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Ocaso Festival, Costa Rica, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

OCASO 2020

“Be prepared to be teleported into a quantum realm of whimsicality.”360 MAGAZINE

By Vaughn Lowery × Sam Berman

At the peak of the year, music, beats and dancing brought together a crowd of 10,000 attendees to Costa Rica for 2020’s Ocaso Underground Music Festival – the world’s largest rave in the jungle. Even the leatherback turtles, howling monkeys and crocodiles were head bobbing.

The Ocaso Underground Music Festival, which engaged on January 9th – 13th, united travelers, ticos and seasoned ravers alike to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, off the coast of the Pacific Ocean for five days of electronic music bliss. The jubilee was established by founder Devin Ellis in 2018; and it just culminated its fourth semester, with plans to return in January 2021, proving a successful run for one of the most emerging EDM festivals on the planet. 

What makes this carnival so sui generis, aside from a stellar bill of DJs including Maceo Plex, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, Shiba San, Seth Troxler and Artba, might just be the visually striking and lushful setting of CR. The grounds, known as the Lesenda Retreat, centers around a trilithic stage composed of metal trusses for performers, complete with a towering geometric visual screen synchronized to the music, pulsating lasers, fog machines, pyrotechnics and go-go dancers. Apart from hypnotizing technical components conjured up by architectural wizards, the surrounding landscape and warm weather provided a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy the fiesta in, enhanced by art installations sprinkled throughout, providing a truly remarkable habitat. 

Let’s talk about the sound! Imagine being at the On The Run II tour with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, state-of-the-art subwoofers and tweeters pinging throughout the venue, delivering clean and crisp vibrant instrumentation. Of course, this added fan excitement to every set.

Viewers were able to use tokens for transportation, food and drinks, providing added security from petty theft and loose cash. Overall safety was key with tons of guards at every entrance alongside of roaming escorts. We all wore sparkly color-coded wristbands to identify our level of participation – GA vs VIP. Staff members wore official reflective tanks and shirts to be easily accessible.

A short 15 minute-bus drive on a vintage yellow school bus brought participants to the festivities. Guests were offered an assortment of carte du jour options to replenish their prance-exhausted bodies with a number of locally and globally known chefs preparing flatbread pizzas, gyros, keto bowls, tacos as well as protein shakes.

Saturday was the most distinctive night of the event, with people from all over the globe, dressed in their most eye-catching ensembles, echoing the avant-garde fashion of other fairs such as EDC, Ultra, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella. Ocaso brought a parade of colors infused with futuristic and organic elements blended seamlessly into garbs straight out of an alien planet, welcoming and embracing all. 

The festival wrapped with a pool party at base camp, the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas. After a five-day outer body experience of infectious dance music, a sort of culinary delights, cozy lodging options, and the beautiful backdrop of the rugged rainforested, Central America, this is one masquerade which many should add to their list. 

Missed out on the fun this year? Don’t fret, as the festival plans to return the weekend of January 7-11, 2021. Ticketing packages from this past year ranged from $19.00 to $59.00 for single day passes, a two-day Friday and Saturday pass for $89.00 and a 5-day-full-weekend pass for $119.00, a great deal for those who can’t get enough from just one night. So ravers, start planning your next vacation, because this is an experience any party animal should dive into. 

For additional information visit Ocaso Festival.

Local Guide

Besides the #RaveInTheJungle, The city of Tamarindo itself possesses a plethora of thrilling activities: ziplining, horseback rides on volcanic trails; ATV tours; surfing and dolphin-watching sailing tours.

If you are seeking additional dining/nightlife options outside of the fête, be sure to check out the following:

Pacifico Club (http://www.pacifico-costarica.com/beach-club/), Sharky’s Bar (http://sharkysbars.com/), Long Board BBQ, Chinese Food (directly across from Vista Villas) and Bamboo Sushi Club.

Just down the road was the luxurious Tamarindo Diria hotel, which features a lobby side pool/hot tub, an array of cabanas with an outside bar/dining deck as well as private beach access to make any jovial attendants experience an unforgettable rave-cation.

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OCASO UNDERGROUND MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW FOOD × ART EXPERIENCES AS PART OF DAILY ACTIVITIES

International Chefs and Artists to Showcase Their Talents Every Night at La Senda Resort

The Ocaso Underground Music Festival (www.OcasoFestival.com), is returning to Costa Rica for the fourth year in a row and announced today all new food and art experiences for ticket holders to enjoy every night January 9th – the 13th at the La Senda Retreat (www.LaSendaCostaRica.com), in Tamarindo, CR.  

Healthy food and lifestyles have always been pillars of the Ocaso Festival mantra, and as such a very special nightly international food experience has been added to the festivities.  Under the direction of Costa Rican Chef Pablo Bonilla – of Sikwa and Francisca and recently written about in Forbes and National Geographic, will be leading a team of chefs from Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador and the US. Each day, one international chef will be teamed up with some of Costa Rica’s best local chefs to provide a unique culinary experience each day of the festival.  A rundown of the chefs is as follows:

Guest chefs 

Ariel Millaman (Chile) 

Cesar Zapata (Colombia/USA)

Gabriela Guaimare (Venezuela/Spain)

Mauricio Barbón (El Salvador/Peru) 

Néstor Sical (Guatemala) 

Pablo Díaz (Guatemala) 

Stephanie Bonnin (Colombia/USA)

Local Chefs

Andres Sandoval (El Gallo Rojo, CR) 

Diego Hernández (Sikwa/Francisca, CR) 

Gilberto Briceño (Las Catalinas, CR) 

Hugo Gutiérrez (Cala Luna/La Senda, Mexico/CR)

María Elena Espinosa (Guaitil, CR)

In addition to the dishes of our visiting chefs, Bonilla will also be teaming up with Maikol Acuña, executive chef of Alma de Amón in San Jose, to provide a solid menu of regional street food that festival-goers can sample each day of Ocaso. 

“In keeping with the culture and mission of Ocaso, we want all of our food to be locally sourced, organic, and purchased from sustainable farms,” stated Bonilla. “Our amazing international chefs will be displaying ancestral techniques in the preparation of their dishes. In striving to show respect for their local cuisine, it is important for us to provide them with the best products available – and to us that means organic and sustainable.”

Ocaso will also be taking over the kitchen at the Best Western Vista Villas where a daily menu of healthy breakfast, lunch and smoothies will be available. 

Furthering the vision of a holistic festival will be a group of international artists from the US and Costa Rica who will share their art during live painting exhibitions at the festival grounds from 11pm-2am every night.  Featured, internationally acclaimed Artists will include Brendan Cooney, Dan Buell, Diego Fournier, Hector Gordillo, Joseph Navarro, Marjorie Meplón, Sam Flores and Telopa Treloky.

Ocaso has quickly grown into a cornerstone in the world of underground electronic music festivals and this year will present major performers including 2019 DJ Award Winner for Melodic House and Techno Maceo Plex, 2019 DJ Award Breakthrough Artist winner Artbat,  Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, and Shiba San.  Hosted on the iconic La Senda retreat grounds, festival goers will be treated to a mystical journey through Costa Rican beaches and jungles, all while experiencing an unforgettable week of transcendent music where DJ’s and fans from around the world can meld together to partake in the incredible energies of the land.

Shuttle service to La Senda will be provided from the official host hotel of the festival, Best Western Tamarindo each day starting at 5pm and will return trips will be available until 30 minutes after each night ends.  Shuttles cost one token each way. Tokens for shuttles, concessions and more can be purchased at will-call which will be located poolside at Best Western every day from 11am – 2am, as well as on-site at La Senda. With intermittent wifi at La Senda, festival runners strongly recommend purchasing tokens at the Best Western before traveling to the main event venue.  

For more information, DJ line-ups, tickets, and more visit www.OcasoFestival.com, and follow them on Instagram @OcasoFestival and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ocasofestival/. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.tixr.com/groups/ocaso/events/ocaso-underground-music-festival-16719

About Ocaso Underground Music Festival (www.OcasoFestival.com

Ocaso Festival is an underground electronic music festival in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. A destination festival, Ocaso is one of the most unique festivals in the world.  With musical areas located poolside, on the beach, and deep in the jungle, the festival promotes a single-stage experience, having only one performance at a time. Set in Tamarindo, Ocaso’s home base is a surfing paradise, known for good vibes and a bourgeoning electronic music scene.

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OCASO UNDERGROUND MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES TALENT LINEUP AND RETURN TO COSTA RICA JANUARY 9th-13th 2020

DJ Line-Up to Feature Maceo Plex, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, Shiba San, Seth Troxler and Artbat Among Others!

The Ocaso Underground Music Festival, is set to return to Costa Rica for the fourth year in a row and announced today its long awaited powerhouse musical line-up. With featured performers to include 2019 DJ Award Winner for Melodic House and Techno Maceo Plex, 2019 DJ Award Breakthrough Artist winner Artbat, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, and Shiba San, 2020 attendance is expected to exceed the roughly 4,000 ticket holders in 2019.  The festival will be held January 9th – the 13th at the La Senda Retreat, in Tamarindo, CR.  Tickets may be purchased HERE.

Ocaso has quickly grown into a cornerstone in the world of underground electronic music festivals.  With musical areas located poolside, on the beach, and deep in the jungle, the event is one of the most unique destination music experiences in existence today.  Hosted on the iconic La Senda retreat grounds, festival goers are treated to a mystical journey through Costa Rican beaches and jungles, all while experiencing an unforgettable week of transcendent music where DJ’s and fans from around the world can meld together to partake in the incredible energies of the land.

“Our philosophy has always been based around great music, great food, and positive vibes in a setting that was literally built on physical principles specifically aimed at fostering positive energy,” stated Ocaso Underground Music Festival Founder Devin Ellis.  “As we continue to grow in our fourth year, we have built an amazing line-up of talent who will all perform on one stage.  Any performer listed on our site will be viewable to ticket holders.  We couldn’t be more excited to return to to Costa Rica and this amazing community that has treated us so well over the years.”

The 74 acre La Senda grounds, known for exuding serenity and tranquility, holds the world’s largest labyrinth that was built using a scared geometrical design aimed at boosting flows of positive energy.  The labrynth will be the site for the festivals amphitheater as well as the majority of events.  From the vibrant beauty of the forest and the extended paddock to the colorful diversity of flora and abundance of wildlife, the soothing caress of the labyrinth’s energy field and the nurturing presence of all our domestic animals, there is an unspoken energy that words cannot grasp.

For more information, DJ line-ups, tickets, and more visit www.OcasoFestival.com, and follow them on Instagram @OcasoFestival and Facebook

About Ocaso Underground Music Festival

Ocaso Festival is an underground electronic music festival in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. A destination festival, Ocaso is one of the most unique festivals in the world.  With musical areas located poolside, on the beach, and deep in the jungle, the festival promotes a single-stage experience, having only one performance at a time.  Set in Tamarindo, Ocaso’s home base is a surfing paradise, known for good vibes and a bourgeoning electronic music scene.