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​The underground delight of Ocaso Festival in 20 photos

Costa Rica's flagship underground music festival nails its 2019 edition

  • Words: Cameron Holbrook | Photos: Ryan Valasek
  • 14 January 2019

For its third year in a row, Costa Rica's Ocaso Underground Music Festival has secured its reputation as worthwhile retreat for house and techno music enthusiasts in Central America.

Taking place between January 2 and 7, the event returned to its coastal home of Tamarindo Playa - an adventurous and picturesque surfing town replete with lush jungles and gorgeous beaches.

Bolstered by its continued local enthusiasm for the event, Ocaso Festival expresses Costa Rica’s eagerness to showcase its homegrown electronic music talents. With various showcases taking place at beach clubs and hotels around town throughout the week, Ocaso's headliners took the stage at the festival's primary location, La Senda Amphitheater - an indigenous sanctuary teeming with spiritual energy.

This year, Ocaso Festival's headliners were the mystical Crosstown Rebels founder Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, former Mixmag cover star Loco Dice, H.O.S.H. and master curator Guy Gerber. Other international talent included Gene Farris, Andreas Henneberg, Dirtybird star Sacha Robotti, Magdalena, Desert Hearts brethren Mikey Lion and Lee Reynolds, West Coast rave leader Doc Martin, Kevin Knapp and more.

Mindful of their surroundings and protective over their beautiful and lively environment, the Costa Rica's platonic relationship with nature and rousing forms of electronic music are exemplary. Once again, Ocaso Festival has show the world that Costa Rica's friendly and enthusiastic electronic music scene is on the rise.

Read our review of last year's edition of Ocaso Underground Music Festival here.

Check out 20 photos of Ocaso Festival's 2019 edition below.

[Photos by: Ryan Valasek]

Cameron is Mixmag's Jr. Editor. Follow him on Twitter here

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