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OCASO 2020

“Be prepared to be teleported into a quantum realm of whimsicality.”360 MAGAZINE

By Vaughn Lowery × Sam Berman

At the peak of the year, music, beats and dancing brought together a crowd of 10,000 attendees to Costa Rica for 2020’s Ocaso Underground Music Festival – the world’s largest rave in the jungle. Even the leatherback turtles, howling monkeys and crocodiles were head bobbing.

The Ocaso Underground Music Festival, which engaged on January 9th – 13th, united travelers, ticos and seasoned ravers alike to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, off the coast of the Pacific Ocean for five days of electronic music bliss. The jubilee was established by founder Devin Ellis in 2018; and it just culminated its fourth semester, with plans to return in January 2021, proving a successful run for one of the most emerging EDM festivals on the planet. 

What makes this carnival so sui generis, aside from a stellar bill of DJs including Maceo Plex, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, Shiba San, Seth Troxler and Artba, might just be the visually striking and lushful setting of CR. The grounds, known as the Lesenda Retreat, centers around a trilithic stage composed of metal trusses for performers, complete with a towering geometric visual screen synchronized to the music, pulsating lasers, fog machines, pyrotechnics and go-go dancers. Apart from hypnotizing technical components conjured up by architectural wizards, the surrounding landscape and warm weather provided a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy the fiesta in, enhanced by art installations sprinkled throughout, providing a truly remarkable habitat. 

Let’s talk about the sound! Imagine being at the On The Run II tour with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, state-of-the-art subwoofers and tweeters pinging throughout the venue, delivering clean and crisp vibrant instrumentation. Of course, this added fan excitement to every set.

Viewers were able to use tokens for transportation, food and drinks, providing added security from petty theft and loose cash. Overall safety was key with tons of guards at every entrance alongside of roaming escorts. We all wore sparkly color-coded wristbands to identify our level of participation – GA vs VIP. Staff members wore official reflective tanks and shirts to be easily accessible.

A short 15 minute-bus drive on a vintage yellow school bus brought participants to the festivities. Guests were offered an assortment of carte du jour options to replenish their prance-exhausted bodies with a number of locally and globally known chefs preparing flatbread pizzas, gyros, keto bowls, tacos as well as protein shakes.

Saturday was the most distinctive night of the event, with people from all over the globe, dressed in their most eye-catching ensembles, echoing the avant-garde fashion of other fairs such as EDC, Ultra, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella. Ocaso brought a parade of colors infused with futuristic and organic elements blended seamlessly into garbs straight out of an alien planet, welcoming and embracing all. 

The festival wrapped with a pool party at base camp, the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas. After a five-day outer body experience of infectious dance music, a sort of culinary delights, cozy lodging options, and the beautiful backdrop of the rugged rainforested, Central America, this is one masquerade which many should add to their list. 

Missed out on the fun this year? Don’t fret, as the festival plans to return the weekend of January 7-11, 2021. Ticketing packages from this past year ranged from $19.00 to $59.00 for single day passes, a two-day Friday and Saturday pass for $89.00 and a 5-day-full-weekend pass for $119.00, a great deal for those who can’t get enough from just one night. So ravers, start planning your next vacation, because this is an experience any party animal should dive into. 

For additional information visit Ocaso Festival.

Local Guide

Besides the #RaveInTheJungle, The city of Tamarindo itself possesses a plethora of thrilling activities: ziplining, horseback rides on volcanic trails; ATV tours; surfing and dolphin-watching sailing tours.

If you are seeking additional dining/nightlife options outside of the fête, be sure to check out the following:

Pacifico Club (http://www.pacifico-costarica.com/beach-club/), Sharky’s Bar (http://sharkysbars.com/), Long Board BBQ, Chinese Food (directly across from Vista Villas) and Bamboo Sushi Club.

Just down the road was the luxurious Tamarindo Diria hotel, which features a lobby side pool/hot tub, an array of cabanas with an outside bar/dining deck as well as private beach access to make any jovial attendants experience an unforgettable rave-cation.

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Sound MANA

In March of 2020, Sound MANA, a music residency is launching on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. Created by DJ/Producer and Ableton Certified Instructor Adam Partridge (artist name: Atropolis) and his partner En Wong, a multidisciplinary educator—Sound MANA offers artists working in music a one or two-week creative retreat to work on an EP, LP, album or sound and visual project. 

Each month, Sound MANA will host up to seven artists who are accepted to the program through an application process. Daily lectures, studio-hours, feedback sessions and workshops are hosted in a cliff-side palapa overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Artists in residency are also given the opportunity to experiment with field recording and live sampling using nature sounds captured from around Oaxaca. 

At the heart of this unique program is the artist’s need to connect. Sound MANA recognizes the healing power therein, of seeking silence and truth in nature, of removing oneself from materialism and urban society.

Many producers are confined to their workstations where they produce entire bodies of work within the clicking of a mouse. DJs, singers and musicians find themselves in search for more opportunities to diversify and create original content. Sound MANA offers the artist (emerging and professional) a platform to hone in on their creative practice and develop a unique point of view through a renewed connection to nature, culture, community, technology and self. Music producers, DJs, singers, songwriters, composers, instrumentalists and sound researchers are encouraged to apply at www.soundmana.com.

PLS&TY x Sean Kingston New Track

VISIONARY DJ PLS&TY RELEASES NEW UPBEAT SINGLE “VERY SPECIAL” FT. SEAN KINGSTON

PLS&TY revolutionizes electronic dance music with “Island Pop” icon, Sean Kingston in his first single of the year.

Electronic dance music DJ and producer, PLS&TY teams up with pop-culture icon Sean Kingston for his first 2020 single, “Very Special” set to release February 7th, 2020 on all digital streaming platforms.

This track is the first of four singles included in his very first EP. It sets off his singles release chain and leads the way for the rest of his EP like a trailblazing fire. “Very Special” is an island-electro-hybrid that brings together the reminiscent vocals of Sean Kingston and the “summery vibe” mix, signature to PLS&TY.

“Very Special” circulates on the audience’s feeling of either remembering or creating very special memories. Sean Kingston’s vocals play a major role in this tropical vibe summer track that will definitely be a favorite of the year. The track is a perfect mashup of Future Bass and the island melodies that Sean Kingston never disappoints with.

PLS&TY: “I’ve simply been a fan of Sean Kingston ever since I heard “Beautiful Girls” on the radio years ago. His single “Take You There” is also one of my personal favorite records of all time. It came about via connecting over email and him enjoying the instrumental that we sent over. I see this song and EP as a true embodiment and showcasing of the PLS&TY brand as a whole — spreading ‘good vibes’ and a positive message, with a mantra rooted in ‘minding your manners’”.

Sean Kingston: “PLS&TY is a great artist and I really enjoy his feel-good music. I always do lively, happy music, and love it more than anything! It was fun to collaborate with an artist from a different genre with the same vibe and vision. This is for the fans!”

“Very Special ft Sean Kington” follows PLS&TY’s 2019 creation of an 8-minute long short film for his Run Wild / Feeling Forever double-single (collectively 20 million+ streams) that has been nominated at multiple international film festivals.

He also has had a busy festival season in 2019 of some 10 plus festivals including Shaky Beats, Breakaway, Electric Forest, EDC Vegas, and more. In this year, 2020 will see PLS&TY stepping into his own with the “Very Special EP,” amongst confirmed performances at the renowned Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and more.

Over the last year, Sean released “summer anthem” hit tracks such as “Peace of Mind” with Tory Lanez and Davido, and “How Many Times” with Afro Bros. Currently, he is busy preparing new music to be released including his EP “Made in Jamaica” in 2020. As an in-demand songwriter, Sean has also been working with stars including T.I., Wiz Khalifa, and Chris Brown.

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STREAM “ANTHEM” FT BONN

Nineteen-year-old producer Connor Bvrns has a smash of a debut single on his hands. Fittingly titled “Anthem,” it’s a forward-thinking dance production with BONN, the transcendent vocalist known for his collaborations with Avicii, Martin Garrix and Axwell & Ingrosso.
 
CONNOR BVRNS recently toured with Jauz, performing at shows in 19 different cities in the USA and Canada.

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OCASO UNDERGROUND MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW FOOD × ART EXPERIENCES AS PART OF DAILY ACTIVITIES

International Chefs and Artists to Showcase Their Talents Every Night at La Senda Resort

The Ocaso Underground Music Festival (www.OcasoFestival.com), is returning to Costa Rica for the fourth year in a row and announced today all new food and art experiences for ticket holders to enjoy every night January 9th – the 13th at the La Senda Retreat (www.LaSendaCostaRica.com), in Tamarindo, CR.  

Healthy food and lifestyles have always been pillars of the Ocaso Festival mantra, and as such a very special nightly international food experience has been added to the festivities.  Under the direction of Costa Rican Chef Pablo Bonilla – of Sikwa and Francisca and recently written about in Forbes and National Geographic, will be leading a team of chefs from Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador and the US. Each day, one international chef will be teamed up with some of Costa Rica’s best local chefs to provide a unique culinary experience each day of the festival.  A rundown of the chefs is as follows:

Guest chefs 

Ariel Millaman (Chile) 

Cesar Zapata (Colombia/USA)

Gabriela Guaimare (Venezuela/Spain)

Mauricio Barbón (El Salvador/Peru) 

Néstor Sical (Guatemala) 

Pablo Díaz (Guatemala) 

Stephanie Bonnin (Colombia/USA)

Local Chefs

Andres Sandoval (El Gallo Rojo, CR) 

Diego Hernández (Sikwa/Francisca, CR) 

Gilberto Briceño (Las Catalinas, CR) 

Hugo Gutiérrez (Cala Luna/La Senda, Mexico/CR)

María Elena Espinosa (Guaitil, CR)

In addition to the dishes of our visiting chefs, Bonilla will also be teaming up with Maikol Acuña, executive chef of Alma de Amón in San Jose, to provide a solid menu of regional street food that festival-goers can sample each day of Ocaso. 

“In keeping with the culture and mission of Ocaso, we want all of our food to be locally sourced, organic, and purchased from sustainable farms,” stated Bonilla. “Our amazing international chefs will be displaying ancestral techniques in the preparation of their dishes. In striving to show respect for their local cuisine, it is important for us to provide them with the best products available – and to us that means organic and sustainable.”

Ocaso will also be taking over the kitchen at the Best Western Vista Villas where a daily menu of healthy breakfast, lunch and smoothies will be available. 

Furthering the vision of a holistic festival will be a group of international artists from the US and Costa Rica who will share their art during live painting exhibitions at the festival grounds from 11pm-2am every night.  Featured, internationally acclaimed Artists will include Brendan Cooney, Dan Buell, Diego Fournier, Hector Gordillo, Joseph Navarro, Marjorie Meplón, Sam Flores and Telopa Treloky.

Ocaso has quickly grown into a cornerstone in the world of underground electronic music festivals and this year will present major performers including 2019 DJ Award Winner for Melodic House and Techno Maceo Plex, 2019 DJ Award Breakthrough Artist winner Artbat,  Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, and Shiba San.  Hosted on the iconic La Senda retreat grounds, festival goers will be treated to a mystical journey through Costa Rican beaches and jungles, all while experiencing an unforgettable week of transcendent music where DJ’s and fans from around the world can meld together to partake in the incredible energies of the land.

Shuttle service to La Senda will be provided from the official host hotel of the festival, Best Western Tamarindo each day starting at 5pm and will return trips will be available until 30 minutes after each night ends.  Shuttles cost one token each way. Tokens for shuttles, concessions and more can be purchased at will-call which will be located poolside at Best Western every day from 11am – 2am, as well as on-site at La Senda. With intermittent wifi at La Senda, festival runners strongly recommend purchasing tokens at the Best Western before traveling to the main event venue.  

For more information, DJ line-ups, tickets, and more visit www.OcasoFestival.com, and follow them on Instagram @OcasoFestival and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ocasofestival/. Tickets may be purchased at https://www.tixr.com/groups/ocaso/events/ocaso-underground-music-festival-16719

About Ocaso Underground Music Festival (www.OcasoFestival.com

Ocaso Festival is an underground electronic music festival in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. A destination festival, Ocaso is one of the most unique festivals in the world.  With musical areas located poolside, on the beach, and deep in the jungle, the festival promotes a single-stage experience, having only one performance at a time. Set in Tamarindo, Ocaso’s home base is a surfing paradise, known for good vibes and a bourgeoning electronic music scene.

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Ocaso Festival

OCASO UNDERGROUND MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES TALENT LINEUP AND RETURN TO COSTA RICA JANUARY 9th-13th 2020

DJ Line-Up to Feature Maceo Plex, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, Shiba San, Seth Troxler and Artbat Among Others!

The Ocaso Underground Music Festival, is set to return to Costa Rica for the fourth year in a row and announced today its long awaited powerhouse musical line-up. With featured performers to include 2019 DJ Award Winner for Melodic House and Techno Maceo Plex, 2019 DJ Award Breakthrough Artist winner Artbat, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, and Shiba San, 2020 attendance is expected to exceed the roughly 4,000 ticket holders in 2019.  The festival will be held January 9th – the 13th at the La Senda Retreat, in Tamarindo, CR.  Tickets may be purchased HERE.

Ocaso has quickly grown into a cornerstone in the world of underground electronic music festivals.  With musical areas located poolside, on the beach, and deep in the jungle, the event is one of the most unique destination music experiences in existence today.  Hosted on the iconic La Senda retreat grounds, festival goers are treated to a mystical journey through Costa Rican beaches and jungles, all while experiencing an unforgettable week of transcendent music where DJ’s and fans from around the world can meld together to partake in the incredible energies of the land.

“Our philosophy has always been based around great music, great food, and positive vibes in a setting that was literally built on physical principles specifically aimed at fostering positive energy,” stated Ocaso Underground Music Festival Founder Devin Ellis.  “As we continue to grow in our fourth year, we have built an amazing line-up of talent who will all perform on one stage.  Any performer listed on our site will be viewable to ticket holders.  We couldn’t be more excited to return to to Costa Rica and this amazing community that has treated us so well over the years.”

The 74 acre La Senda grounds, known for exuding serenity and tranquility, holds the world’s largest labyrinth that was built using a scared geometrical design aimed at boosting flows of positive energy.  The labrynth will be the site for the festivals amphitheater as well as the majority of events.  From the vibrant beauty of the forest and the extended paddock to the colorful diversity of flora and abundance of wildlife, the soothing caress of the labyrinth’s energy field and the nurturing presence of all our domestic animals, there is an unspoken energy that words cannot grasp.

For more information, DJ line-ups, tickets, and more visit www.OcasoFestival.com, and follow them on Instagram @OcasoFestival and Facebook

About Ocaso Underground Music Festival

Ocaso Festival is an underground electronic music festival in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. A destination festival, Ocaso is one of the most unique festivals in the world.  With musical areas located poolside, on the beach, and deep in the jungle, the festival promotes a single-stage experience, having only one performance at a time.  Set in Tamarindo, Ocaso’s home base is a surfing paradise, known for good vibes and a bourgeoning electronic music scene.

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Illenium – Pechanga Arena

By Michelle Pisnoy × Vaughn Lowery

On December 6, 2019, Nick Miller, best known for his stage name Illenium, played Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California as a percentage of his “Ascend” Tour. From the visuals to the operation itself, Illenium put on a life-changing show.

Walking inside the sports stadium, there was a storm of people wearing Illenium’s baseball jerseys and if they weren’t wearing it, they were standing in line about to buy one. The floor seats were packed in with fans crying and waiting for Illenium to come on stage.

Finally, Illenium came out playing his guitar, with a flaming phoenix in the background, which added to the singularity of the performance. The production of the show was incredible. The performace had everything you could ask for, and more. From the pyrotechnics aspect of the show, where you could feel the rut from the very back of the room and the multiple co2 machine blasts all brought his album to life.

It was nifty to hear him play all of his tracks from “Ascend,” plus a few oldies, which made the crowd go wild and sing even louder than before. His sets kept a pure balance of explosive drops to melodic tunes, which brought fans to tears.

The grand finale of the show was epic, with “Good Things Fall Apart” being played and confetti shooting into the crowd and onto the set. Overall, the performance was not one to overlook.

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Bilbao BBK Live

Bilbao BBK Live unveils the second wave of acts bound for the Biscayan capital in July 2020. Today’s new additions, including FKA twigs, Bomba Estéreo and Perfume Genius, will join acts including Kendrick Lamar, Bad Bunny, Pet Shop Boys, The Killers and many more from 9th to 11th July in Bilbao.
 
Avant-pop genius FKA Twigs prepares to make her Bilbao BBK Live debut. With her latest album Magdalene, Tahliah Barnett has undoubtedly secured her place as one of the greatest artists and performers of her generation and her performance is certain to be a true festival highlight.
 
Bomba Estéreo, led by Colombians Li Saumet and Simón Mejía, bring their irresistible mix of electronica, cumbia and Latin sounds to Kobetamendi. Their mesmerising live performances have become a mainstay on festival bills across Europe, the U.S. and Latin America, and anyone who has seen them on stage will understand why. This is a band that never fails to get the crowd dancing!
 
Seattle-artist Perfume Genius also stars. Since his 2010 debut, Learning, Mike Hadreas’ songs have soundtracked a myriad of television shows and films. With latest album, No Shape, achieving great success, this is sure to be one of the most anticipated festival performances.
 
Fresh from announcing a new studio album, Triángulo de Amor Bizarro are also lined up to play Bilbao BBK Live, along with Dublin band Inhalers, Australian Stella Donnelly, and leading Spanish artists La Bien Querida, María José Llergo and Xabi Bandini.
 
These new acts join a whole host of musical stars in Bilbao from 9-11 July, including Kendrick Lamar, Bad Bunny, Pet Shop Boys, The Killers, Caribou, Kelly Lee Owens, Four Tet, Supergrass,  ionalee/iamamiwohami, The Rapture, Slowthai, Whitney and many more. Here’s how the three-day festival is shaping up so far:

Thursday 9 July
KENDRICK LAMAR
CARIBOU · THE RAPTURE
ACID ARAB Live · ionalee/iamamiwohami
LA BIEN QUERIDA · PERFUME GENIUS
CHAI · ERIK URANO · STELLA DONNELLY
THE MURDER CAPITAL · XABI BANDINI

Friday 10 July
THE KILLERS
BOMBA ESTÉREO · SUPERGRASS
LEÓN BENAVENTE · TOMMY CASH · WHITNEY
CALIFATO ¾ · CARIÑO · DORA · HINDS
INHALER · KELLY LEE OWENS · OMAGO

Saturday 11 July
PET SHOP BOYS
BAD BUNNY · FKA twigs · FOUR TET
EL COLUMPIO ASESINO · SLOWTHAI
TINARIWEN · YVES TUMOR
CHICO BLANCO · KAYDY CAIN presenta SALSA DURA
MARÍA JOSÉ LLERGO · TRIÁNGULO DE AMOR BIZARRO · YANA ZAFIRO

With plenty still to be announced, this is set to be the festival’s biggest edition to date.
 
As in previous years, Bilbao BBK Live will also have a privileged location for the campsite at the top of Monte Arraiz, ideal for nature lovers who come to the festival from outside Bilbao. Tickets are on sale now at bilbaobbklive.com.

The Chemical Brothers

THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS REVEAL STUNNING REWORK OF 1999 CLASSIC “OUT OF CONTROL” FROM AUSTRALIAN ELECTRONIC PIONEERS,THE AVALANCHES
LEGENDARY ELECTRONIC DUO NOMINATED FOR THREE GRAMMY® AWARDS FOR ACCLAIMED ALBUM NO GEOGRAPHY 

Listen To “Out Of Control (The Avalanches Surrender To Love Mix)” Here.

View Visualizer Here.

Having supported The Chemical Brothers on their recent Australian tour, The Avalanches have produced a special remix tribute to the 20th anniversary of the classic album, Surrender. “Out Of Control (The Avalanches Surrender To Love Mix)” is a revelation. The Avalanches take the track on a trip towards a West Coast sunset. Along the way, they manage to tilt the claustrophobic electronic drive of the original off its axis, creating a gorgeous, pulsating drift of celestial house music in the process. Listen to “Out Of Control (The Avalanches Surrender To Love Mix)” via Astralwerks HERE.

This remix of “Out Of Control” is an edit taken from a longer Surrender-inspired piece The Avalanches created that is due for release in the future.

“Out Of Control (The Avalanches Surrender To Love Mix)” is accompanied by a brand-new screen print from original Surrender artwork designer Kate Gibb using the original film from 1999. Gibb has also helped to create a truly stunning visualizer for the track alongside graphic artist Jimmy Turrell – watch it HERE.

“Out Of Control” was the third single taken from Surrender and featured vocals by New Order’s Bernard Sumner and Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie. The deluxe reissue of Surrender – featuring hours of unreleased material and a blu-ray of the band’s Glastonbury 2000 Pyramid Stage headline set – is out now HERE.

The Avalanches latest album, Wildflower, was released to critical acclaim in 2016 via Astralwerks. Pitchfork called the album “better than just about any music ever made.” “Out Of Control” is the duo’s first official remix since 2013.

Just last week, The Chemical Brothers received three GRAMMY® Award nominations, rounding the duo’s total nomination count to a staggering 14. Their hugely acclaimed ninth album, No Geography, was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album, while single “Got To Keep On” received a nod for Best Dance Recording and the video for “We’ve Got To Try,” which was created in partnership with premiere auto racing group Formula 1, was nominated for Best Music Video. Of the clip, Rolling Stone said, “The electronic duo’s pulsating new song is intensified by its video.” The Chemical Brothers have won four GRAMMY® Awards. The 62nd GRAMMY® Awards will take place on January 26, 2020. 

Surrender 20th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue available now HERE.

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FADE THE PUBLIC

Introducing Fade The Public. The production collective emerge with the first instalment in a three-part series. The Baby One More Time cover theatrically sets up the musical tone of their production palette – haymaker basslines, point blank percussion, concise sampling and meticulous vocals.

 

Baby One More Time is set for a Friday 29th November 2019 release on all digital platforms.

For all things Fade The Public go HERE.