May 2023

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Get ready for three days of dusty grooving at Sandbox. A techno festival-come-arabian-paradise on the Egyptian Red Sea Riviera serving up world famous DJs, scarlet sunsets and white sand beaches.

The festival

Sandbox is a rare case when the festival landscape and attendees seem to be competing for the alcalde of best looking. The techno festival is gracefully positioned on the Red Sea Riviera between sandy shores and mountainous desert terrains. You’re guaranteed good weather, balmy sea swims and mesmerising red-hot sunsets. There is a sense no expenses have been spared here, with state-of-the-art stage designs and big-name lineups. Previous years have seen floor-filling performances from Peggy Gou, Dixon, Damian Lazarus, and this year will see the likes of Moodymann, DJ Sienfeld and Jayda G take to the decks alongside a number of local and upcoming talent.

If it wasn’t for the impressive lineup, Sandbox could position itself solely as an adventure holiday with a host of heart-pumping activities on offer. Explore the waters of the Red Sea by boat, soar through Hurghada’s landscapes on desert excursions with quad buggies and jeeps or try your hand at kite-surfing, wakeboarding and snorkelling. Equally, for something less adrenaline-inducing, wellness activities like yoga, art workshops, and desert walks are scheduled throughout the festival.

In terms of accommodation there are over 17 hotels and hundreds of residences to rent in the Al Gounda area, meaning you can ditch the tent erecting turmoil and baby wipe showers. It feels very Coachella influencer to retreat to crisp sheets, plush robes and air conditioning after a day of dancing, and we dig it.

Our tip

Though tempting to flock to the big names, make sure to check out the local Egyptian DJs playing throughout the festival, they’re not to be missed.


Getting there

How do I get there?

By plane: Hurghada International Airport (HRG) is a 30-minute drive from El Gouna and welcomes international as well as domestic flights. Taxis and sixts to El Gouna are available on arrival at the airport. If you can’t find direct flights to HRG, we recommend transiting through Cairo International Airport (CAI).

By bus: El Gouna runs its own bus transport service that takes customers to and from hundreds of locations across Egypt in all the major cities.



Full Weekend Pass: £153

Two Day Pass: £130

Day Pass: £72.55

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