What first strikes you about MEET Festival the event from the cult Yet Records team, is the setting. It is a real dreamlike and luxury spot in the Caribbean that is backed in sun. It has trig palm trees, green-blue seas and perfect beaches. All in all it is the sort of Vip and luxury spot that makes any holiday special.
The hotel too – the Raddison Blu – was beyond lush with a concierge, private pool, sun loungers and all inclusive deals offering food that is locally sourced around the clock, and special cocktails that are also amazing. Everyone we met – from the happy smiling attendees to the welcoming staff and the super amenable Yet Records team – added to the whole inclusive and relaxed vibe for the whole event.
On Wednesday things were warmed up nicely with groove driven sets from the likes of Sergio Bennet. He is the A&R of YET records so brought some classy sounds that got us right in the mood. On Thursday there was a magical boat party that set sail to a remote part of Punta Cana that was a real escapist heaven. Milou and up and coming act Zetsen played a lovely party that was packed with hypnotic sounds and lush synths from the more minimal end of the spectrum.
Friday was the big one when the beach parties started with the highlight being Themba. The South Africa is the man behind there global Afro-hous smash ‘Who Is Themba?’ and is a leading light from the Afro house scene. He showed why with deep, spine tingling sounds. On Saturday Shaun Reeves warmed things through at the start with a really cool deep house set, then the highlight was Danny Serrano who performed to a packed beach of loving dancers who lapped up his every mix and Dennis Ferrer then brought some extra energy to close the night out with a real party vibe.
Sunday was closed out at the superb Clover Club with Sergio himself again stepping up to lay down a masterclass in Yet sounds and send us all home happy. In short, this is a once in a lifetime event with world class sounds and a perfect setting. We are already looking forward to 2023.