The BPM Festival is starting the new decade off with a new festival location in sunny Costa Rica. From January 15-19, 2020, the event will make its debut in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, and it will feature more than 100 new DJs and live acts that have been newly confirmed. With five days and nights of musical programming that will feature top label and party brand showcases from around the world, festival-goers can look forward to over 20 showcase events throughout the coastal surfing town. BPM showcases include Crew Love, Detroit Love, Kaluki, Luciano and Friends, MOOD vs. Mindshake, SCI + TEC, Serán Bendecidos, Stereo Productions, Vatos Locos, YA’AH MUUL and more.
The festival has also announced its full lineup including Felix Da Housecat, Victor Calderone, DJ Sneak, Soul Clap, and many more. Originally created over a decade ago as a post-New Year’s gathering for industry professionals, The BPM Festival has evolved into a three or five day destination get away for those looking to immerse themselves in good music juxtaposed with a beautiful backdrop.
5-Day and 3-Day festival passes for The BPM Festival: Costa Rica are on sale here!
The Fitness & Pony are an up-and-coming house duo that has caught the eyes of some major players in the underground scene. From being discovered by Soul Clap to being showcased at Jacques Greene‘s Montreal Boiler Room event, the pair of artists have been making waves with their releases while refining their live sets. Now Crew Love Records (the collaborative imprint formed by Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb, and Double Standard Records) has embraced the duo with the release of their Pretty Muthafucka EP, along with a music video for the title track.
The EP, spanning two tracks, showcases Pony’s no-nonsense, matter-of-fact vocals over The Fitness’ deep, grooving house beats. The music video for “Pretty Muthafucka” gives a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the visual, which features the artists hanging with dancers and models in a simple yet captivating industrial space. The second track of the EP, titled “Ice Cream,” is a smooth house track with a bassline perfect for any sweaty night out. Having gained attention from underground icons early in their career, The Fitness & Pony are a duo worth keeping an eye on.
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Defected Croatia is shaping up to be one of the year’s supreme thrills. The festival hosted more than 3,000 patrons in 2017 and, if this year’s lineup is any indication, 2018 is set to be another well-attended family affair. Complete with six immersive stages set on the Adriatic Sea from Aug. 9-14, the festival’s communal atmosphere attracts house heads from all across the globe.