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Making the trek to a international nation for a music competition is at all times a large endeavor, and by no means fails to be fairly an expertise. Flying into a spot you’ve by no means been earlier than to attend an occasion you’ve by no means been to comes with a blended bag of emotions. There’s nerves, pleasure, intrigue, and a lot extra. Our first journey to Envision Festival in Costa Rica was really a lot greater than we had ever anticipated – in one of the simplest ways potential.
Discovering An Exceedingly Creative Event
Taking over a small coastal city named Uvita, Envision was an unbelievable endeavor with drastically extra individuals, actions, artwork, meals, distributors, and music than I assumed we’d see. The venue itself appeared to by no means finish; each time you walked down a brand new path, there was one other hammock, stage, wall of artwork, or limitless sea of festivalgoer tents. The house was the proper combination of deep within the jungle and smack dab in the course of the seaside. From dancing beneath enormous bamboo timber to swimming within the Pacific Ocean with limitless greenery within the background, Envision supplied an expertise that continued to shock and delight.
There was one thing for everybody of all ages and walks of life at Envision. The crowd was immensely numerous, with younger kids and households to younger adults, older ravers and every part in between. Yoga periods woke you up on the suitable aspect of the mattress (or tent) each morning. The seaside was stuffed with fireplace dancers, music lovers, meals distributors and a cultural hub of life and love. Workshops placed on by thought leaders introduced collectively all walks of life to debate saving the atmosphere, loving ourselves, and appreciating what the world has to supply. It was a endless playground of development and exploration.
A Musical Paradise: The Weekend of Beats
The manufacturing worth of this occasion was past spectacular, with 4 impeccably adorned, intensely detailed levels enjoying music of all genres every evening. The Luna Stage served up a heavy dose of bass music and a nonstop showcase of aerialists, fireplace dancers, breakdancers and a lot extra. The Lapa Stage gave home and techno lovers a haven for the weekend. The Village Stage showcased artists with acoustic guitars, reside bands and exquisite voices, and the Sol Stage introduced jam bands and digital artist to the forefront of the showcase. Every stage was constructed with lovely decorations that match the jungle vibe, intermittently blended with limitless lights, lasers and visuals that complemented their setup properly. Each journey to a brand new stage got here with a brand new shock, a brand new present, and beautiful sound programs to carry the beats of so many proficient artists to reside.
And, in fact, the music. It goes with out saying that this lineup introduced some heavy-hitters to the jungle, however I’d be mendacity if I stated I wasn’t impressed by every artist I used to be in a position to see. I’d discover myself locked at a stage for hours, captivated by the tales every artist instructed by way of their sound, and intrigued by the bigger storyline weaved collectively by every set because the evening went on.
Some notable highlights included Tycho’s DJ set on the Luna stage, Unders at Lapa, and the at all times beautiful dawn set from Lee Burridge on Friday. Saturday introduced an upbeat, percussion-heavy, vigorous set from Nicola Cruz adopted by an endearingly deep, tribal set by Sabo on the Lapa stage, and a few of the finest units I’ve seen at a competition but got here ahead on Sunday evening: a bass-heavy dose of Clozee, minimally lovely sounds from John Aquiviva, a panoramic journey by Viken Arman and a late evening techno endeavor from Costa Rican native Oneiro.
I walked away from Envision wanting extra, wishing it was longer, and regretting not spending each waking second in each place – if solely we might be on the dancefloor, in a yoga session, and on the seaside on the similar time. I discover it uncommon to really feel this manner with festivals anymore – so unexpectedly, fortunately stunned with the expertise. The world was really alive and stuffed with a lot pleasure at this occasion. I sit up for watching this competition proceed to develop.
Until subsequent yr, Costa Rica!