Over the past six years, Your Paradise Fiji has earned a reputation for being one the most intimate destination festivals in the world. Known for giving fans dance music an unrivaled intimate festival experience with their favorite artists on a remote island in Fiji, the festival returns this year with A-Trak, Gorgon City, Getter’s hip-hop alter ego Terror Reid, What So Not, Cosmo’s Midnight, Mija, Noisia, and more along with curated parties from Anjunadeep, Night Bass, and Desert Hearts. Your EDM spoke with two the festival founders for a chance to learn a little bit more about this island festival, if it really is just as much a fantasy as it appears to be, and if Your Paradise is as elite as it seems or if the festival really is a fantastic travel adventure for anyone who loves dance music as much as we do.
Ignacio Garcia: The goal was to develop a truly all-encompassing curated experience where travel, self-discovery, music & culture were part the one event. Originally attracting a primarily Australian audience, we have now flights departing from Los Angeles and Auckland, New Zealand; with plans for other departing cities like San Francisco, Tokyo and Singapore in 2020.
A goal is to keep developing our sustainability program and work closely with the local community to help grow the music culture locally. It’s something that has always been on our bucket list, but has become a focus for 2019 and beyond.
The idea flying 750 people into a remote island can be considered our own Daisy Dropper! The event takes place in a pretty remote location so we have always had to be quite realistic about our limitations (and we have a lot them) – Pragmatism has always been first mind. We mainly work on getting the basics right; managing guests & artists expectations, having great sound & programming. This has allowed us to stay away from too many crazy ideas we can’t pull f.
It’s hard to compare, I like to think Your Paradise has its own unique fering, it has its own character and identity. For us, it’s important that our guests have the freedom to curate their own experience.
I’d say If you love music and like to travel then Your Paradise is for you. We have payment plans help on the affordability front. People from all walks life, careers and cultures attend, guests are much more united by their love for music and adventure than a chance to flaunt on social media. In fact, we discourage the use social media and wifi at the event.
We are collaborating with the likes Anjunadeep and Night Bass this year, and The Blaze performing is something we’re very excited about. Somewhat a tradition is What So Not’s Fiji One performances, he is someone who has supported the event for many years and we love having him.
Special is a word that gets tossed around quite a bit, but for those who have been to the event, it is ten how they describe it. Personally, FISHER playing back to back with Patrick Topping to 30 guests in a tiny after-hours stage last year highlighted how special Your Paradise is.
The 2019 edition Your Paradise Fiji will run from December 6th-12th, but with only 600 attendees space at the resort is very limited. Visit the event website for information on any remaining packages for 2019.