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The story of the 'plastic-free' 2017 Air Festival rave on the Muslim island of Gili Air in Lombok, Indonesia

Now, with fake news, you don't have to make much up. The story of the plastic-free 2017 Air Festival rave on the strictly Muslim island of Gili Air in Lombok, Indonesia.

A NEW-AGE RAVE DRESSED UP as an eco-friendly-fuck-on-the-beach music festival crashes face on with a delicate Muslim island population.

The results are not sweet to watch.


Excerpt: Rubber-Free? Sex on the Beach and a Wet Pussy

A young white couple have sex on the beach during a plastic-free 'Air Festival' on Gili Air, Lombok

A young white couple enjoys morning sex on the beach in front of male tourists during a plastic-free 'Air Festival' New Age rave on the Muslim island of Gili Air in Lombok Province, Indonesia.

© 2017 Ubud High.


We take a morning walk along the pristine beach, past the new dive centres and manicured lawns where the dry jungle and coconut groves used to be. Two sun-bathing white men have made a little nest in the white sand, and one is pointing his camera steadily at the edge of the shallow sea.

There's a strange thrashing nearby in the water, like a fat fish fighting to be landed. We're twenty meters away now. A young white couple seems to be playing in the water, and they look kind of sweet in a tropical in-love kind of way. Ten steps closer and we can see the young man's naked, moon-white backside pounding into his girlfriend's barely submerged pelvis.

Ten meters away, and the boy finally looks up – an inane, animal-like grin taped across his face as his girlfriend grips his butt and grimaces at the empty blue sky. They disengage like street dogs and stare. Ketut starts shaking. In Indonesia, even a public display of affection like holding hands is seen as a disrespectful lack of self-discipline. It takes her two or three minutes before she can speak.

She stops, and turns to me.

– "You know, up until now, I don't think I've ever seen two fish fuck in the sea."


Hard Landings

The hot-air-balloon-themed centre-stage area at the plastic-free Air Festival 2017 on the beach in Gili Air, Lombok

The hot-air-balloon-themed centre-stage at the 'plastic-free' Air Festival 2017 on the beach in Gili Air, Lombok.

© 2017 Ubud High.


Up, Up and Away...

Fake styrofoam clouds over the main Awan (Cloud) Stage at the plastic-free Gili Air Festival in Lombok

Fake styrofoam clouds dance over the main Awan (or 'Cloud') stage at the Plastic Free 2017 Gili Air Music Festival on the beach in Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia.

© 2017 Ubud High.


The End

We take a cimodo – a horse-drawn carriage – across to the harbour with a stern-looking driver and a good-looking horse.

We sit on the jetty waiting for our fast-boat ferry to come in, and we chat with the young pier master.

We watch the well-heeled tourists follow the confused day-trippers and the divers and the torn ravers who push to the front of the queue and I say:

– "It's getting like a comic. It's nearly a cartoon."

The Pier Master shakes his head and says:

– "Nggak. Ini sudah jadi film horor."

– "No. This has already become a horror film."


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