Following the success of last year’s event, Equation Festival is back again, taking place between Apr. 6 and Apr. 8 at Dong Mo Lake, near Hanoi.
The house and techno music festival brings acts from across Southeast Asia, as well as international acts, to provide a three-day lockdown of some of the best up-and-coming talent on the scene.
Back in the House
With help from the team behind Savage nightclub in Tay Ho, this year’s instalment of Equation aims to build on the foundations that were laid last year.
“We want to work more on all of the workshops outside of the music. This year we have five workshops so far, with plans to include more,” says David Kordel, the marketing and communication manager for Equation. “We’re also putting a lot of work into the decoration. Last year we had two beautiful stages and the tea tent, but that was it, the rest of the space felt empty. This time around we’ve got a team of local guys helping us to build something really cool.”
Central to the festival’s philosophy is the goal of giving exposure to local DJs, with the team wanting to facilitate the growth of the local house and techno scenes.
“We want to involve the Vietnamese community as much as possible,” says David. “Last year it was mostly internationals present, because the local community weren’t aware of the scene. But now that Savage has been open for a year and a half, and we have half-and-half Vietnamese and internationals in there. More people are aware of it.”
He adds: “We want to make it like a big family. We only have people in the line-up who we know or who have played for us before, so it’s kind of like a big reunion. People can leave their brain in Hanoi and come and relax, surrounded by nature and good people for the weekend.”
The line-up consists of local DJs alongside international acts from as far afield as Germany and Korea. The music will be divided between the techno stage, the house stage, and the tea tent.
Alongside the music there will be yoga and dance workshops, artisans, a film theatre, a magician and more.
“We’re making an effort to provide more entertainment through the workshops, but our first priority will always be the music,” says David. “We focus on a very specific type of music here — that’s what sets us apart from the other festivals like Quest, it’s much more about that specific music.”
Learning as They Go
The Equation team have taken some lessons from their inauguration last summer, and have made an effort to make this year’s festival as comfortable and as well put together as they can make it.
“We’ve improved the camping from last year,” says David. “The campgrounds are lit up now, and they’re under the shade of the trees and also nearer to the showers.”
“We’ve also got a few restaurants from Hanoi setting up stalls in the grounds, including Ke Quan. We have a guy from Hong Kong cooking up Indian food. We also have a proper breakfast option this year.”
Tickets for Equation festival are VND2.2 million for a three-day pass, VND1.9 million for a Saturday / Sunday pass, and VND1.4 million for a Sunday pass. A student pass is also available at VND1.2 million for the three-day event — this is available to any student from any country, so long as they possess a valid student ID.
Tickets can be purchased at Savage nightclub (112 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi), the Equation office (number 1/9/54 Au Co, Tay Ho, Hanoi), and Fruity Fact (4 Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi). Online tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite and Ticketbox. Check Equation’s Facebook page for more details.
This year’s line-up takes some of the best local DJs, alongside prominent international acts. Here are some of the DJs taking part.
Alex From Tokyo (USA); Ali (Hanoi); Andy Hart (AUS); Answer Code Request (GER); Dan Lo (HCMC); Haruka (JAP), Hibiya Line (HCMC); Hlib (Hanoi); Hu Yang (CHI); Jauge (VN); Jonny Vicious (MAL); Kreshik (BEL); Min8 (VN), Nic Ford (UK / HCMC); nthng (NED); Quan (VN); San Soda (BEL); Sunsiaré (HK); UVB (FRA); Yoshi Nori (TAI); Zhiqi (CHI)