Set in Crato, Portugal, Waking Life is an intimate rave that unfolds across six days in the warmth of the desert sun.

Taking place during the summer solstice, ravers are treated to long hours of sunlight and a serene setting surrounded by eucalyptus trees.

Hosted by Associação Waking Life, artistic experimentation is prioritised across the lineup of each edition. Its next chapter is set to feature a slew of regulars on the festival circuit – Ben UFO, Mala – alongside the likes of experimental project Voice Actor, Kenyan rapper Nah Eeto and benju maestro Ustad Noor Bakhsh. We’re taking notes.

Waking life Festival for the Trippin 50

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Waking Life

Date and Location

Waking Life is taking place in Crato, Portugal, on 19-24 June 2024.


The festival typically experiences warm weather in June, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 40°C. Festival-goers are advised to wear light, breathable clothing and bring sunscreen and plenty of water to stay hydrated.


Tickets are priced at €250, excluding a €10 waste deposit.


The festival offers shuttle services from major cities like Lisbon, Porto and Madrid.


Accommodation options include on-site camping, with equipped tipis available, or local Airbnbs for those seeking more traditional lodging.


Accessibility is a priority, with provisions available for attendees in different economic and social situations – including subsidised tickets for those in need.

Waking life Festival for the Trippin 50
Waking life Festival for the Trippin 50

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