Going into their third year of Ocaso festival, the crew has taken a big step and moved beyond being just “a festival”. Three guys have done an incredible job and created a little electronic music sanctuary in one of the beautiful corners of Costa Rica.
What started as a vague idea first came to life in its first edition in 2017. Back then the festival already made some waves as people were flabbergasted by the beautiful venue, the unpretentious partygoers and strong line up serving high-quality music over the weekend. From that the festival has grown and matured, always striving to get better, and this years edition was really a celebration of everything that makes up electronic music. Freedom, love, friendship and of course the passion for music. Combined with an incredibly professional team, it is tempting to say this was already one of the highlights in 2019.
Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is beautiful. Lush jungle, beaches as long the eye can see and warm water with nice waves to surf. All the unique locations on the festival work very well with the local surroundings. The Friday and Saturday main stage “La Senda” is situated in the jungle. Here a masterfully constructed stage, with top-notch light and sound, lies close to one of the biggest labyrinths in the world that is centred around two energy fields. Here you could find some of the headliners like Damian Lazarus, Guy Gerber, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, HOSH, Doc Martin, and Kevin Knapp really showing off their skills in top sets just feeding the great vibe of the crowd.
Welcoming the guests on Wednesday and closing the festival week on Monday was done in an incredible beach venue. Again there was no saving on sound or talent, and the artists were a good mix between locals and internationals, both opening and closing the festival with a bang. Each beach party was followed by a beach clean up session involving guests, artists, and crew, really reflecting the environmental consciousness of the country and also the appreciation the people visiting had for the surroundings.
A really good pool party is rare. And Ocaso gave us two. Thursday’s event took place at Crazy Monkey Bar, a nice pool and terrace location. Decorated like a jungle cave the DJ booth had a view towards the ocean, and while dancing into the sunset to the sound of Andreas Henneberg you just had to wonder, can this get much better? Light turned to dark and was followed by other incredible artists like Nathan Barato, Mikey Lion and Lee Reynolds. You would maybe think Sunday would be a day where people are too tired to party, but in the world of Ocaso this doesn’t seem to exist. Sun and beers during the day, cocktails and massive music in the evening, where myself was playing before the talented Magdalena finished off the party with an intense set.
The festival is kind of intimate, although fairly big. Many local crews and talented artists showcase their music and are part of both organization and the lineup. This, combined with some of the biggest names in the industry is destined to give the guests a good musical experience. You are bound to meet people from all over the world that are there for the same reason as you, good music and fun under the sun. All in all, one can say it is the combination of nature, venues, people and music that makes this so extraordinary.
Photography by Ryan Valasek