Klassified music festival 2018: Everything you need to know

Annabel Simpson

Aside from Kaleidoscope at Alexandra Palace, there is nothing of much excitement happening on the UK festival scene this weekend, so in protest I have decided to pack my disco boots, say au revoir to England and head on a last-minute electronic music festival adventure. Booking flights the day before an impromptu trip always ensures a rush of excitement and reminds me I ought to do it more often.

It will only take a two-hour flight and a 30-minute drive for me to find myself on the Col d’Eze – a stunning mountain pass in the Alpes-Maritimes between Nice and Monaco overlooking the sea. This place is special.

Klassified promises a 48-hour immersive experience of pure relaxation and festivities in one of France’s most breathtaking spots. Pure relaxation and festivities don’t usually go hand in hand but I do love a festival that has a contrasting day/night vibe. If we can go home feeling as relaxed as we are partied-out, then that’s perfect.

During the day, take a wander around this historic site in the sunshine, soak up the views and fill your belly at the pop-up food market, offering an exciting range of worldly, organic flavours. Why not dabble in a bit of Mayan body-painting, reiki workshops and meditation? It would be rude not to.

When night falls, an electronic music adventure will begin. I’m most excited about Damian Lazarus, whose Circo Loco set at DC10 in Ibiza always gets my pulse racing, and whose track, Sacred Dance of The Demon, plunges me into a state of extreme bliss and disarray. He’s a rebel who sends a crowd on a rhythmic journey.

I'm also looking forward also to Blond:ish, who are two talented, kooky girls I’ve seen play at the iconic Burning Man-style event Woomoon in Ibiza.

This weekend will be pure escapism and who could want anything more.

The essentials

When? July 21-22, 2018

Where? L’Oppidum du Col d’Eze, France

Who’s headlining? Audiofly, Damian Lazarus

Where should we stay? There are bell tents on site and plenty of local hotels and B'n'Bs

More information: klassifiedmusic.com/festival

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