Worldwide Festival 2018 - Highlights

 
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Worldwide festival 2018

 all images by Pierre Nocca

back with a sneeze and a cough! I got it on the ‘day off’ tuesday of the Colombia game... held it back until the easy jet doors opened at north terminal so a few days to regenerate before taking on lovebox on friday and lauren laverne every day next week.

what can I say about our 13th…was it the best? well it has certainly become a well oiled machine thats f’sure! we had great weather and every artist delivered to the max as always the crowd won the best ever award. people ask me what the recipe is for the WW for me music sound and venues are easy to organise ….but an audience never is... the best clubs in history were always about the audience shoom / sundays at dingwalls / plastic people / sub club / bar rumba thats how it is / speed / coop / music box manchester etc… and thats why I love the WW so much… the audience is the best… international , open and respectful of the moment!

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so thank you once again to everyone who made it to our 8 days in Sete people often ask me if we’ll ever go back to the lighthouse stage. well yes we intend to open up a bigger space for a couple of nights again - hopefully next year… but when you have such an awesome venue as the Theatre de la Mer its difficult to dance somewhere else. in fact the switch from stage to dance floor is a magic moment every night.. and that dance floor is the closest I’ve come to Club Yellow in Tokyo… it doesn’t get any better.

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highlights were daily… from Amp Fiddler and Andres opening up the Theatre to Hailu Mergia in the Museum garden to Roy Ayers jumping on with BBNG!

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Japan night was sensational and Fourtet was class… Daphni b2b Ben UFO, Louie Vega dropping Barbara Anne… 

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an extraordinary friday with Juana Molina and then Hermeto showing (like Marshall Allen last year) that one only improves with age. Hermeto was genuinely blown away… the band kept playing for 30 minutes after the set in their changing room… check Lefto's footage below!

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the UK vibe was ever present with inspired sets from Joe Armon-Jones and Kokoroko who were the perfect band for finale…that version of Pat Thomas/ Gyae Su… whoooooop!

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thanks to Pierre Nocca for some great shots as always… and the audio team who keep us at the top of the festival sound game!

in fact taking it back to the ‘day off’ tuesday at La Ola… that was quite possibly my highlight… Thris Tian, Borge, Bradley, Andres, Sophie Callis,

Benji B and Rita Maia all jumping on… magic indeed

…where’s the cold remedy…

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ps. got another little weekend away ready to go in September… watch this space

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