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The spectacular Comunité festival lit up Tulum

It’s a jungle out there

  • Words: Duncan Dick | Photography: Billie Danger & Aleks Ol
  • 17 February 2017
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At times, in fact, it seems like the first half of the DJ line-up are a little overawed by their surroundings, preferring to maintain a deep vibe rather than really go for it – though perhaps they’re just conscious that with a party that looks set to peak at sunrise and no taxi rank less than a few hours’ walk away, the crowd are in it for the long haul. A couple of hours past midnight, though, Thomas Melchior and Fred P start to really commit, lifting the tempo with a Perlonesque mix of techno tools and vocal sample-heavy house respectively. Omar S arrives on the main stage at dawn to prove that the words ‘live set’ needn’t always mean laptop-based mediocrity, turning up with LA chanteuse / producer Night Jewel on live PA. The pair of them kill it, justifying the decision of the crowd to push on through any fatigue to bring in the sunrise with the grumpy Detroit legend. It’s then left to Italojohnson to set the seal on the party with a stupendous, crowd-pleasing set, Johannes opening with Roman Lindau’s ‘With My Hands’ before the trio take turns to outdo each other with a set that takes in everything from ‘Plastic Dreams’ to ‘Higher State of Consciousness’ and ‘Energy Flash’.

Legend has it that when the ships of the Spanish invaders landed on the coast near here back in the middle ages, the Mayans were so unprepared for their size that their minds refused to register what their eyes could see. Quite what they would make of the mega-resorts of Cancun is anyone’s guess. You sense, though, that the intimacy and celebration of Comunité would have made them feel quite at home. Although thankfully the only human sacrifice involved was a good night’s sleep...

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