Providing some of the most popular names in techno and house, it seems Groovefest has music accounted for as well, making it by far one of the most inclusive packages available this summer.
Now can we use the word luxury? I’d say so.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Groovefest