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Ocaso Festival, Costa Rica, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

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 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.

Polo G New Song

POLO G RELEASES NEW SONG “GO STUPID” FEATURING STUNNA 4 VEGAS & NLE CHOPPA

PRODUCED BY MIKE WILL MADE-IT AND TAY KEITH

WATCH THE MICHAEL GARCIA DIRECTED MUSIC VIDEO HERE

Hip Hop breakout Polo G has released his new single “Go Stupid” featuring Stunna 4 Vegas & NLE Choppa. The single was produced by Mike WiLL Made-It and Tay Keith.

Watch Polo’s concept visualized with the energetic music video directed by Michael Garcia HERE.

POLO CELEBRATES HIS HOMETOWN OF CHICAGO ALL STAR WEEKEND

Polo G celebrated his city of Chicago for All-Star Weekend with billboards around the city. He performed at Chance The Rapper’s celebrity basketball game which enlisted all of Chicago’s talent, popped up at local high schools and will wrap up the weekend with a special Polo G & Friends charity concert. Hosted by Audiomack and dedicated to kids fighting depression, the show will also have a special tribute to late Chi Town legend and multi-platinum star Juice WRLD. Headlined by Polo G, the bill also boasts G Herbo, Calboy, Dreezy, NLE Choppa, Tink, HappyBirthdayCalvin, Heavy Steppers, Ann Marie, and special guests. A portion of ticket sales will go to Polo G’s AAU Boys Basketball Team, Erika’s Lighthouse, and The Boys & Girls Club of Chicago. Tickets are available HERE.

Polo G’s ongoing momentum with his gold certified debut album DIE A LEGEND has landed him honorable mentions. Mentions include Billboard, UPROXX and Complex Best of 2019 year end lists. Polo G is predicted to be one of 2020’s major contenders with the highly anticipated release of his sophomore album.

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PC: Adrien Per

Polo G, Adrien Per, Go Stupid, 360 MAGAZINE

PC: Adrien Per

Kaytranada Announces Final Performance in LA

KAYTRANADA confirms a third and final show at Los Angeles’ Shrine Expo Hall on Sunday, April 26. Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 are sold out. Tickets on sale Friday, February 14 at 10:00 AM via AXS.com.


BUBBA is the highly anticipated follow up to KAYTRANADA’s breakout debut 99.9% and features Pharrell Williams, Tinashe, Kali Uchis, GoldLink, Charlotte Day Wilson, Estelle, VanJess, Masego, Mick Jenkins, SiR, and more. The album landed at #1 on the Electronic Albums chart and #3 on the R&B Albums chart upon its release and is available for vinyl pre-order on his website .
Watch “10%” featuring Kali Uchis and listen to BUBBA. Stay tuned for more from KAYTRANADA coming soon.

Kate Upton, Canada Goose, Vogue, Bare Existence, documentary, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

CANADA GOOSE × VOGUE

This past Wednesday, February 12th, Canada Goose and Vogue hosted the U.S. premiere of the eye-opening documentary Bare Existence followed by a panel discussion about the impact of climate change on the future of polar bears at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles.
 
The following panelists discussed the documentary and their combined experiences in the Arctic, having all experienced the effects of climate change there and its effect on polar bears.
·        Kate Upton, Polar Bears International (PBI) Ambassador and newest Goose Person 
·        Max Lowe, Bare Existence Director
·        Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, PBI Scientist
·        Lisa Love (Moderator), Vogue West Coast Director
 
Canada Goose has been a partner to PBI for over 10 years, having launched a capsule collection of jackets in 2007 where $50 from each jacket goes directly to the organization. Earlier this month, Canada Goose expanded its PBI collection and commitment to the organization with the launch of five new spring styles. To date, the brand has donated more than $4 million to PBI to support their research and conservation efforts.

*Photo credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Canada Goose and Vogue

HRVY, 360 MAGAZINE, Capitol Music Group

HRVY – Me Because Of You

HRVY released his new single, “Me Because Of You,” and the accompanying video. The internationally renowned, Platinum-selling pop artist recorded the song in Oslo, Norway with producer Earwulf (Jason Derulo). HRVY co-wrote “Me Because Of You” with his fans in mind, crediting them for making him the artist he is today. Download / stream “Me Because Of You” HERE

The official video was helmed by filmmaker Matthias Hoene. In a nod to Hoene’s 2016 film, The Warriors Gate,  HRVY ducks into an antique shop to avoid being mugged and finds a glowing red orb that changes the direction of his life. It opens a portal to a world that, while futuristic, also evokes the joyous sense of adventure and belonging HRVY’s global travels have brought him. View “Me Because Of You” HERE.

“I’ve never felt more connected to music that I’ve created. The last couple of years have been a huge learning curve and have helped me write much more emotive songs as I’ve actually been able to experience real life events,” says HRVY. “This song is super important to me. It came from a fan’s comment on Instagram, which is mad to say that it’s now become its own song. I remember sitting on a plane on the way back from Asia and thinking of a way to represent this new music and new me. I drew a really terrible sketch on my phone of the world that me and my music lives in.“ 

Combined streams of HRVY’s songs now exceed one billion – with more than 250,000 streams in the U.S. alone – and he has 13 million followers across his socials. “Me Because Of You” is the follow-up to  “Million Ways.” Released in November 2019, the single amassed over one million global streams in its first week and four million video views in the first four days. Hailing “Million Ways” as “a synth-laden anthem,“ Wonderland said, “HRVY is undoubtedly one to watch.” A BBC Radio 1 Brit List artist, HRVY’s 2019 collaborations included “So Good” with Danna Paola, “I Miss Myself” with NOTD, “Don’t Need Your Love” with NCT Dream and “Younger” with Jonas Blue. His 2017 viral hit, “Personal,” has attained 12 global certifications, including Gold in the U.S. He visited over 23 countries and played to over 300,000 people last year across a European headline tour, supporting slot on The Vamps U.K. arena tour and festival performances.

Billie Eilish, 360 MAGAZINE

Billie Eilish – No Time To Die

Five-time GRAMMY® Award winning Darkroom/Interscope Records artist Billie Eilish has released her latest song, No Time To Die, the official theme song to the upcoming James Bond film. The song was produced by her brother; fellow multi GRAMMY® Award winning FINNEAS alongside Stephen Lipson, with orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley, and guitar from Johnny MarrNo Time To Die comes ahead of the film’s global release, which hits theatres from April 2 in the U.K. through Universal Pictures International and in the U.S on April 10 through MGM via their United Artists Releasing banner. 18-year-old Eilish is officially the youngest artist in history to both write and record a James Bond theme song, and will be performing it live for the first time, accompanied by FINNEAS, plus special guests Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr at The Brit Awards in London on February 18.

“There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme. I am a huge fan of Billie and FINNEAS.  Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they’ve brought – a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come,” said director Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Eilish said, “It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor.  James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.”

FINNEAS adds, “writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die. We feel so so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”

Listen to No Time To Die here.

Cameron Dallas, Columbia Records, 360 MAGAZINE

Cameron Dallas – Helpless

Musician, entrepeneur and actor Cameron Dallas has released his latest single “Helpless” today via Columbia Records – listen HERE.
 
Speaking about the new music, Cameron says, “In my new music you will hear/see a darker part of me. I’ve been through a lot the past couple years through my journey of addiction and I want to share my story and help shed light to whomever I can.”
 
The new single comes alongside an official music video, watch HERE. Directed by Xavier Sotomayor, the video follows Cameron as he drives recklessly to a past love’s house to win her back as her image haunts him in the rearview mirror. Sotomayor notes that the video is a reflection of how reaching a place of rock bottom in life can be an opportunity to change for the better, so long as you have the bravery to do so.
 
“Helpless” follows Cameron’s previous release “Why Haven’t I Met You?” He also recently starred as Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls on Broadway.

360 MAGAZINE, $uicideBoy$

$uicideBoy$ – New Album

New Orleans rap duo $uicideBoy$ (comprised of $lick and Ruby Da Cherry) have shared their new album, Stop Staring At The Shadows, out today via G59 Records / Caroline.

The album follows their debut ‘I Want To Die In New Orleans’ building on their signature and genre-expanding production. The new album arrives after the duo spent time traveling the globe in support of the Grey Day arena tours, alongside label mates GERM and Night Lovell, showcasing the duo’s versatility in both sound and lyrics while emphasizing their growth as artists. 

The duo strives to create clever, thought-provoking music that continues to push boundaries, resonates with society’s outliers and remains true to their mission, which $lick says is “We make music for people who don’t know who they are, and where they belong. That’s the whole philosophy behind $uicideBoy$: nothing is ever permanent – especially life.” 

$uicideBoy$ make music that parents don’t understand and have tapped into a welcoming community of over 4M followers across social media, leading to sold-out international tours in Europe, Asia and North America, bookings on world music festivals including Lollapalooza, Rolling Loud and over 2B streams across the entire $uicideBoy$ catalog. Which is why it’s no surprise that XXL Magazine heralded them as “one of the fastest growing acts in hip-hop right now”. Catch them while on tour and stay tuned for more news to follow.

PURCHASE STOP STARING AT THE SHADOWS

Justin Bieber, 360 MAGAZINE, Kehlani, Jaden Smith, Changes Tour

JUSTIN BIEBER – CHANGES

CHANGES, the highly-anticipated new album from Grammy Award®-winning global superstar Justin Bieber, arrives today via RBMG/Def Jam Recordings, along with the official public on-sale for tickets to the Changes Tour, presented by T-Mobile with special guests Kehlani and Jaden Smith. The tour, promoted by AEG Presents, kicks off in Seattle on Thursday, May 14th. Tickets for the tour go on sale today at Noon local time at justinbiebermusic.com.

In the whirlwind campaign to the release of CHANGES, Justin has dropped two massive singles – “Intentions” feat. Quavo and “Yummy” – which have collectively racked up over half a billion global streams. Along the way, Bieber has achieved two major milestones: surpassing 62MM monthly listeners on Spotify, he becomes the #1 artist on the platform worldwide. And with his ongoing YouTube Originals docuseries “Justin Bieber: Seasons”  – and its record-breaking premiere episode views – Justin tops 50MM subscribers, giving him the #1 artist channel on YouTube.

As fans have been given an intimate look into Justin’s journey, struggles and creative process with Seasons, he has returned to the spotlight on stage and screen, with Saturday’s triumphant performances of “Intentions” and “Yummy” on SNL, and tonight’s performance with Quavo & The Roots on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Next week, Justin will take over the Late Late Show with James Corden, beginning Monday with his third installment of “Carpool Karaoke.” Justin is also slated to perform at the 2020 iHeart Awards, airing March 29th on FOX.

Over the course of his career, Bieber has amassed over 50 billion streams and over 60 million album equivalent sales worldwide. Justin’s Grammy Award®–winning 2015 album Purpose has sold over 21 million copies worldwide. The Purpose Tour sold out 64 U.S. and 52 international tour dates, thrilling fans around the world with Justin’s dynamic, must-see live performance. 

T-Mobile is the official wireless partner for the Changes Tour, and Un-carrier customers can get access to stage-front tickets at every U.S. tour stop, even the sold-out shows! T-Mobile customers can snag their Reserved Tickets starting 30 days prior to each show at first day prices – just another way the Un-carrier thanks its customers simply for being customers.