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BPM 2012 Festival Highlights and Recap

When it comes to festivals it's difficult to find aural pleasure and holiday rolled into one. That is, unless you go the BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

The fifth annual BPM Festival had it all. I found myself in the glory of the sun, riding ocean and sound waves, toes dug in the sand and a Corona in hand. An easy going vibe permeated day events as they were literally situated on the oceans doorstep. White sand, turquoise water, friendly smiling faces, state-of-the-art sound systems and world class DJ's filling time and space with bass, melody, groove and sexy mood. You would think that in order to have all of this, it must cost a bit, but this is not the case. Flights into Cancun and staying at a hostel made it quite reasonable. The day events were free; all you had to do is walk to the beach and you'd find some of the best underground DJ's the world over playing for all those that gathered. You could pack a lunch, drinks and your beach gear for a full day of dance music experience. It was almost surreal how approachable and easy it was to find yourself in these conditions throughout the BPM week.

The evening events, oftentimes not ending until late the next morning, were just as special as the day events. The venues and DJ's really made this so. I became especially fond of La Santanera's large open air rooftop where I basked in comfortable weather and viewed the moon and stars whilst dancing with the worlds best DJ's. Blue Parrot was another super venue, combining the experience of beach and nightclub. Here I witnessed my favorite night set and by a living legend, Richie Hawtin (more on this to come). Naturally there were long lines at these events, but with pre-sales, you could skip the line. And if you don't want to purchase pre-sales or even pay covers, Playa Del Carmen is very well situated with hotels, bars and smaller venues where DJ's play for free. After all is said and done, there really is no excuse not go to BPM in Playa Del Carmen. So, get on the ball and be creative while planning for what is easily one of the best dance festivals in the world.


Wish I was there! Damn!