Césarhof Festival

Deep house and ducks. The two become one for a weekend in Alsace’s intimate and fairly new festival Césarhof, cosily nestled in Ferme du Césarhof, Linsdorf just a blink away from the Swiss border. Situated on a ramshackle farm with a capacity for 2500 people to celebrate the finest of underground house and techno music, the festival brings out hippies, dance music lovers and a mix of music industry heads from Germany, England, Switzerland and pretty much any other city offering decent flights to Basel.

But what about the ducks? Moments after our bag search, the first thing we saw chilling in a particularly murky pond was a handful of ducks while the first of three stages pumped out melodic beats just metres away. This scene pretty much sums up Césarhof – ravers can enjoy the likes of Ion Ludwig, Traumer, Barac, Archie Hamilton, JulIa Govor and a long list of talented local acts under the sun, deep in the French countryside for a 72 hour trip. The sheer labour put into the decor by the team behind the Césarhof Restaurant was clearly evident, from the walls made of vinyl records to the suspended disco balls mismatched with open, upside-down umbrellas.

Yet with the modest capacity of the event, big brands like Egg LDN, The Zoo Project, EASTENDERZ and more, all rallied their support bringing over their artists for the weekend and splitting the stages between them. Sonja Moonear headlined Friday night for two hours of blissful deep tech while Martin Buttrich took over Egg LDN’s stage on Saturday for a bumpin’ tech house ride. Sunday saw the likes of The Zoo Project’s queen Dana Ruh take to the decks before the golf ball sized hailstones crashed down at dusk.

Despite the disappointing weather, punters continued to dance within reach of the bar and exceptional burger van, another advantage of this pocket sized, spirited festival. If you, (like us) are into humble gatherings, a sense of hedonism amongst nature, portaloos with actual toilet paper, burgers the size of your face and being ensconced by an electric bunch of international, like-minded and relaxed music lovers, Cesarhof is the one.

Niamh Oconnor