BERLIN’S PANORAMA BAR. Lollapalooza’s main stage set against Chicago’s skyline. The Mount Fuji Festival in Japan. In essence, they’re all musical experiences.
We usually rely on music and friends to have a good night, but a truly memorable party experience needs something else. It needs scenery.
Whoever survived the ’90s rave scene knows the feeling of stomping your feet on a dancefloor set within an amazing place. That’s the kind of experience the folks at Young Turks Records had in mind when they set up what might be the most amazing beach party ever. To celebrate a successful year for its crew, the label organized a New Year’s Eve rager at Tulum beach, on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Young Turks co-owner Caius Pawson tells Dazed magazine:
A year before we were in north London for the New Year’s Eve. It was cold and wet, and we promised never to do it again. So we organized it pretty much all on January 2, 2013. It was a collaboration between the Mexicans and us. We wouldn’t have been able to get the permits or to find the venue without local people working on it.
That’s how experimental dance music artists Four Tet, John Talabot, and FKA twigs met singer/producer Grimes and duo The xx (who’d just finished up a long world tour) for the occasion. The result was a three-day bash on one of the world’s most gorgeous beaches.