Originally posted on Sounds and Colours, you can read the full review here.
Even without the music, Carnaval de Bahidorá, now in its 8th edition, might be the most beautiful festival location on earth. Set in the natural reserve of Las Estacas, two hours south of Mexico City, it’s an ideal setting for a festival, and the audience know it. They come in face-paint and meander between the snaking river, ample green spaces, hide-away stages and art installations dotted around the site. It’s immaculately decorated and infinitely Instagrammable. There’s also a lot of branding. When I go to fill up my water bottle, I’m politely asked to remove the identifying sticker. As well as 24 hour music there’s yoga and meditation sessions, film screenings and panel discussions and a scattering of massage tipis (there’s an alternative ‘Spahidora’ experience on offer).