The annual The BPM Festival took place this past week in the jungle of Tamarindo, Costa Rica on the week of January 15th to 19th. Thousands of attendees from all walks of life came together to enjoy music, art, food, and everything in between. This year’s lineup comprised of over 80+ artists. Some of the headliners including Deep Dish, Luciano, Audiofly, Dubfire, Masters at Work, Chus + Ceballos, Loco Dice, Sasha, Paco Osuna, DJ Sneak, Art Department, Nicole Moudaber, Soul Clap, and many more.
The BPM Festival stands for “Bartenders, Promoters, Musicians” was created in 2008 as a post-New Year’s gathering of industry professionals and has grown to a 70,000+ global gathering of DJs, producers, revelers and industry professionals featuring over 400 DJs and 80+ events
Venue & Production
Nothing but good vibes filled the fresh air walking across the festival grounds. Carson Creek Ranch is located just minutes away from Tamarindo along the bank of the serene Colorado River.
The events were separated into day parties and night parties. The day parties went from 12 pm to 10 pm (sometimes later) and were located at multiple venues in Tamarindo. The two locations for the day parties were at Casa Aura and the Canopy in the jungle. These were some great parties that had some amazing DJs. Casa Aura was beachfront so you can listen to great music while laying out on the beach or swimming in the pristine ocean.
The nighttime events were held in the jungle canopies. They started each evening at 10 pm and would go till 6 am (some days even later). These were where the real party was. The venues hosting the night parties were at El Gatiro, and three locations in the jungle.
The jungle stages included Dream Cather, Pod, and Howling Monkey stages. It was unique any other experience wandering around the jungle of Costa Rica at night listening to some of your favorite DJs.
The stage production and set up for all the stages created an experience of transcendence and mind-freeing genuinity. The night party stages
A wide variety of food trucks lined the festival grounds anticipating hungry festival-goers. No matter what you were in the mood to eat, there was always a place to satisfy your appetite. I indulged in everything from homemade fruit smoothies to a savory chicken shawarma wrap. The food came in handy when partying for long hours.
Having access to VIP amenities at BPM had its perks. Some of the perks included express crowd entrances (great view with an ample amount of dance space), private bars and vendors, relaxing lounges, and restrooms equipped with A/C.
This year was my first time at BPM and it will not be my last. Throughout the years, I have traveled across the world attending various music festivals, and without a doubt, this festival was unlike any other event I have attended. I would not have traded this unforgettable experience for anything in the world. See you next time BPM!