Guanacaste is a tropical paradise with pristine shorelines, breathtaking mountain ranges, filled with volcanoes. One of the most popular provinces in Costa Rica hosted this year one of the biggest electronic music events, Ocaso Festival.
With only 51.100 km2, Costa Rica represents 6% of de biodiversity in the world, making it the best location for tourists and locals to enjoy everything the country has to offer.
In Costa Rica, they take pride in their local production and preservation of the green areas. The Ocaso team, as they do every year, organizes multiple beach clean-ups in which festival attendees and Guanacaste locals get together to pick up trash and contribute to the recycling process of the area.
Emphasizing always, in the importance of a green and Pura Vida life!
Devin Ellis started the planning of the project back in 2015 while visiting Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. A few years later, the first Ocaso Festival edition was launched back in January 2017. After visiting multiple countries in Central and South America, he immediately fell in love with Playa Tamarindo beautiful sunsets, giving full purpose to the name of the festival, Ocaso. This beach is recognized by Costa Ricans and tourists for the magic and breathtaking feeling you get while staring at the sunset.
This year, from January 6 – 11th the Guanacaste province was filled with tons of energy and thousands of music lovers who travelled a long way to attend the festival. With three different locations in Playa Tamarindo for each day, afternoon and night parties.
Ocaso Festival had the participation of amazing dancers, live art paintings and design, spectacular venues and top-notch DJs from all over the world, ready to transform Tamarindo town into a buzz of House and Techno. Being the first legal massive event made in Costa Rica since lockdown in 2020, the event’s attendees did not miss the opportunity to demonstrate their unique rave attires throughout the festival.
For this year’s edition, the Ocaso team selected Roca Mística, El Be! And La Senda as their three main venues.
Roca Mística, a new location in Playa Tamarindo, was inaugurated on the event’s first day, January the 6th. El Be! Tamarindo Beach Club was the perfect place to dance during the sunset. Lastly, the main stage, La Senda. A venue that has had the presence of many artists and ravers throughout the years.
Characterized for always bringing the best talent, this year is no different from the others.
On January the 6th, Roca Mística hosted for the first time international DJs like EelKe Kleijn, La Fleur, Space Motion and Qrion. For the next day, Amelie Lens and Giorgia Angiuli made their long-awaited performances and proved once again, they are the queens of Techno and Dance. Sadly, Hot Since 82 was not able to perform his set at the Festival as planned but this did not stop the crowd from having the best night.
“When the crowd is too good and I cannot wait to start my set. Costa Rica is full of energy”
– Amelie Lens posted on her Instagram account moments prior to her set
Saturday, January the 8th, the most anticipated day, Ocaso’s anniversary and the only day the festival did not have a closing time. During the day, ravers started dancing to the beats of Costa Rican DJs GCC, Marcus Nordmann, Chisco Alvarado, MAF and others. After the sunset, the crowd moved to La Senda where Kamed, Worthy, Sama’ Abdulhadi and Doc Martin opened the stage for Solomun, who had an extended set until approximately, 9:00 am of the next day.
On Sunday, the first surprise of the night was receiving a special guest, Magdalena who came back to Costa Rica after her last performance at the festival back in 2019. The second surprise occurred, during Seth Troxler’s set, he had his friend, Doc Martin joining him on stage for a back2back session. On the last day, the favourites were without a doubt, Adriatique, Magit Cacoon and Colyn, giving everything they got on their closing sets, a night to remember filled with Melodic House sounds.
Every attendee of the event, national or international was required to present their personal health passport (QR code) in order to attend the festival. Due to the recent COVID 19 regulations established by the Costa Rican president on January 10th, the event organizers had the obligation to end the festival one day earlier than scheduled.