Set in bustling and beach-laden north Goa, Goat Festival hosted their first festival at Morjim Beach, it was the perfect stop off for a traveler looking for a mid-trip music fix or a fun holiday for friends. The intimate festival positions itself at the confluence of contemporary and traditional music, wellness and art, introducing and showcasing authentic India with complimenting international talent.
GOAT festival is presented by GOAT Music, a London-based music and events agency headed up by Dave Gaydon (previous Roundhouse, Head Of Music). Goa’s new music festival aptly centres itself on ‘international sounds’, with this year’s headline sets from Giles Peterson and Medlar that complimented the surrounding tropical scenery. During the day there was an inspiring mix of talent including the live band The Turbans, we loved the wealth of afrobeat, disco, afro-funk and tribal beats which got everyone dancing from 2pm-10pm daily to a backdrop of indian-inspired decorations, golden pineapples and a giant goat mascot towering over the dance floor.
Marbles & Ware Collective curated a playful daily schedule of wellbeing activities, which included hula hoop workshops with Lola and Alex Ingram as well as various yoga classes and dance sessions. Ali Gunning opened the festival daily with sound bathing with her magical gong, festival goers could hangout in mini-indian themed tipi tents and swinging chillout hammocks while listening to the performers from the main stage. As the day progressed and the sweltering heat subsided, you could get your body painted all over with unique tribal body art, face glitter and psychedelic bindis and third eyes!
Scattered around the venue were boutique pop-up’s with local designers sporting indian and tribal inspired attire. The venue had a delicious array of local chefs. We enjoyed an authentic Tandoori Chicken that’s bested anything we’ve had in our travels or back home in London. Minds (and mouths) blown.