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Local Officials Cancel The BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen Following Shooting That Left Five Dead

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Cristina Torres Gómez, the Municipal President of the Business Coordinating Council of the Riviera Maya and Mayor of Solidaridad, has made the public announcement that The BPM Festival and all events of this nature are categorically canceled in the area. The news came following the murder of 5 people with 15 injured in the early hours of this morning at Blue Parrot in Playa del Carmen.

The news of the deaths of five people, four foreigners and a Mexican, at the hands of a single person who has since managed to flee, has already gone around the world, adding spotlight to the incident and, ultimately, the festival’s future.

 

Cristina Torres Gómez said, “At this moment, our general stance is not to allow BPM to perform here. It is a decision that we have to make together; we have to analyze the type of destination that we want to have, what kind of events we want to…promote and, above all, what that event entails, what the regulatory framework will be for these kinds of events.”

Maria Helena Mata Pineda, President of the Business Coordinating Council in the Riviera Maya told El Universal, “We’re asking for these kinds of events to go away. Don’t let in anymore. We don’t want BPM here anymore, or any other similar event. We don’t want it and we thank the authorities who are listening.”

The decision to remove BPM, according to Mata Pineda, is not related to any kind of drug violence. With BPM gone, local businesses will ultimately prosper.

“We want to generate jobs in a healthy environment, that healthy tourists come and leave here their currency in an atmosphere of warmth and health in which families and we can live in peace.”

According to the State Attorney General, Miguel Angel Pech Cen, initial investigations into the shooting reveal that the shooting was carried out by a person who was denied entry to the Blue Parrot nightclub for carrying a firearm.

A partial list of the injured, according to El Universal, is as follows:

“AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL
1.- Héctor Estrada Rivera, 25, of the State of Mexico. It has bullet impacts on the left shoulder. Is recovering
2.- Ateel Jacobo Chavez Luna, 26, of the State of Mexico. Has Shock Impacts on right arm. It is in recovery.
3.- Wendy Isabel Ramos Pasos, 26, of Chihuahua. It has multiple bullet impacts. She was admitted to the operating room.
4.- Geovanny Amparan Zaragoza, 30, of the State of Mexico. Bullet impacts on the eye.
5.- Isaías Montejo Sánchez. It has projectile scrap by gun in the back.
6.- Heather Parham, a 29 year old woman from the United States. It has bullet impacts on the left buttock. She was taken to ER.

AT THE PLAYA HOSPITAL
1.- Michael Angel Palenque, 32 years old. Originally from New York, United States. He has a wound in his left arm.
2.- Bria Didzo, 47, from the United States, has a wound on the right side of the waist.
3. Robert Griffin, 33, from Canada, has a wound in his left arm.
4.- Mario José Juan, 47 years old, originally from Canada. He has a wound on his right arm.
5.- Andrés Rivera, 30, from Colombia. He has two wounds on both arms.
6.- Ignacio Busto Valencia, 26, of Texas. He has two wounds on both wrists.”

Our thoughts and love go to those affected by the shooting and their loved ones.

Source: LOPEZDORIGA and Jornada

BREAKING NEWS: Shooting at The BPM Festival Closing Party, 5 Reported Deaths

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We are receiving news from the ground at The BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen that a mass shooting took place during the Elrow party tonight, part of the closing parties on the last night of the 10-day festival.

Initial reports talked of 8 dead, but the confirmed toll reported by news agencies around the world such as CNN and The Telegraph point to 5 dead. The shooting took placed at Blue Parrot with a second shooting at The Jungle also reported by some and denied by others. As these reports came in fresh The BPM Festival officially closed all parties for the night and advised everyone to stay inside.

 

We received a text from our team on the ground at 12:52am PST on the morning of Monday stating:

“Mass shooting at Blue Parrot during the El Row party. 4-6 confirmed

All BPM party got shut down

Now it’s confirmed at 8″

As the news broke out, The BPM Festival and Jackmaster tweeted about the incidents, as you can see below. Early rumors suggest that this was a cartel-related incident although nothing official has been confirmed yet.

UPDATE: Since, The BPM Festival has released the following statement:

  

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Music Monday: Listen to 6AM’s BPM Festival 2017 Live Set Playlist

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Monday blues? Some of you may be back in the office after days spent dancing on the beaches and jungle of Playa del Carmen and Tulum, while others still suffering from severe cases of FOMO that were only partially dissipated (or augmented) by the extensive coverage of The BPM Festival by be-at.tv.

Regardless of how your day is going, we decided that for this week’s edition of Music Monday we ought to provide the largest selection of BPM Festival live set recordings we can find in the form of a continuous playlist for your enjoyment. While we will be adding more sets as they get posted during the week, the current selection includes over 30 sets from Carl Cox, Chris Liebing, Art Department, The Martinez Brothers, Adriatique, Steve Lawler, Solomun and many more.

Enjoy the stream directly below. Don’t forget to show it love by liking it and sharing it on SoundCloud!

 

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The BPM Festival Announces First 100 Artists and 30 Total Showcases for 2017

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Last month The BPM Festival released the first 10 label/party showcases that will be hosting parties in Playa del Carmen this coming January.

Now, the names of the first 100 artists scheduled to perform have been announced alongside a more complete list of parties that totals 30 separate showcases. The latest 10 announced showcases include: the BPM debut of supergroup Better Lost Than Stupid composed of Davide Squillace, Martin Buttrich and Matthias Tanzmann, UK duo Dusky with their signature event Dusky Presents, Carl Cox’s authoritative underground imprint Intec, the return of party brand and record label Kaluki, Marco Bailey’s techno-focused party MATERIA, catz ‘n dogz Polish imprint Pets Recordings, Lee Foss’ out-of-this-world party series and record label Repopulate Mars, Riva Starr’s house heavy label SNATCH!, Diynamic Music chief Solomun with his famed Solomun +1 party concept, and Coyu’s cat-loving, reputable Spanish label Suara.

Commemorating the festival’s decade long rise to prominence and influential stature within the global festival circuit – Mixmag, Handlebar Films, and Bud Light Mexico present the trailer for The BPM Festival Official Documentary: Dancing in Paradise. The full length documentary film will highlight the festival’s history and meteoric rise to being one the world’s most important dance music events in the world that establishes the tone for the remainder of the year over the last decade. A Handlebar Films production directed by Kevin MacKenzie, the film features interviews and behind-the-scenes views with festival directors and staff, Rafael Castro Castro, former Playa del Carmen Mayor and the Secretario General of the Municipio of Solidaridad at the time of filming, Director of Bud Light Mexico Nicolas Mamboury, and a worldwide palette of BPM artists including Apollonia, Boris, Cassy, Chus & Ceballos, Coyu, Danny Tenaglia, Dubfire, Dusky, Ellen Allien, Gorgon City, Hector, John Digweed, Lauren Lane, Nicole Moudaber, Richie Hawtin, Robbie Akbal, Solomun, Stacey Pullen, Steve Lawler, and more as they examine the cultural connection and parallel development within this historic region and the impact the festival has had on the music scene in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and beyond. The film will premiere during The BPM Festival 2017 with a free screening for fans and exclusive screening for industry & media presented by Mixmag.

3, 7 and 10-day festival passes are on sale now while supplies last via www.thebpmfestival.com/tickets.

The BPM Festival 2017 Phase 1 Artist Lineup (in alphabetical order)

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ACID MONDAYS
ADAM PORT
ADRIAN HOUR
ADRIATIQUE
AMINE EDGE & DANCE
ANABEL ENGLUND
ANDREA OLIVA
APOLLONIA
ARDALAN
ART DEPARTMENT
BETTER LOST THAN STUPID
BILL PATRICK
BORIS
CARL COX
CARL CRAIG
CARLO LIO
CATZ ’N DOGZ
CHAIM
CHRISTIAN SMITH
CHUS & CEBALLOS
CITIZENN
COYU
DANIEL BELL
DAVIDE SQUILLACE
DENNIS CRUZ
DUBFIRE:LIVE HYBRID
DUSKY
ERICK MORILLO
FRANCESCA LOMBARDO
GORGON CITY (DJ SET)
GUTI (LIVE)
GUY GERBER
HECTOR
HOT SINCE 82
JAMIE JONES
JOEY DANIEL
JORIS VOORN
JOHN DIGWEED
KENNY LARKIN
KIDNAP KID
KOLLEKTIV TURMSTRASSE
LATMUN
LAUREN LANE
LEE BURRIDGE
LEE FOSS
LEON
LOCO DICE
LOUIE FRESCO
MAGDALENA
MARCO BAILEY
MARCO CAROLA
MARK KNIGHT
MARTIN BUTTRICH
MATHIAS KADEN
MATTHIAS TANZMANN
MICHAEL MAYER
MOON BOOTS
MY FAVORITE ROBOT
NATHAN BARATO
NEVERDOGS
NICK CURLY
NICK MONACO (LIVE)
NICOLE MOUDABER
NITIN
NO REGULAR PLAY (LIVE)
OLIVIER GIACOMOTTO
OSCAR L
PACO OSUNA
PETE TONG
PIRATE COPY
PIRUPA
PLEASUREKRAFT
RAUMAKUSTIK
RAFA BARRIOS
RICHY AHMED
ROBAG WRUHME
ROGER SANCHEZ
ROBBIE AKBAL
SETH TROXLER
SHARAM
SHINY OBJECTS
SIAN
SKREAM
SOLARDO
SOLOMUN
SOUL CLAP
STACEY PULLEN
STEVE LAWLER
STIMMING
SUPERNOVA
TECHNASIA
THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS
TIGA
TILL VON SEIN
tINI
VICTOR CALDERONE
UMEK
UNER
wAFF
WEISS
WESKA
WOLF + LAMB
YOTTO

The BPM Festival 2017 Announced Showcases (20 to date)
January 6 ANTS
January 6 Knee Deep In Sound
January 6 MATERIA
January 6 Pets Recordings
January 7 All Day I Dream
January 7 Mixmag presents YA’AH MUUL I
January 7 Kingdom
January 7 Better Lost Than Stupid
January 8 Suara
January 8 Music On
January 9 Music On
January 9 Keinemusik
January 9 Intec
January 9 Repopulate Mars
January 10 Diynamic in the Jungle
January 10 Transmit vs Tronic
January 10 Dusky Presents
January 10 Kaluki
January 11 Apollonia All Day Long
January 11 SNATCH!
January 12 Paradise
January 12 Stereo Productions
January 12 [a:rpia:r]
January 13 SCI+TEC
January 13 Warriors
January 13 Octopus Recordings
January 13 Solomun + 1
January 14 Nicole Moudaber presents MOOD
January 14 RUMORS
January 14 Vatos Locos
January 14 YA’AH MUUL II
January 15 elrow
+ Many more to be announced!
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The BPM Festival Announces First 10 Showcases for 2017

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Despite temperatures now dropping, the wait for this coming January’s BPM Festival is building with great anticipation. The tenth anniversary celebration promises to be the biggest production of the festival yet — an event that has grown exponentially over the past decade from 5,000 attendees and 30 artists in 2008 to over 70,000 attendees and 430 artists in 2016.

This year the BPM Festival’s 3-day opening weekend will take place January 6-8, 2017 and the 3-day closing weekend on January 13-15, 2017. 7-day passes will be valid for January 9-15, 2017 and of course the entire 10-day festival pass will also be an option once tickets go on sale Thursday, October 20 at 11am PDT / 1pm EST / 2pm EDT /7pm BST.

BPM will also be making payment plans available for 7-day and 10-day passes. Anyone with festival passes will have entry to all BPM events during the respective date range, line bypass, guaranteed entry (subject to venue’s legal capacity) in addition to discounts at over 125 local stores and restaurants.

BPM has gone ahead and released the names of the first 10 showcases that will be featured during the 2017 edition. Naturally this first list includes globally respected music labels and iconic brands that have supported The BPM Festival throughout their journey and grown together over the years.
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Beach Vibes Festival In Tulum Cancelled

In an update on their website, Beach Vibes Festival communicated the cancellation of the event which was supposed to take place from January 27th through January 29th on a Tulum beach in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Artists on the bill included event organizers LCD Soundsystem Hot Chip, Carl Craig, DJ Harvey, The Black Madonna, and others.

In a statement posted on the festival’s website, organizers said, “The event was not coming together in the way that it was envisioned, and all parties have agreed that putting on an event that is less than 100% would be a disservice to the fans and bands alike.” They also reassured that, “Fans who purchased all-inclusive packages will be refunded in full, including related airfare expenses”

We reported back in May that Tulum city officials had decided to ban rave parties in the village so that guests can continue to enjoy their stay without being bothered by city noise such as those created by raves and parties. Although no information on specifics is known yet, the cancellation leaves us to wonder if Beach Vibes’ cancellation has anything to do with regulation roadblocks. We will update our readers when more information is made available.

Tulum Says “No” to Rave Parties

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Photo courtesy of Black Book

Riviera Maya News has reported that Tulum officials have decided to ban rave parties in the otherwise quiet fishing village. According to the news, Roberto Palazuelos Badeux, president of the Asociación de Hoteles of Tulum, has stated, “There will be no more rave parties because they bring many negative things such as a large generation of vehicular traffic. Also, such events are held all night and into the early morning, ending at 9:00 a.m. or 10 a.m.”

He went on to precise that the aim of this change is to continue creating an atmosphere in Tulum where guests can continue to enjoy their stay without being bothered by city noise such as those created by raves and parties.

The local officials have reached this consensus in liaison with local hotels, with three levels of government involved in ensuring that tourism is promoted and competitiveness is improved.

This will have a particular negative effects for those making their ways to the area during BPM Festival week. While the festival itself concentrates on doing parties in Playa del Carmen, individual labels, artists and parties have been holding their own events in nearby Tulum for several years now. The most talked about of these, Day Zero by Damian Lazarus, drew in incredible praise by industry and music fans alike as one of the best parties of the entire calendar year.

Source: Riviera Maya News

Q&A with Boris – From Airwaves to the Club with Transmissions

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“Believe in Boris” are the words iterated by many who follow the man that has been at the forefront of the New York electronic music scene since the early 90s. Head of Transmit Recordings and producer of the Transmissions broadcast which is aired all across the world, Russian native Boris resides in the top tier of artists that have shaped the club identity. Read more

Celebrate New Year’s on the Beach at Coincidance Festival

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“Beach and beats, fiesta and siesta.” Sounds like a perfectly doable motto regarding Coincidance Festival, a relatively new Caribbean music festival due to take place over New Year’s weekend from December 30 to January 2. Coincidance had a successful first edition with a turnout of four thousand strong during the 2014-2015 transition, and this year’s festival is bringing the heat with an additional day of fun and parties.  Read more

BPM Festival 2016 Phase 1 Lineup Is As Massive As It Gets

BPM-Jan10-Night-LifeDeath-BlueVenado-CP-2295-819x545In a show of enormous talent, BPM Festival has outdone itself with a Phase 1 lineup announcement today. Techno lovers galore, all the names going down the lineup prove to be absolute madness. Looks like it’s going to be a week of beach and beats with talent stretching the universes and back from Detroit techno to Ibiza dance to UK garage to West Coast Dirtybird to Chicago house. Everyone who’s going is definitely going to be a happy camper. Read more