Costa Rica’s original and best electronic music festival Ocaso Festival is back and supersized from January 6 – 9th, 2023: this most idyllic gathering is a place to be spellbound by majestic sunsets, left in awe by the natural beauty of the jungle and a place to have your soul soothed by dancing around a sun-kissed landscape. This year Ocaso will host the only North American performances of Solomun and Adriatique before March 2023, with the full artist programme set to be announced next month. Secure your place at this dreamlike underground gathering now by getting your early bird tickets from https://ocasofestival.com/.
This year’s event will be the biggest yet, with all new night parties in the jungle as vines hang down and humid and lush green flora and fauna provide the backdrop. There will be sunset parties on the beach with sand between your toes and the ocean stretching out to infinity in front of you and a new purpose-built festival arena in the local town of Tamarindo.
Tamarindo is on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast and is world renowned for its beaches with strong surf, local major nesting sites for huge leatherback turtles and mangrove-lined estuary of Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge which protects animals such as howler monkeys and crocodiles. This means festival-goers can look forward to a week full of performances featuring DJs from across the world as well as some local favourites with many hours of dancing, positive community vibes and plenty of local connections to wonderful wildlife.
Musically, Ocaso strikes gold once more this year with none other than global house icon Solomun headlining and bringing with him his uniquely melodic sound. The Diynamic label head and feature of the GTA game series is now on a level of his own, and will be joined by label mates Adriatique. The full 2023 lineup will be revealed in September.
Ocaso is a “leave no trace” event. Attendees clean up the beach in Tamarindo before and after the festival every year and are constantly looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of the festival. While in Costa Rica everyone is mindful of water conservation, wildlife, and the trash they create while visiting. These things are very important to Costa Ricans, and to everyone involved with Ocaso, as is the fact that it is a safe, diverse and welcoming space for all genders, sexualities and races. Ocaso is a place where freedom of expression is embraced as a defining characteristic. Everyone is welcome, and costumes are encouraged.
There is a wealth of vibrant colour and culture to explore away from the music. The many natural wonders of Costa Rica are there to be explored as part of a group outing during the festival making this the most unmissable music-holiday experience of the year.