As we stumble into the second half of the festival, we think it best to make another 'non-rave-based' cultural excursion to clear the mind and soothe the soul. We rent a car and head off to Coba, one of the most interesting Mayan ruin sites in the Yucatan peninsula. The experience is almost as spiritual as a marathon DJ Harvey set.
Back into the madness, our first stop of the day is Apollonia's party at Canibal Royal, a venue which has already hosted Dusky, Justin Martin, Subb-an, Guy Gerber and Visionquest. The French boys are joined by fellow VIVa MUSiC outfit Livio & Roby and New York's Patrick Grooves, and as the sun sets into the evening Apollonia cap the party with a lush, bumping tech-house set that sends us off on the hunt for more vibes.
A quick jaunt across town takes us to Pete Tong's bash at Blue Parrot. On his stacked 'It's All Gone Pete Tong' line-up he had Mixmag's December cover artist and general house don MK, Oliver Dollar, Gorgon City, Kidnap Kid and Disciples. The large, beachside venue has quite a White Isle feel to it with a mixture of European and American party people.
For those of us that have been casting a keen eye over the line-up for the last few months, Jamie Jones and the Hot Creations crew all making the trip to Mexico was big news. And so Jamie was joined by Lee Foss, Patrick Topping, Richy Ahmed and wAFF – plus special appearances by Eats Everything and Steve Lawler – for this one-off incarnation of their DC-10-based Paradise parties.
The event is absolutely rammed (perhaps one of the busiest parties of the week so far), with many clubbers not even being able to get in. For the lucky ones who do, the night is what you'd expect from the Paradise crew on tour: Blistering, sweaty, messy fun until the wee small hours with the charismatic kings of grooving, soulful, trippy house.
[Photo: Events Playa, Doug Van Sant and Nathan Navarro for TheBPMFestival.com]