Right in the middle of Sweden, just outside the centre of Rättvik, you can find a place called Dalhalla. An amphitheatre located in a former limestone quarry that is now used as a music venue.
Last year the festival Into the Valley had its premiere and luckily the festival came back this year again. It took us up and down, and then upside-down. Radar went to this fantastic festival to enjoy wicked styles, rhythmic tones and a funky wibe.
There is something special about the Swedish festivals when people come together, year after year. The well known prejudice about Swedish people not speaking to each other is long lost during the festival season when people are starving for electronic beats, fugitive love and new shallow friends. Making out while Ben Clock’s base already is changing the hearth rhythm, dancing like if there is now tomorrow to Abdulla Rashim and just having a blast in the sun to Four Tet’s live set. There is something very relaxing about mostly having thoughts of what-to-wear, what-to-drink, when-and-what-to-eat character in mind. To never have to worry about whether a gig will be good or not, because they all will be amazing: Maya Lourenco, Nadja Chatti, Axel Boman, Baba Stiltz, Kornel Kovacs, Ricardo Villalobos, La Fleur or some of the others. And even if the rain fell down like from an open sky some hours during mid Saturday the wet Converse shoes, the black crop tops and denim jackets would dry shortly and dance again when standing tight in a crowd. There is something very rescuing with being one dancing body among many. During Into the Valley dancing is what you do. Many Swedes and 70% non Swedish people gather in the great woods of Sweden for the same reason – electronic music, and thus some sort of belonging is created. When Nina Kravitz is responsible for the last gig there is no-one not paying attention. Not only because she might be one of the coolest person’s on this planet but also because another magical festivals is slowly coming to its end. There is always a sort of bubble bursting when having to leave, even if the bodies are, to say the least, tired and lonely when arriving home in bed. Thank you all responsible for arranging Into the Valley this year again.
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