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 came around 4 PM that day and Danny Wade already played at red circle stage. The decorations were quite nice. On hotel building, there were 3 giant vertical LED screen. They also have cherries made from styrofoam, an iconic symbol of Pacha. Not to mention beach behind guardrail. About 30 minutes later, Dipha Barus was up.
Dipha started his performance with some House tracks. He ended his performance with his own song called "Nothing Can Stop Us". Slowly, the crowd already filled the VIP area and GA area. After Dipha, Leroy Styles was up to deliver sunset performance. We took our time to explore the whole venue. The organizers set up tents for top up token, F&B, and small space called Hippy Market.
We were hoping to find some Pacha official merchandise there. Unfortunately the organizer didn’t prepare it. Too bad, because we do want some memento from Pacha.
Leroy wrapped up his performance around 9 PM. That’s the time for Roger Sanchez to entertain the crowd. From the beginning, he played proper House tracks that suits the atmosphere of beach party. Everybody around us were dancing! Some fireworks also accompanied his performance, along with 8 Pacha dancers.
We took a break at Moonlite Kitchen & Bar, located at Anantara’s rooftop. The rooftop itself was also part of Pacha Bali. If the crowd want to relax a bit, they can grab some drinks and enjoy the music from the DJ. That moment, it was James Sullivan behind the deck. From the 5th floor, we saw how packed the areas, both GA and VIP. It was Fedde Le Grand behind the deck down there.
After we recharged for a while, we came down to the festival area again and it was Patrix Johnson on stage. His performance keep the crowd’s mood up high. Finally, the last performance to close the festival was Steve Angello.
Steve Angello 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, another fireworks appeared with "Don’t You Worry Child" playing. Saw how the crowd so pumped up, Steve extended his set for about 30 minutes and ended his performance around 2.30 AM. The party wasn’t over, but moved to Moonlite.
How can we describe Pacha Bali?
Well, we can say that this is how you throw a proper beach party. The enthusiasm from the people in Bali also high. Even the ticket booth for on the spot sales packed with queuing people wanted to go to the festival. For us, Roger Sanchez was the highlight of the night. He really spread the spirit of Pacha through his set.
We really hope there will be second edition of Pacha Bali and we hope it will be bigger than the first one.
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