2 April 2018
More than 2,000 people a day have enjoyed the third edition of the International Dub Gathering (IDG), held March 29 to 31 in the Alicante town of Bigastro, where it has already announced that it will be held once again in 2019.
Virtually all European countries were present in the IDG, with festival goers coming mainly from Spain, Italy and UK, followed by France and Germany, joined by many others. A diverse audience that for three days has recreated the atmosphere of conviviality that is the stamp of its brother festival, the Rototom Sunsplash –that participated in the organization of the IDG- as was evident in the glamping right beside the festival site, which was home to more than a thousand people. The influx of festivalgoers also surprised the town of Bigastro itself, whose supermarkets nearly ran out of supplies on the first day of the event.
The IDG had its first experience this year in Valencia, where it chose Carmen24 venue in Bigastro to hold its event after making the leap from Barcelona. A venue that will host the festival in 2019,“given the success of this edition, and the warm welcome we have received, which has meant that festival goers went home happy. We are looking at how to extend the camping area and how to strengthen partnerships with the municipality to boost the number and variety of services for the coming year” as indicated by the organization.
More than 50 artists have performed on the five stages at the venue, giving shape to a musical offering led by Jah Shaka, Mafia & Fluxy, Twinkle Brothers, Adrian Sherwood and Iration Steppas. The music was accompanied by an extra-musical programme with conferences, activities for the whole family, a market area and a wide range of international cuisine, from Mexico to Japan, including authentic vegetarian and vegan delights.