As we reach the final Saturday of this epic, unforgettable session, much of the chat is of Blue Venado. After the Innervisions party was shut down by the police on Thursday night, it's touch-and-go as to whether the Mixmag and No.19 Social Experiment party will be able to go ahead at the venue.
Elsewhere in Playa, Mexican National Treasure Hector brings his new Vatos Locos party to Canibal Royal with a bunch of his friends in tow. Ibiza institution Elrow throw down at Mamitas with Anja Schneider, De La Swing, Jay Lumen and John Acquaviva and the massive Relief vs Cajual jam at Blue Parrot Beach Club features both Green Velvet and Cajmere (spot the difference!), Nicole Moudaber, Route 94 and Nathan Barato.
However, the best party of the day is the BPM Takeover in Tulum Beach at the Las Ranitas resort featuring Stacey Pullen, Chaim, Kiki, Edu Imbernon and more. Tulum is a beautiful, relatively undeveloped town about 45 minutes south of Playa Del Carmen. The party in this idyllic location is suitably chilled with a smaller, clued-up crowd enjoying the change of scenery. And then, as it had been cued up, a spectacular double-rainbow that appears over the water in the late afternoon following a brief shower. Take that Innervisions 2014!
On Saturday evening, despite some heroic behind-the-scenes wrangling from the No 19 team, we hear that it is not going to be possible to hold our party at Blue Vendado for reasons we never really manage to get to the bottom of. The party is rescheduled for daytime Sunday and will be merged with the existing closing party already featuring Richy Ahmed and Lauren Lane. So a party that was already looking good just got ridiculous with Dennis Ferrer, Art Department, Brohn, Nitin, Maher Daniel, John Acquaiviva and Louie Fresco all joining the bill.
The annual closing party, now titled 'This Is The End', does not disappoint. Mamitas Beach Club is packed to capacity and the music varies from trippy warm-up sets from Nitin, John Aquaviva and Brohn, through to pumping house from Dennis Ferrer (a standout set of the whole festival) and the thunderous space techno of Art Department.
As thousands of weary but euphoric party goers cheer at the end of what turns out to one of the very best shindigs of the whole festival, thoughts turn to flights, check-out times and how we'll cope back in the real world. But, of course, not before we check out of the afterparty at Tabu...