The electronic music scene has exploded in the past decade with several countries hosting festivals dedicated solely to this genre. Through the efforts of Sisimito Records, Belize got to experience its first electronic festival on the weekend of Friday, January 30th. When I heard the buzz, I was most excited, and made it a priority to attend if I had to swim to Placencia, I would have.
This type of music isn’t for everyone, but to those who have become fans, electronic music invokes passion and emotions that I truly don’t have the words to explain. I fell in love with this type of music from a young age and cannot go one day without blasting my eardrums with my favorite mixes.
Within the umbrella of electronic music there are several sub-genres such as trance, dubstep, techno, house, drum and bass- and that’s just a few! Basically electro-junkies have split the scene into several more specialized categories to meet their musical needs. My personal favorite is EDM (electronic dance music) – it has more of upbeat tempo and was specially designed to be party music.
The Belize Electronic Music Weekend was held in Placencia, southern Belize, and had an amazing line-up of both local and international DJs. So I packed my bags and headed down south, where I got to stay at the luxurious Belize Ocean Club Resort- the venue for the opening event! Lucky ME! – the place is super posh and perfect for an electronic music festival! Kamasutra (the name given to the opening event) was scheduled to commence at 10PM at The Shore House at Belize Ocean Club.
While anxiously waiting for the event to start, I took time to explore my home for the night and sample some of their best offerings- meaning I was off to the beach….bar!
In front of Belize Ocean Club’s awe-inspiring pool, sits a cute beach bar that served some of the best drinks I have had. Of course I also wanted to sample the food, so I got the Burger Sliders which were very tasty.
After a couple mud slides and lots of time enjoying Placencia’s unspoiled sandy beaches, it was time for me to start getting ready!
I could hear the beats pumping as I walked up to The Shore House. It was definitely not Ultra Festival, Tomorrowland or BMP (these are some of the biggest electronic festivals in the world – they attract hundreds of thousands music lovers each year), but for being Belize’s first festival it had a great crowd.
They had transformed the area into an outdoor nightclub fit for any international-level festival.
The line-up for the night included Margot Lox from Los Angeles, Lightyearz from London, Ossy Games from Honduras, Jonny Cruz from Puerto Rico and event organizer and Belizean DJ Marcus Perigo.
The featured DJs mostly specialize in deep house and underground dance, which was perfect for the crowd in attendance. Their incredible talent kept the crowd dancing until the wee hours of the morning (I’m taking past 4AM!). I even made a couple new friends as I was pulled to the dance floor!
The weekend continued with the After Party at Tipsy Tuna Sports Bar on Saturday, January 31st with Memo Bacca from Nicaragua, Filipa Lazary of Spain, Ominous from Puerto Rico, Mar-C from Mexico and Luis Maier of Honduras entertaining the crowd. The festival closed on Sunday, February 1st with the Deep Chill Pool Party at the Belize Ocean Club with the musical stylings of Sisimito’s Sunday Session and Uwe K from Hopkins.
This was definitely an event I would not soon forget! Throughout the weekend I made new friends, fell in love with new mixes and danced till my feet hurt. I might be biases with this statement, but electronic music is best and electronic music lovers are clearly some of the must friendly, accepting and fun people out there.
Organizers Marcus Perigo and his wife Anna Perigo explained that festival has been 10 years in the making. They are both passionate electro-junkies and want to share their love for the music with the Belizean community. The event got great response and attracted visitors from as far as Europe and as close as Central America. Marcus and Anna are on the right track, and they are already planning the next festival and looking at other destinations in Belize to have another Electronic Music Festival! Perhaps San Pedro??? I will eagerly await that! My ears are ready, as are my dancing feet!
To keep posted on the Belize electronic music scene, follow Sisimito Records at www.facebook.com/sisimitorecords.
Here are a couple for shots of my weekend abode: