Same like our warm-up article, we start with a little history first before we delve into the 2017 edition. If you already read our warm-up article, click here to jump to our write up on Space Safari 2017.
While it was only the second edition of Space Safari, they’ve been running parties and festivals for years before they found these grounds. Most of the crew are actually from Belgium and more specifically: Ghent. If you haven’t been to Belgium or Ghent before, I highly recommend a visit to this great city and enjoy the food, beers, scenery and generally lovely people.
Lost Theory Festival
I had been to the Lost Theory parties they throw at their Chinastraat location before, where as of recently they still host parties and have a workshop to be able to work on decoration. Even before they hosted their first outdoor parties, they already started a record label called Lost Theory Records. Their first outdoor party in 2010 was a big success and people clearly wanted more.
AT IT’S PEAK, THE FESTIVAL HOSTED AROUND 8000 PEOPLE
But because Belgium is far from the ideal place to organise these kind of festivals, they opted instead to organise it in the (back then recently joined EU) Croatia. At it’s peak, the festival hosted around 8000 people. But because the festival wanted a permanent location and was being troubled by the (corrupt) Croatia, they moved to Spain and found a perfect location nearby Salamanca. About a two hour drive from Boom Festival, here they did find a local government willing to work with them. This year there’s no Lost Theory Festival, but there will be again in 2018.
Space Safari 2016
Because the organisation wanted to do something close by home, they tried it in their own country. But as mentioned earlier, Belgium simply isn’t the place to be for these festivals.
THE LOCATION IS PERFECT, IN PART BECAUSE THE LICENSE GRANTS YOU PERMISSION TO PLAY MUSIC ALL NIGHT LONG
Luckily they found the Beekse Bergen willing to host Space Safari, which had it’s first edition last year in 2016. Familiar with big festivals like Decibel and Best Kept Secret (50.000 visitors), they were actually pleased with Space Safari and it’s kind visitors that didn’t cause nuisances like the bigger festivals. It was only small, unlike it’s bigger brother Lost Theory, but showed a promising future.
The location is perfect, in part because the license grants you permission to play music all night long. Which is actually very difficult to get in the Netherlands, as you could’ve read in my Psy-Fi festival 2016 report.
Space Safari 2017
Because we were blessed by a visit the day before the festival would start, everything went smooth sailing when we arrived around 5pm at the festival grounds.
It makes such a big difference if you’re going to a festival with what I’d call a family that looks after each other, eats together, but also lets you loose when you want to break free
The festival was already open since 2pm which resulted in a queue if you arrived early, but for us it only took about 15 minutes. Festival visitors could stay in the car and received a simple paper with instructions on where to go and the request to stay in the car until you had gone through the checkpoint.
We found our friends at the camping area and put up the tents, which after everything was said and done, we were able to start on our deliciously prepared Lamb Curry heated up in our friends camper van. From this moment on I knew things would be much easier than other festivals. Besides from Space Safari 2017 being a ‘home match’ for us (only 30 minutes drive), it makes such a big difference if you’re going to a festival with what I’d call a family that looks after each other, eats together, but also lets you loose when you want to break free.
Space Safari 2017: Friday
But while I had done some walking around on the festival grounds, when we made it to the festival area through the tunnel and security point, I still managed to make a wrong (early) left turn. This lead to some 100-200 people including the security to be lead the wrong way. Hilarity ensued of course and because it was already dark, we made it straight to the main stage.
(…) I lead some 100-200 people including the security to be lead the wrong way, hilarity ensued
As expected and recommended, from the first day I remember Whrikk’s set as incredibly trippy at that point.
I hadn’t seen the main stage at night either, which had blacklight all around the dance floor. This obviously worked very well with the trippy clothes people wear. Same with the Grassroots hat I picked up earlier this year. If someone did want to find me, they could. And then there was the laser projection on the main stage, while the roof above you was trippy as fuck.
And then there was the laser projection on the main stage, while the roof above you was trippy as fuck
Whrikk was continued by Derango ft. Purosurpo until 4 at night and continued the trippy, beating vibes. After that, music on the main stage stopped and we made it to the Space Stage to see if there was any music going on. There was, but not very loud. So we made it back to the camping and continued our own party and those who needed it, slept a bit to get some energy for what would be the craziest day of the weekend.
Space Safari 2017: Saturday
Waking up to a a lovely sunny day, not too cold not too hot, we fixed ourselves up with a shower and toilet visit (which weren’t your usual Dixies, but proper toilets that functioned all weekend). Having had breakfast, we ate some more of the excellent Lamb Curry, smoked some and took our drops before we would find ourselves back on the dance floor at the mainstage.
I think when we finally made it, Atmos was already playing by then. Overjoyed by the people around me and possibly the mix of substances by then buzzing, I was for a while convinced I saw a girlfriend of mine which after a closer inspection of course wasn’t so. The next day I met her again and we laughed about it…
Dancing away the happy, primitive people dance as I like to call it. Why don’t we always dance like this?
I spend most of my time around the main stage dance floor, getting a taste of the great pizza and where we had a couple chillums while dancing away. The happy, primitive people dance as I like to call it. Why don’t we always dance like this?
When the mainstage was done for the day around 4 again, we regrouped at the Space Stage and had a Chai Tea before we would find ourselves back at the camping for a dabbing session for the after hours. It was already daytime for a couple hours until I gave in and went horizontal for a couple hours for the final day.
Space Safari 2017: Sunday
This day was spent mostly at the main stage again, where I bought a trippy t-shirt from psychedelic artist Neil Gibson that I hoped would come in handy for the night. However, the after party was cancelled due to noise complaints and Hashashin finished the weekend at the space stage at (sadly enough) minimum volume.
This day was spent mostly at the main stage again, where I bought a trippy t-shirt from psychedelic artist Neil Gibson
I had made some new friends by then and was formally adopted by a new family. Together we had a session and made it to the camping grounds, where with the darkness, light rain started to fall.
I figured it was time to say goodbye and go back to my family for The Stoned Society After Hours session.
After the sun had come up, it was time to get our act together and pack everything before 2pm when everyone was urged to leave. Luckily I got some help with my ‘2 second’ tent and cleaned up our area before we got home.
Space Safari 2017 was an adventure never to forget.
Sending out smoke signals, we shared love, peace, unity and respect
For me, it didn’t require more visitors, but there’d still fit a couple more. Still, I saw people from all over the world, including Native American looking people which can confuse the fuck out of you if you’re tripping. Sending out smoke signals, we shared love, peace, unity and respect.
As such, I would like to thank the Space Safari organisation for a wonderful job, my family and extended family for a mission into space that was summed up by a friend as the Space Safarian Stoned Project. I wholeheartedly agree.