BPM 2016 Preview: Trip With Us To The Mayan Riviera

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The hScreen Shot 2015-12-12 at 6.45.47 PMolidays have passed, New Years is just a (pretty blurry) memory and everyone is FOMOing about BPM. Just another January in the life of The Techno Tourist. As BPM connoisseurs, our experience shows that arriving in Mexico a bit before our customers to evaluate any changes from the previous year is a must. So, after a few beers at Club De La Cerveca (well, maybe more than a few), a stroll down 5th and some foraging into the lesser known parts of Playa, we can confidently conclude that this year’s BPM is going to be the first “do not miss” event of 2016.

 

With the advent of EDM and corporatization of electronic music, the scene that all of us lifers know and love has undergone dramatic change, on a macro level, over the course of the preceding years. Mergers, acquisitions and corporate takeovers have all been foreign terms to the club scene until of late. Subsequent pieces, which we will be publishing in the coming months, will further explore this phenomenon and the impact that it has had on our clubland, but for the time being, the focus is on BPM.

Our goal at The Techno Tourist is to work with, and partner with, festivals and events, which we deem to be sustainable for the long term, and which introduce new elements of intrigue and mystique along the way. An ongoing strategic analysis of the festival environment during our tenure, has constantly resulted in The BPM Festival topping our list of prime candidates which have created a sustainable business model which will last for years to come. At the same time, the festival has established the perfect balance of returning substantial value to their festivalgoers, while managing to keep prices in check for the experience provided. To someone who hasn’t graduated with a degree in finance or economics, this may make your head spin, but in layman’s terms: BPM rocks in every single way.

We touched on these general concepts in BPM: Every Techno Tourist’s January Sanctuary, but the formalization of BPM 2016 has further cemented the idea that BPM is here for the long haul. As exhibited by their incursion on the areas surrounding Playa in 2016, BPM means business, and their goal is to provide the best festivalgoer experience up and down the Yucatan Peninsula, not just within the confines of the original urban festival grounds. The exclusion of Mamita’s this year already seems to be a positive from our on the ground intelligence gathering. Word on the street (the literal streets of Playa) is that their “festival” aka: DJ Fest was a more like DJ Flop, and partygoers are eager to experience a professionally engineered festival atmosphere, better known as The BPM Festival. We look forward to seeing all of you Techno Tourists in Playa any day now, and are confident that BPM 2016 will be your most memorable BPM ever.

 

  The holidays have passed, New Years is just a (pretty blurry) memory and everyone is FOMOing about BPM. Just another January in the life of The Techno Tourist. As BPM connoisseurs, our experience shows that arriving in Mexico a bit before our customers to evaluate any changes from the previous year is a must. […]

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The BPM Festival – Phase 2

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The BPM Festival 2016
Phase 2 Artist Lineup, Showcases & Venues

January 8-17, 2016
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
#BPM2016

3, 7 and 10-day festival passes, and single event tickets are currently on sale at:  www.TheBPMFestival.com

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The BPM Festival is excited to announce the Phase 2 artist lineup, with 247 artists added, plus new showcases and venues for its 2016 edition taking place January 8-17, 2016 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

The BPM Festival is excited to host parties at select new venues for 2016. The BPM Festival’s incredible new venue The Jungle will provide extended afternoon till dawn parties where fans can expect a festival within a festival; complete with multiple stages, palapa, intimate lounges, an adjacent cenote and a food court featuring local food concession partners.

For the first time, Day parties will be hosted at the open-air Wah Wah Beach Bar and brand new Martina Beach Club, with Day parties returning to the scenic Canibal Royal — all located right along beautiful stretches of white sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Parties will also take place at the new Coralina Daylight Club in the Grand Hyatt hotel.

New for 2016, Night parties will take place Salsanera, a brand new two-room venue built for dancing all night long, and also return to two floors at La Santanera, in its open-air terrace and main room Club. Both clubs will each host two parties for the price of one. Intimate local favorite La Mezcalina will also feature a number of events. Night and select day parties will be returning to Blue Parrot, with its spacious design featuring a pool overlooking the Mayan Riviera, along with an open air restaurant, and top notch sound system. Meanwhile, Tribeca will continue to host a series of free parties showcasing up and coming talent.

Sonic Lab Audio is returning to The BPM Festival with two tractor trailers full of sound equipment heading south from the U.S. to sound engineer all the events, including a permanent installation at Blue Parrot featuring a full D&B sound system. The team led by industry veteran George Stavro, is a globally recognized, professional audio company that specializes in large scale audio production, system design, installation, and design consulting.  For more info, please go to soniclabaudio.com.

Check out The BPM Festival’s new website featuring breaking BPM news, exclusive artist podcasts, single event announcements, and more.

Follow The BPM Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for announcements on pop-up parties, special guest performances, set-times and more.

Be sure to also follow us,  The Techno Tourist for continuous live updates from the festival: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you haven’t booked you hotel or apartment, contact us immediately: info@thetechnotourist.net

  The BPM Festival 2016 Phase 2 Artist Lineup, Showcases & Venues January 8-17, 2016 Playa Del Carmen, Mexico #BPM2016 3, 7 and 10-day festival passes, and single event tickets are currently on sale at:  www.TheBPMFestival.com The BPM Festival is excited to announce the Phase 2 artist lineup, with 247 artists added, plus new showcases […]

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The BPM Festival 2016 – Phase 1

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The BPM Festival 2016
Phase 1 Artist Lineup & Showcases

January 8-17, 2016
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
#BPM2016

Announcing phase one of its artist and showcase lineup, The BPM Festival is excited to reveal the first names for its 2016 edition. Taking place January 8-17, 2016 along Mexico’s colorful Yucatán Peninsula, The BPM Festival creates an unmatched festival experience for underground dance music enthusiasts in the tropical paradise of Playa Del Carmen.

Presenting an all-encompassing roster of today’s leading artists together with the brightest emerging stars of tomorrow, The BPM Festival plays host to showcases from top record labels and underground party brands. With more than 375 artists performing at last year’s edition, The BPM Festival continues to demonstrate its prominence amidst the global festival circuit with its endless musical programming across ten days of day and night events across multiple venues.

 

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If you haven’t booked you apartment or hotel yet (villas are gone), please contact us today: info@thetechnotourist.net

 

  The BPM Festival 2016 Phase 1 Artist Lineup & Showcases January 8-17, 2016 Playa Del Carmen, Mexico #BPM2016 Announcing phase one of its artist and showcase lineup, The BPM Festival is excited to reveal the first names for its 2016 edition. Taking place January 8-17, 2016 along Mexico’s colorful Yucatán Peninsula, The BPM Festival […]

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Movement 2015: Detroit Techno Week

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movment1Sometimes, our market research is quite the pleasure. Other times, it is outright amazing. In 2011, the year we started The Techno Tourist, we made our virgin journey to Detroit after years of ranting and raving on the part of our friends. Rumor had it that here was a festival somewhere in the mid-west that held that golden combination of vibe and production quality firmly in its grasp. Like any good Techno Tourist, we immediately began making plans for our first trip to the D. Fast forward through sunrise ruckus at Old Miami, spacewalks on the plaza and general debauchery on various boats and we suddenly find ourselves in 2015, marking TT’s fifth consecutive year at Movement.

Much has transpired in the D since our first visit, but to our boundless pleasure much remains the same: The official declaration of Detroit Techno Week by the Mayor immediately rockets the vibe straight to stratospheric status; the transformation of all Detroit vehicles to mobile electronic music broadcasting units, permeating the city space with sexy grooves at obscene decibels; and the annual metamorphoses of Hart Plaza into a temple of music, drawing in pilgrims from the entire world for a week-long congregation of worship, movement and transcendence. If you think this already sounds outrageous, you’re right, and it’s great.

 

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Like every year, one is filled with awe when roaming around the birthplace of techno, where its roots grip the earth. From whence great branches stretch all across the globe, dropping bombshell tracks like luscious fruits on eager listeners. And where each Memorial Day Weekend, you’re invited to see where it was conceived, birthed, grew up, how it became itself, and where it likes to hang. Whenever you’re in Detroit for Movement, it’s as if you’re techno’s house guest for the weekend.

The Detroit aesthetic is rare and raw. A glorious mix of new and old that draws aesthetic parallels to Berlin, and in turn causes a very interesting development of cross-continental music industry projects. The electronic music scene feeds on city development flux, and it is no accident that its global strongholds are all previous bastions of industry and manufacture. No one can accuse Detroit of being short of a party friendly landscape and demeanor.

Being an urban festival, Movement also offers the excellent luxury of access to the full cityscape with all its metropolitan delights. Since our first visit to the Motor City, it has been a pleasure to observe the flow of investment capital into local industry, with venues and restaurants in particular continuing to surprise us year after year. The spirit of reinvention and entrepreneurship pulses through the city, constantly changing the manifestation of what is Detroit; it generates new possibilities for artistic expression and popular amusement, enriches countless lives both inside and outside its boundaries, and broadens the experiential possibilities for Techno Tourists.

 

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In contrast to most other urban set-ups (which are de-centralized), Movement uses the vast concrete expanse of Hart Plaza to execute a massive, multi-stage carnival of delights, all in one place. Set on prime waterfront property, with the GM Center and Detroit skyline as a backdrop, the festival remains one of the global leaders in innovation and implementation of event design, relentlessly delivering spectacular layouts and productions year after year.

At the end of the (very) long weekend, we headed home repeating the same thing we do every year – “that was the most fun we have had at Movement yet”. Like all first-class festivals, Movement is able to constantly integrate new elements with old, keeping the experience fresh for everyone. The compact design affords festivalgoers unrivaled hospitality access with all major Detroit hotels within close proximity. Interestingly, this design also causes a frequently comical concentration of festivalgoers in otherwise vanilla social situations. This year it was the turn of the USA Volleyball Open National Championship attendants and spectators to be introduced to our electronically oriented family, with ensuing hilarity reported regularly from elevators and hotel breakfasts across the general downtown area. Also, we had the opportunity to see many of our favorite artists in one of our favorite festival settings and party in a masonic temple. This was our biggest year in Detroit to date, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our customers, Movement Festival and our partners. We look forward to seeing you all next Memorial Day Weekend in the D, for Movement 2016.

E-mail us for Movement 2016 details: info@thetechnotourist.net

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Sometimes, our market research is quite the pleasure. Other times, it is outright amazing. In 2011, the year we started The Techno Tourist, we made our virgin journey to Detroit after years of ranting and raving on the part of our friends. Rumor had it that here was a festival somewhere in the mid-west that […]

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BPM: Every Techno Tourist’s January Sanctuary

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partner_color_bpmThe BPM Festival 2015, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico went down as the largest, most complex, and most innovative festival in BPM’s history. The Techno Tourist was thrilled to celebrate our 4th birthday, while ringing in 2015 with an overwhelming number of much-loved, like-minded individuals. BPM attendees want nothing less than to bless a new year with a christening of hard-danced sweat and ice-cold cocktails. This type of abundance inevitably culminates with heavenly dips into the waves of the rainbow-kissed Caribbean. …Okay, and not to mention also culminating in the savoring of fresh organic tacos, cenote diving, visits to the Mayan ruins, and more!

Flashing back to late summer 2014, the interwebs were abuzz with discussion of the “pushed back” BPM dates. In all fairness, BPM has changed the dates several times since the festival’s first appearance, so Mexico-loving PDC veterans hadn’t raised an eyebrow at the shift. As firsthand observers to the rise of BPM, we trust the reasoning of its organizers, and were anticipating that the shift would further cull the musically educated. In the end, the final dates didn’t deter a soul, with 60,000 sun-bronzed clubbers dancing up, down, and all over the town for a period of 10 days and counting. During earlier dates in the year (Playa’s New Years), the festivities play host to a large number of normies, which as we all know, are best avoided at all costs. These average Joes seep into hotels and apartments and jack up prices while oftentimes complaining about just the kind of music-drenched debauchery that clubbers are paying to enjoy in the first place. They’re also not very after-hours friendly. The new dates seemed strategically placed to perfectly avoid any clashing of intention, and the strategy paid off.

With such an influx of people and the most impressive line-up to date, Playa del Carmen was better braced than ever to accept its guests with open arms, great weather, excellent local food and ye local brew (or five) from our new favorite bar, Club De La Cerveza. Our #1 take-away from the event this year was growth. The essence of this growth is not represented only in the festival’s sheer size, but also in the city’s growing capability to facilitate revelry of all degrees in smooth conjunction with BPM’s electronic ethos.

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It’s been our privilege to attend the BPM Festival every year for over half a decade. During this time, both Playa del Carmen and Tulum have made massive transformations from underground best-kept-secrets to annual, must-go or fomo destinations for clubbers of the serious kind, planning to take their trip to the next level. And although none of us were clubbing back when Amnesia (Ibiza) was just a farmhouse, we cannot help but notice the parallels between the development of the clubbing industry on the White Island and in the Rivera Maya.

This year, BPM re-introduced one of our favorite venues, Canibal Royal, which played host to a fuego Apollonia set. Additionally, this year ushered in some upgrades to the clubbing infrastructure with massive renovations of Blue Parrot, La Santanera and Mamitas Beach Club (where Listed delivered an unforgettable party). Not only were these three venues completely re-built from the ground up, but all of the BPM venues had pleasing improvements most notable between 10 and 30.000 Hz. Nowhere was this more clearly amplified than during the ‘Smoke N’ Mirrors’ party where Maxxi Soundsystem downright abused the resident Funktion One sound system until it was crying (tears of joy) inside.

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Blue Parrot was first on our list of upgraded venues to explore. The club had undergone a few smaller renovations since our first visit in 2010, when the DJ booth was still under the (now removed) bubble. Upgrades made in the subsequent years acted more like band-aids, sufficient to cope with the clubs growing attendance, but not a perfect long-term solution. The complete renovation in 2015 was clearly designed as a “big room” setup, while still managing to include the boutique feel of the beach section in the back of the venue.

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La Santanera has been moved a few blocks from its previous location, and the new location was used as a BPM venue for the first time this year. Still keeping its multi-level theme intact, the venue now occupies the top three floors of a building on 10th street. In the unlikely event customers begin to feel down on themselves for any sins they may have committed, Jesus provides a (roughly 20 foot tall) reminder when moving between floors, or to the bathroom, that…“You are forgiven”.

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Mamita’s has always played host to the larger BPM events, and this year was no exception. A total renovation left the venue almost unrecognizable from previous years, but much more appealing to those who were looking to enjoy a traditional festival atmosphere. As the saying goes, sometimes a photo says a thousand words.

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BPM keeps things fresh for veterans with creative events that innovate outside of their normal festival line-up. The pop-up parties and special venues maintain the unique charm of being organized, but not too organized, leaving just the right amount of space for novel experiences to transpire. Most importantly, BPM opens the doors for everyone to have these unique and unforgettable adventures (rather than being invite-only); and for this, we commend them. The festival has managed to switch up the backdrop for each pop-up or unique party throughout the years, always creating new experiences. Although the Alux Cave and Club Bang are no longer part of the rotation, festivalgoers were presented with three excellent options in 2015: Las Ranitas Tulum, Zhuna’an Ha cenote and of course, a taco stand party.

Over the years, we have not only had the privilege of seeing BPM grow, but also enjoyed growing with them. This year was TT’s most successful to date, as we drew our largest and most diverse customer base yet. As the town of Playa and the festival have expanded, so has our property inventory and presence in the area. We look forward to seeing you at The BPM Festival 2016!

E-mail us today, to begin booking BPM 2016: info@thetechnotourist.net

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The BPM Festival 2015, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico went down as the largest, most complex, and most innovative festival in BPM’s history. The Techno Tourist was thrilled to celebrate our 4th birthday, while ringing in 2015 with an overwhelming number of much-loved, like-minded individuals. BPM attendees want nothing less than to bless a new […]

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