Rabat – 2018 Mawazine Festival and Rhythms of the World has started with a crazy atmosphere at the international stage, OLM Souissi. The energetic Dutch DJ, Martin Garrix, has offered a spectacular show that the festival-goers will probably never forget. Morocco World News was there to tell you all about it.
It is 9 p.m at the OLM Souissi stage near the Hilton forest and the Sofitel hotel, and the crowd is starting to get impatient. To pass time, the Moroccan fans of Martin Garrix have set the mood by shouting his name and singing.
The Atlas Lions were not forgotten during this first day of the festival. Leaving the 2018 World Cup competition, the national team was cheered up by Mawazine’s crowd who raised their flag and shouted Amrabat’s, Bouhaddouz’s, and Dirar’s name while singing the national anthem.
The excited crowd also had a lot to say regarding the first night of the festival.
Talking to MWN, Driss, 21, said that he was here to meet his “idol,” Martin Garrix. “I have been waiting for this moment for too long now. I’m feeling so impatient to see one of the best DJ in the world performing live in front of me, it is a dream come true.”
Meryam, 18, told MWN that she is celebrating her graduation from high school. “My parents offered me Martin Garrix’s tickets as a gift to reward me for my good grades, I could not be happier.”
As for Ali, 23, he is a Mawazine regular, as he doesn’t miss a single concert. “I am used to come to Mawazine, I attend all the concerts. It is such an incredible thing to have big festival like Mawazine, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
A warm up by Justin Mylo:
If his name doesn’t sound familiar, it probably will now after his set. Justin Mylo, a close friend to Martin Garrix and a DJ and producer, has prepared the crowd, opening the concert for Garrix with a song called “Cheap Motel” and a remix of the famous track “Closer” by the Chainsmokers.
Mylo succeeded in keeping the crowd entertained with half an hour of pure excitement.
Crowd goes crazy for sensational Garrix:
“Salam Alaykoum Morocco,” said Garrix before starting off his set. The worldwide DJ dropped the first notes of his famous track “Forever,” firing up an unbelievable crowd who started to dance and sing along with the artist.
The 22-year-old sensation, who interacted often with the audience, turned the OLM Souissi stage into a giant dance floor. He sublimated his fingers on the turntables, transforming it into a tool of a haunting musical creation in a show mixing electronic music with lighting and pyrotechnic effects.
The DJ offered the Moroccan audience a 90-minute set of madness, with songs like “Turn up the Speakers” produced in collaboration with DJ Afrojack, “Virus (How about Now)” produced with the DJ MOTi, and his famous song “Lions in the wild,” a collaboration with the duo Third Party.
It’s in a perfect, almost intimate symbiosis that Martin Garrix and the audience sang “Waiting for Love,” a tribute to DJ Avicii who died last April, a goodbye in music to one of the most important DJs of the electronic scene.
The Dutchman also delighted his audience with his reference tube “Animals,” which became a worldwide success, as well as with his titles “In the Name of Love” and “Ocean,” before intensifying the tempo thanks to his hits, such as The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel my Face” or Calvin Harris’ “How Deep is Your Love.”
Garrix’s show praised:
The opening of the 17th Mawazine Festival and Rhythms of the World has kept all its promises, bringing together a large audience. On social media, people seemed to be satisfied by the DJ’s performance.
“I’m not a fan of electronic music but I have to admit that Martin Garrix’s show was exceptional,” “It was amazing, best concert I have seen in my life,” wrote people on social media.
Born in 1996 in Amstelveen-Netherlands, Martijn Gerard Garritsen, better known as Martin Garrix, began his career in 2012 as a musician, record producer, DJ, and ghostwriter.
In five years’ time, Garrix has already made it to stardom following the release of his songs “BFAM” and “Just Some Loops” and was named “the world’s top DJ” by DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll for 2016-2017, making him “the youngest ever recipient of the award.”
Martin Garrix has prepared the stage for more artists to come. Big names of the international music industry will perform at the OLM Souissi stage, including French Montana, who will be singing tonight, Jamiroquai (June 24), Niska and Damso (June 25), The Chainsmokers (June 26), Bruno Mars (June 27), Texas (June 28), The Weekend (June 29), and Luis Funsi (June 30), who will close this years’ festival.
Last year, the festival attracted over 2 million music lovers.