The Woodstock of Morocco





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Why The Woodstock of Morocco?

Each summer, the sleepy Moroccan fishing port of Essaouira (just 4 hours from Rick’s famous gin-joint from the classic film Casablanca) comes to life with the rhythmic beats of the Gnaoua World Music Festival.

Imagine a charming, 18th-century port town; its whitewashed houses (casa blancas) and iconic blue window shutters swelling in size as close to half a million music fans, party-seekers and musicians from all over the globe gather to celebrate the ancestral and African Islamic spiritual songs and rhythms of the Gnaoua people. Sound like your idea of a romantic hippie heaven? Then read on!

When the North African sun sets on the glistening, nearby Atlantic Ocean, the magic begins. These are four evenings when even the most square onlookers sway to the hypnotic drum rhythms, ethereal vocals and bizarre instruments.

What Makes This Event So Out Of This World?

So, whether you want to enjoy a mix of traditional Gnaoua-style music, blues, reggae, jazz and hip hop - with 10 different stages, each offering different genres, you can be sure to find the beats to move your feet. Plus, there’s such a fairy-tale vibe, you might even meet a special someone from your tribe, thus giving you the chance to paraphrase Rick’s famous Casablanca line “Of all the World Music Festivals in all the towns in all the world, you had to walk into mine!” You see, we at Life of Riley know all the best chat up lines! That one comes for free! 

Essaouira has a magical quality that transports you to another time. So, if you want to follow in the footsteps of Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix at the ""Woodstock of Morocco"", click the link to feel the romance and sway to the rhythm.

In Short:

  • Gnaoua World Music Festival
  • Other-worldly music festival will bring magic to your life
  • Visit the beautiful Moroccan fishing port of Essaouira
  • 10 Stages featuring Gnaoua-style music, blues, reggae, jazz & hip hop
  • Follow in the footsteps of Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix
Will Howell Cornes
Will Howell Cornes Author & Events Manager