The BPM Festival is defensibly the kick-off event of the year for the entire underground electronic music industry. A globally recognized festival, The BPM Festival attracts the best underground global talent and thousands of music fans; uniting people from all over the world in ten days of hedonistic clubbing, day and night parties, tacos, cerveza and paradisiacal beaches. Despite being a global destination for dance music lovers, the festival manages to maintain its underground vibe—which is arguably what makes it such an attractive experience for so many people. The club vibe and underground concept of the festival allows for an intimate connection between the fans, artists, and their labels. Each year, you can expect to see extended sets from your favorite artists, exclusive record label showcases, and signature pop-up parties that are guaranteed to delight any fan. In essence, The BPM Festival is, above all, about the music and experience.

Summer Festival Experience with New Open Air Jungle Venue
This year, The BPM Festival experience evolved into something even bigger and better than before. The Festival added more locations than previous years and brought the party to the majestic jungle of the Rivera Maya for a series of open-air sunset to sunrise events complete with multiple stages, palapas, lounges and a pristine adjacent cenote.

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One of the event’s most-awaited showcases, Paradise by Jamie Jones, unfolded in this unbelievable outdoor venue. The jaw-dropping lineup included Joseph Capriati, Steve Lawler, Lee Foss, Bob Moses, Cassy, Matador and Richie Ahmed to name a few. Later on Steve Lawler destroyed the Jungle crowd with a powerful tech house set and didn’t miss the opportunity to demonstrate why he is such a respected and renowned artist in the electronic music industry. As if that wasn’t enough, Jamie Jones and Joseph Capriati partnered to welcome the sunrise with an exquisite B2B set combining Jones’ funky deep house style and Capriati’s techno madness. The combination of the epic lineup and completely unique location was an experience and sense of exclusivity that only the BPM festival could have offered.

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The Unofficial Festival Anthem: David Bowie
As the news of legendary artist David Bowie’s passing spread through the first week of the festival many artists responded with epic and impromptu tributes, including Danny Tenaglia. He began his set at the Blue Parrot with a remix of “Let’s Dance” that will easily be remembered as one of the unofficial anthems of this year’s event.

As an artist, David Bowie was a significantly influential figure who helped shape and diffuse electronic music around the world. To pay tribute to this, artists such as Apollonia, Soul Clap, Wolf and Lamb, Jamie Jones and Marco Carola were among the many who sprinkled their sets with Bowie’s vocals and shared a moment with the crowd to honor the music legend.

New Beach Club and Ibiza Vibes
Martina Beach club was another hot new venue at this year’s The BPM Festival. It offered a fully equipped beach club complete with caravans, lounge palapas and an impressive sound system. It managed to recreate a European atmosphere that was perfect for hosting some of the best beach parties. Marco Carola brought Music On, his Ibiza-style label, to this magnificent venue and did not disappoint. After smashing the crowd the night before at Blue Parrot along with Leon and Paco Osuna, Marco Carola blew the crowd away once more with an amazing set of his incomparable world-class sound.

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A great venue, Martina Beach also played host to the Last Night on Earth with Sasha and Nicole Moudaber. &ME started the day with a deep and soulful set that prepared us to receive the “Queen of Techno,” Nicole Moudaber. She immediately got the crowd going with her 90s-vocals-infused groovy tech house style and turned it up with dark techno grooves. We had not yet come down from the musical ecstasy she provided when the legendary Sasha took the stage; building majestic sonic landscapes that delighted the crowd.

The BPM Festival not only offers the highest quality talent in the industry but also several different superb party playground experiences. The turquoise blue Caribbean coastline, powdery white sand, and breezy palm trees composed the tropical backdrop to Lee Burridge’s “All Day I Dream” party with Oona Dahl, Rumors Mexico with Guy Gerber and Chaim.

Tacos and Techno
Spontaneity is an important ingredient in the recipe for The BPM Festival’s success. On very short notice iconic techno DJs Richie Hawtin and Dubfire took to the streets to host the now traditional pop-up party #TechnoTacos at El Fogon restaurant. In a matter of minutes the place was flooded with a crowd of fans that extended to the streets and cut off the surrounding blocks. The spontaneity and swiftness in which this happened, and the randomness of dancing at a taco shop is such a thrill that it would be hard to think of a better way to connect to the host country of such an event. It was a truly memorable experience. Technos+tacos… Is there anything better?

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When it comes to underground talent there is almost too much to choose from at The BPM Festival. Fortunately tech-savvy fans can download The BPM Festival app and plan their experience by checking line-ups and creating a list of favorites. Once downloading the app you will receive instant alerts and show suggestions so that you don’t miss a thing! But even if you do happen to miss one of your favorite artists chances are you’ll have an opportunity to catch them in action at a different event.

One of our favorite showcases this year was Bedrock in Blue Parrot. For those lucky enough to be there the show was an intimate musical experience between the artists and their fans. Leo Leal kicked off the day with melodic tunes and elegant vocals that set a calm and comfortable ambiance and Eagles & Butterflies eventually came out to raise the heat up with some bouncier beats. As the sunset approached the main attraction took the stage; John Digweed showed up to captain the decks for one of his mythical extended sets.

John Digweed is very outspoken about The BPM Festival being one of his favorite international festivals. He believes that is truly brings together the best music available and offers artists the opportunity to display their talent. This is why top labels and productions such as Music On, Saura, Drumcode, Tronic, Mix Mag, Tool Room, Mobile, Bedrock, and Enter are amongst some of the big names present every year making this musical haven possible.

If you are a die-hard electronic music fan The BPM Festival is not to be missed. Come 2017 we know what we’ll be planning our entire year around. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of The BPM Festival next year and prepare yourself for a slice of paradise, delicious tacos, and some of the best underground electronic music the industry has to offer.

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