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Damian Lazarus' Day Zero sets the mark for a music experience in the jungle

Mystical production and an out-of-this-world line-up

  • Words: Carré Orenstein | Photos: Get Tiny, Here & Now, Tayasa Menaker
  • 15 January 2019

After a year hiatus, Damian Lazarus' beloved, mystical 18-hour party Day Zero returned to the Mexican jungle to maintain its hold and reputation as Tulum's wildest party and most sensory experience. Known for its stunning production and stellar lineups, the sold out festival isn't one to settle, instead, taking its year off to seemingly double down on raising the bar for a music festival experience can be.

With founder and mastermind Damian Lazarus behind every part of the event, first and foremost was the marathon jungle rave's stellar line-up, which featured renowned talent including Black Coffee, Four Tet, Bedouin, DJ Tennis, DJ Three, Blond:ish and more.

2019 included the addition of a second stage named The Club, an area protected by a woven canopy of trees, helping to create a one-of-a-kind, pristine audio experience. It was also home to some of the event's performance highlights, including bumping sets from Serge Devant, DJ Tennis, Blond:ish and Mayan Warrior Soundsystem.

Day Zero organizers made sustainability a major focus, with their commitment to using natural materials to create the memorable production components, and their employment of volunteers to keep the jungle clean and protected.

Aside from the natural magic of raving in the jungle, it wouldn’t be Day Zero without its distinct theatrical elements. Mayan performers weaved throughout the crowd while dancers lined the trees above while fire dancers sparked excitement with their flares and with plenty of secret spaces to explore, including hidden cenotes, natural caves, suspended outlook posts and more to discover, Day Zero lived up to its promise to create a world for those who dared to truly get lost.

From 7AM through 12PM, Damian Lazarus handled the anticipated closing set of the show, and through the journey, despite absolute euphoria as colored smoke bombs set off just after sunrise - a palpable sense of longing grew across the crowd. It seems like the magic of Day Zero 2020 is already on the mind for many.

Find more photos from the magical Day Zero below.

[Photos: Get Tiny, Here & Now, Tayasa Menaker]

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