The third edition of Epizode festival really made its mark. The paradise location welcomed world class DJs, and party people from 79 different countries. They all came to see out 2018 and see in 2019 in style in Vietnam, and left with plenty of magical memories of the sun, jungle clearings, beaches, amazing food and cultural values of the festival. Here we look back at five of the best sets the festival had to offer.

Sonja Moonear

The last few years have seen Sonja Moonear’s stock really rise. She is now right up there with minimal stars like Margaret Dygas and Ricardo Villalobos as someone who can appease the ID hungry heads as well as new, less dedicated ears. She dug deep this year, with slick house sounds and stripped back grooves really getting under our skin and powering us through.

Ricardo Villalobos

Last year, the whole crowd wore masks with Ricardo’s face on. It was a legendary moment that spread round the world on social media, so he was always going to have to come back. Of course, he did so again, and pushed himself further than ever, with his usual mix of intricate percussion and long, drawn out mixes, teasing us with big tunes and weaving in some classics that always light up the message boards afterwards. It was another masterclass.

Peggy Gou

You always know what you’re going to get with one of the biggest breakout stars of the last few years, and that is fun. Peggy Gou has a widescreen taste that calls on party starting classics, hardcore acid, dark techno, and big disco. She peppers her sets with curveballs and smile-inducing tunes, as well as plenty of her own jams, and the adoring crowd always absolutely love it.

Craig Richards b2b Seth Troxler

These two have lots of history of playing together, often at Richards’ home club of fabric. Despite being thousands of miles away, they pulled it off again in Vietnam. Often out-doing each other with sick selections, they went from playful to hard and back again, with Detroit techno, UK tech and plenty of warped bass tunes all taking us on a real trip.

ZIP

Playing early in the morning is Zip’s forte. The Perlon label boss always serves up sounds that veer from freaky and mind-bending to infectious and tech-edged. He did so again at Epizode on the new Shell Stage and had a hardcore crowd eating out of the palm of his hand. Add in the fact the sun was rising and adding a magical aura to proceedings and it’s not hard to see why this was so talked about.