SuperCity: 2014 BPM Festival awaits

Dec. 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

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BY CHRISTA WITTMIER / Special to the Star-Advertiser

I hit my five year milestone at work. Five YEARS. I can get lost in time quite often in Hawaii. When it’s always sunny, your brain sort of reprograms itself and you can forget what month it is very easily. Add event planning to this and the months and years can fly right by.

These past five years went ridiculously fast, mainly because I haven’t taken a legit vacation. I usually take a week off in February to pull together POW! WOW! Hawaii, but that isn’t a vacation. All these years I was taking vacation from work to … do more work.

This trip is going to be legit. I’m going to the BPM Music Festival, way down in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico – the Mayan holy ground along the Caribbean Sea where the sand is so white it looks like sugar. This is the place you see on posters with water so blue it makes you wonder if you’re looking at something that’s actually real.

The atmosphere at the BPM Festival by night (Image Courtesy of Bennett Sell-Kline for TheBPMFestival)

The atmosphere at the BPM Festival by night. (Courtesy Bennett Sell-Kline)

The BPM Music Festival was suggested to me by a person I trust after I told them I was considering adding Burning Man to my bucket list.

“Why do you want to mess with all that dust when you can stay in a villa on the ocean and do everything in style?”

Good point.

I religiously read Elizabeth Kieszkowski’s blog and know Burning Man is so much more than dust, but the longer I go without a recharge the more all the little things eat away at my physical well-being. The second I decided to go and booked my tickets I could already see an improvement in my mood. Having something to look forward to really drives my motivation to work hard.

Vacations are not just necessary, they are critical.

So I’m going. Of all the music festivals that happen around the world, this one is better known as an industry favorite. Originally started as the music festival for music industry professionals to network, it’s where the promoters, club people, DJs, club owners and the rest of the hospitality industry disappear to rejuvenate and get re-inspired for a new year after the nutso holiday season.

A full 10 days of events doesn’t just include club events, as the organizers take full advantage of the magic of this location. There will be parties on beaches, in the jungles, among Mayan ruins — and I even heard Hawaii DJ and producer Willis Haltom (who is officially included on the 2014 lineup) is playing a secret showcase in a freaking cave!

Art Department (performing in 2013) will return to the 2014 event (Image Courtesy of Bennett Sell-Kline for TheBPMFestival)

Art Department will return for the 2014 festival. (Courtesy Bennett Sell-Kline)

Steve Aoki (also performing in Hawaii Jan. 18) just announced a show with The Knocks in Cancun for New Year’s Eve, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they all stop by the festival to relax or perform, or both.

“For me, the BPM Festival is one of the staples on the calendar I look forward to every year,” said British DJ and Grammy Award-nominated Producer Nic Fanciulli. “It’s a place after New Year’s Eve, all the DJs come together for (10 days) of parties. BPM has the best festival line-up in the word (with) quality music. It’s a lot of fun and I love coming back.”

There will be more than 200 artists performing, including my favorite, Moon Boots, and un-missable act (that I missed in Hawaii) Sasha. Adriatique, Fedde Le Grand, Skream, Boys Noize, Mark Farina, DJ Harvey, Art Department and Tanner Ross stand out from the list as well.

Seeing so many names and only recognizing maybe half I know makes me realize I still have quite a bit to learn about music, and this will be the accelerated way to do it. Music has been the most effective way to escape from stress my entire life.

If this is sounding good to you feel, free to e-mail me. We have room in our villa!

Merry Christmas, everyone.
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Christa Wittmier has chronicled Honolulu nightlife since 2004. She is senior marketing director at Young’s Market Co. of Hawaii and executive director of music for POW! WOW! Hawaii, and also helps promote the popular “Bacardi Pool Party” on Oahu. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.

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