Meet Festival makes a welcome return this year and has plenty of surprises in store as well as sets from Steve Bug, Shaun Reeves, Franky Rizardo, Danny Serrano, Andre Buljat, Sergio Parrado and many more.
It is a gathering that takes place in a beautiful location in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic with the aim of not only serving up world class sounds but also acting as a meeting point for the industry. On top of that there is a real desire to help develop the local scene, make a positive impact and leave a lasting legacy all while ensuring you enjoy a range of local activities and cultures beyond the dance floor.
What is your role with meet and how did you get involved?
We own the brand together, me and my partner Jee Bear. Basically we divide all the management of the festival between the two of us. We have a very professional small work group and we are a family, we all head in one direction. On the other hand, my main task is hiring and artistic direction of Meet
What is the aim and vibe of the festival, who is it for?
The objectives have been very clear from the first edition: to promote the electronic scene on the island and make Meet a meeting point for professionals in the sector and lovers of electronic music, an annual meeting point at Easter in an incredible place as are the beaches of Punta Cana. In addition, this year we incorporated an educational part for all attendees who stay at the hotel, they will be able to enjoy a conference, artist talks, discussion tables and a master class. In this way, we can offer the attendees and the artists and labels themselves a space for open debate to make the scene grow not only in the country, but also in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Tell us about what will be new since the debut in 2019?
There are many new things that we have this year. One of the main ones is that we have reached an agreement with the 5-star Radisson Blu Boutique hotel and we are going to hold the main events on its beach (the site is incredible). We have accommodation packages for all budgets and taking into account that Easter is the highest season on the island, we are very happy we have managed to allow any clubber to be able to afford it. The simplest pack is 649usd per person 5 days 4 nights with everything included, very cheap for Punta Cana!
Another novelty is the extension of days at the festival. We have gone from 3 to 4 days if you only buy the general admissions and from 3 to 5 if you buy your pack with accommodation, those who stay with us will have one more day of partying! With this we are trying to create a community and that artists, clubbers and the festival team coexist for several days.
On an artistic level, we have also expanded the number and we will be close to 60 international and local artists. Also, as we mentioned in the previous question, we will have the educational part. Another important novelty is our website www.meetfestival.net from where you can make the reservation without the need for external companies and this always gives us a guarantee. You can book from the simple ticket, your accommodation pack, transfer to the hotel from the airport, swim with dolphins or have an adrenaline day in the middle of the jungle driving a buggie, going down a zip line or riding a horse among other things.
Talk to us about the line up and tell us your ethos around the bookings?
We mainly invite artists who have never been to the island or artists who have a close relationship with it. Our local audience is very important to us, it is the soul of the festival and we owe it all to them so we are very aware of offering them new artists. We also give a lot of prominence to local artists, it is essential for the growth of the scene. We tend to make a musical balance between various genres ranging from House through Techno to Minimal, Deep House, Tech House or Afro House, all spread over different days and in a showcase format.
How did you find the location, what made it appeal?
Well… Punta Cana is a paradise, and the festival is Dominican. What better than to play at home, between palm trees, sand and the Caribbean? We invite everyone to know our beautiful beaches, our incredible cuisine and above all to be captivated by the sweetness of its people.
What else is there apart from the music to look forward to?
As we mentioned in some previous questions, we have different activities so that people never get bored during the festival.
What advice have you got for anyone coming for the first time?
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