The first ever Belize Electronic Music Weekend was a great success in many ways, with international DJ’s, happy positive people, breath taking venues and – most importantly and not often heard of here – really good audiovisual gear – equaling CRISP and well-balanced sound, and nice visuals! The weekend was three full days of new friends, great tunes, dancing and hanging out. And I can’t wait for more to come.
Belize Ocean Club welcomed us with great service, rum cocktails and a beautiful suite that David, Natasha, Luc and myself would be staying in. We headed straight to the beach and had a quick evening swim before having a nap and heading to the Maya Beach Hotel Bistro where we had a VERY good dinner, and then to the lagoon side of the hotel to check out the party. The venue was perfect. With a dock going into the lagoon, all beautifully lit up, open air, and even a little hangout place with a fireplace. We spent the night chatting away, dancing and meeting new people, and the last couple of hours until sunrise in a ring around the fireplace. The best thing about the party was undeniably the mix of people. The mix of ages, the mix of backgrounds, the mix of interests. People from the most random corners of the world, many of whom were complete hippies in their minds yet proper responsible adults in practice. People with a past, a present and a future, stories to tell and an open and welcoming mindset. We felt so much at home in the conversations it felt like it was all just a very big and well organized house party with good friends and some new exciting people. Just the way you want your electronic music party to feel, right? Perfect!
On the second day we woke up late, hung out for a while by the pool, and headed in to Placencia town for the sunset party at Tipsy Tuna. Again, we danced, chatted, and hung out. The party ended a bit earlier which was nice as we were completely dead after the night before. Sunday was a different thing. We headed straight to the pool where the pool chill sessions kicked in at noon, with the same friends, warming sun, live electronic beats and colourful cocktails – we stayed for as long as we could before having to drive back to Belize. And the weekend was complete.
A big thanks to all our new friends, and especially to Anna and Marcus Perigo from Sisimito Records who arranged the weekend, invited us, and were being great hosts throughout. On our way out from Belize Ocean Club, I spotted Anna and thanked for the weekend. “Can’t wait for next year’s party!” I said as I gave her a hug. “Oh, no no no.. you won’t have to wait that long – after this success we’ll make sure to arrange events like this more often!” she responded. Which sounds absolutely perfect. This is the beginning of an Electronic Dance Music era in Belize, and I’m VERY happy to be here just now.
Just call us and we’ll be there!
Now – enjoy the photos – and don’t miss the video!
(The following three photos were taken by Leonardo Meléndez)
(Photo above by Leonardo Meléndez)