Great Night at Pacha Bali Festival 2017
Photos by Mackie Artwork and Gtrz
We first heard about the plan of Pacha Bali Festival was back in 2016. On 18 August 2018, the first ever Pacha Bali Festival was held at Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. We had a chance to cover it and from what we experienced that night, it was great one.
We arrived at 4 PM that day and Danny Wade had already played at the red circle stage. On the hotel building there were 3 giant vertical LED screens. They also had cherries made from Styrofoam, an iconic symbol of Pacha. About 30 minutes later, Dipha Barus was up on the decks.
Dipha started his performance with some serious House tracks. He ended his performance with his own song titled ‘Nothing Can Stop Us’. Slowly, the crowd filled the VIP area and GA area. After Dipha, Leroy Styles was up to deliver sunset performance. The organizers set up tents for top up tokens, F&B, and small space called Hippy Market.
We were hoping to find some Pacha official merchandise there but unfortunately the organizer didn’t prepare it any for the fans to leave with.
Leroy wrapped up his performance around 9 PM and by that time Roger Sanchez was ready to entertain the crowd. From the beginning, he played proper House tracks that suits and that set the atmosphere for an all out beach party. Everybody around us was dancing! Some fireworks also accompanied his performance, along with 8 Pacha dancers.
We took a break at Moonlight Kitchen & Bar, located at Anantara’s rooftop. The rooftop itself was also part of Pacha Bali. If the crowd wanted to relax a bit, they could grab some drinks and enjoy the music from the DJ.
After we recharged for a while, we came down to the festival area again and it was Patrix Johnson on stage. His performance kept the mood full of energy. Finally, the last performance to close the festival was Steve Angello.
Steve played his own tracks, such as Remember and Children Of The Wild. He also brought back some memories by playing tracks during his time with Swedish House Mafia. In the middle of his performance, more fireworks rained into the sky. Steve extended his set for about 30 minutes and ended his performance around 2.30 AM which kept the crowd moving to the rhythm of the night.
The party wasn’t over, though as it moved itself to Moonlight.
How best can I describe Pacha Bali?
All I can say is that this is how you throw a proper beach party. I felt that the enthusiasm from the people in Bali was also high that everyone had a blast. For us, Roger Sanchez was the highlight of the night. He really spread the spirit of Pacha through his set and it is something that I will never forget.
We really hope there will be second edition of Pacha Bali and we hope it will be bigger than the first one.