A pure pleasure to attend and a delight to experience, Terraforma’s third installment packed a punch, intrigue and constant excitement. The coach drops you at the gates of the most awe-inspiring stately home about 25 minutes from the centre of Milan. A short walk along the outskirts to the campsite sets you in a small square field with turf almost as tough as some of the bass heard at the festival. This small square does feel like a community as all take a biodegradable shampoo/shower gel pack, a Eco friendly aerosol deodorant and nifty tent-wise ashtray which is sealable. The community is started by us all adhering to these rules and following the Terraforma way, and with barely 1000 people in attendance it really allows for you to recognise your fellow reveller.
Everybody becomes recognisable eventually as the programming means that only one act is on at any time, thus you and the flock herd to the each one of the three stages together in great anticipation of the next experimental masterclass you will see. My experience debuted with the dynamic N.M.O who were encircled by the flock en masse as all were mesmerised by the live analogue set up established before us. Mesmerisation was the name of the game on Friday, as we lay back and lost ourselves in GAS as his visual live set devoured the attention of all. Now we joined mesmerisation with a punch as the DJs, Arpanet, Aurora Halal and Objekt came to play and closed out the first night of excellence with deep, hard, glitchy Techno.
Excitement for Saturday was rabid. Donato Dozzy to start at 10:00 meant all were out early and carried this excitement throughout the day. Knowing exactly where you were going to be and when meant that a lot of the joy I take from wandering off unknowingly at a festival was non-existent. But that was cured by the numerous conversations you had when sitting and relaxing at the stages throughout the day. The air was absent of expectation. Everybody knew they would only receive pure top quality from the acts and each person was as willing to converse and share with the next. Even with me and my entourage’s lack of Italian, we communicated with most in broken English, smiles and a shimmy. Suzanne Ciani, Mala and Ron Morelli were highlights of the beautiful Saturday of Terraforma.
As the final day wore in no disappointment was in sight. Terraforma gave everyone more than they wanted therefore blithe were all. When Andrew Weatherall took to stage I had just recovered my phone from lost property and elation had taken over. I admired the craftsmanship which had gone into the completely wooden festival that was as aesthetically sensational as the audio, I had just saved hundreds of pounds by being reconnected with my phone, and Mr Weatherhall was cranking out the party. A surprise - but heavily rumoured throughout the day - set by Donato Dozzy to close the festival brought everyone to the sane climactic jubilation and so ended Terraforma.
It’s a festival based on more than just music and fun. As they say on the website “Terraforming is the theoretical process in which life on a planet becomes possible through the creation of an atmosphere.” They aim to “ breed a new concept of listening, to encompass everything that music expresses and reveals” and achieved that. An organic nature was created and blossomed in all the Terraformers who were there. I can only sit in anticipation for next years edition as I dream of being in those surroundings again.
Words: Tai Kolade