Israel’s ever-growing psytrance scene is very diverse- from outdoor to indoor, from Progressive to Full On, Goa and dark, from underground to massive one day raves and psychedelic festivals – Israel has it all! The Israeli crowd is known for its endless energies, creating massive crazy vibe. Ask any DJ you want, they all say that there’s something total and very dedicated in the parties here. Not many people come from overseas to experience the Israeli scene, as it is less accessible, but those who do, never forget the adventure.
Astrix, Captain Hook, LOUD, Astral Projection, Perfect Stranger, Sub6, U-Recken, Ritmo, Bizzare Contact, Sesto Sento, Darwish, PsySex, Vini Vici, Vibe Tribe, Upgrade.
Echoes Records. Mainstage Records.
PARTIES & FESTIVALS
Moksha Project is one of the most veteran productions in Israel, making parties from 1999, both underground and more organized, Moksha have a real tribe diverse and dedicated following them for more than 15 years. They are also in charge of the Indigo Festival and were also part of S.U.N Festival in Hungary for its first two years.
Unity Project is a new but right now one of the leading party productions in Israel, bringing the leading artists, both Israeli and from all over the world. Huge line ups & massive raves place Unity as the headliners of more commercial events in Israel today. Circle of Life is a smaller organization run by Darwish & Cholo that stays true to the underground feel, with smaller quality events held far in the desert offering a very special tribal atmosphere. Darwish also runs his annual Desert Adventure dedicated to his late brother Itzik for 12 years in a row now and held every year in Itzik’s birthday. These are very special events that resemble nothing else in the world. Groove Attack are another big and established party organization that has few big outdoor events with huge line-ups spread across the year, like Neverland, Satya Festival and this year made a big TIP Festival. Doof are the oldest party organization in Israel, working since the mid 90s. For the last decade, they have been concentrating on the unique Doof festival that has been running for 12 years in a row now and has its own unique underground feel. On top of these there are at least 2-3 small underground parties in a myriad of styles and atmospheres happening every weekend. For indoors parties there’s Klika of Happiness, bringing psytrance with excursions to other psychedelic genres to the urban surrounding, with a great line in Tel Aviv running every Monday; Com4Trance at the Com.fort club are also running a stable line for more than a decade; In Haifa you have Mingling Shmingling & Shleikes, and down south there’s the great Baraka Club and the veteran Forum Club, and there are great parties happening in Eilat on the Red Sea.
DECO & ART
Meltdown Factory are making very special stages and designs in Israel and international festivals, and there’s also Alon Deco, who’s doing big stages and deco.
MORE PARTY INFO
Indoor parties go on from 11-12 o'clock to 5-6 am. Outdoors parties run from 12-2 am to noon and one-day raves run to 4-6 pm
There are afterparties happening regularly on Saturdays, usually starting at noon.
Indoor parties cost around 80 shekels (about 20 dollars), 100-150 shekels (30-40 dollars) for outdoors parties, and up to 300 shekels (around 75 dollars) for raves.
PSY-SEEING IN ISRAEL
Israel is full of history and amazing and diverse natural spots – mountains, beaches, deserts – it’s all there. There’s the historic cities of Jerusalem, Nazareth and Safed; Haifa, the relaxed mountain city surrounded by beaches, Beach town Eilat on the Red Sea, and of course nightlife capital, Tel Aviv. And don’t miss the lowest place on Earth – The Dead Sea (if you’re lucky you can catch great parties there in the winter).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DJ, producer, party organizer and owner of Guru Temple Psytrance music production school
I am DARWISH, DJ, producer, party organizer and owner of Guru Temple Psytrance music production school together with my partner DJ Cholo. I have been breathing the psytrance culture in Israel for over 15 years now, producing and playing in parties all over Israel and abroad 3-6 gigs a week usually. Ever since the early days of the scene, back in the 90`s, I have always liked the tribal feeling in the Israeli scene. My brother Itzik, who passed away 12 years ago, and I started arranging underground parties, mainly in the desert, in the late 90`s, creating the one of the first Israeli trance tribes, with amazing crowd that followed us to each party we made.
It has to be psychedelic and tribal and tell a story. All the rest is just words.