Moksha’s Rebirth Of The Sun: An End-Of-The-World Desert Rave
Every music festival has its own special thing going on that makes for a totally unique experience. The crowd, the setting and the music all come together to create an environment that is totally exclusive to that specific place in time and impossible to replicate. Because each one is different and beautiful in its own way, I find it hard to claim that any one is better than another. However, I can say with confidence that Moksha’s “Rebirth of the Sun” nature party at the Dead Sea in Israel was one of the craziest experiences I have had in my lifetime.
Israel is known for these nature parties, which are crazy trance music raves held out in the middle of the desert or in some other remote location in nature. Generally they are kept very under the radar to avoid police involvement and maintain their enigmatic nature; the location is released just before the event and spread only by word of mouth. The one I attended this past weekend was a bit different–much larger, more organized, and run by a company called Moksha, who are known to be the best in the biz (and proved themselves worthy of this status).
We arrived in the middle of the desert sometime Friday evening, where I felt passionately that we had secretly been transported to Burning Man. Sand blowing in our eyes, we made our way with the crowd through the seemingly endless abyss of dirt and rocks towards the music and the lights.
The setting was one single stage, illuminated beautifully, sitting amidst the depths of a desert flatland surrounded entirely by hills located next to the Dead Sea. The space was small and manageable without being too crowded for the 7,000 people in attendance. One could observe the entire event by sitting atop a surrounding hill.
And observe we did–the people watching potential at a nature party is nothing short
of epic. So many beautifully weird creatures from every walk of life. All so different yet united by destiny for an electric night. I felt that the crowd had the friendliest, happiest vibes of any festival I’ve ever attended. Trance music brings something special out in people that I’ve never seen before and unites us on another level.
Let me clarify that when I discuss trance music here I’m not talking about Tiesto or Armin van Buuren–definitely no fist pumping involved here. Think more along the lines of Infected Mushroom and Shpongle. The DJs mostly fell under the subgenres of
psytrance and goa trance, highlights including Filteria, Transwave, Tristan and Lish.
I found this kind of trance music to be unique to any genre that exists, and I was immediately transfixed by the movement it evokes from people. It was almost tribalistic, like we were all involved in our own personal raindance. You are free to move your body as you please, however the music speaks to you, and just let loose.
The raging continued through the night, into the morning and throughout the following day. Since the event only lasted for a night and a day, everyone went hard nonstop to make the most of their experience. Breaks were taken only to hang out at different campsites, regroup and make new friends, which was easy given the nature of the crowd. Everyone shared their food, water and shelter with pleasure.
This was one of those experiences that’s nearly impossible to convey in words, so I recommend you check out the video below to get the full effect (and catch me at 2:53-I’m the bouncy rainbow). All I can say in closing is that if the world really had ended on 12/21/12, I would have definitely said goodbye with a smile.