The 11-Day Techno Bender On a Remote Vietnamese Island

Epizode is a beacon of pure house and techno.

by Jennifer Hahn
09 December 2019, 11:39am

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To do any music festival properly, you need a decent amount of stamina. To handle the 11-day-long Epizode festival, you need the kind of resilience you'd usually find in Toughest Mucker contestants or Tour De France winners.

Set on an impossibly white beach on a small island straddling the maritime border between Vietnam and Cambodia, among the sea of harem pants that usually characterises a large congregation of foreigners in South East Asia, it's a beacon of pure house and techno.

Last year, Epizode hosted dance heavyweights like Peggy Gou and Nina Kraviz. This year – set to take place from the 27th of December to the 7th of January, 2020 – the festival has brought on board Ben UFO, Moodymann and Richy Ahmed, alongside local talent such as Vietnamese-German Phuong Dan, a longtime resident at St Pauli's legendary Golden Pudel Club.

This particular brand of winter-break-meets-Berlin-sesh-holiday was clearly something people were after, as the festival has made a name for itself as the place where DJs themselves can relax after a long year of non-stop touring. So much so that, last year, it went on for an additional day – that's: a TWELFTH day – because the likes of Zip and Binh wanted to play extra sets.

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