Miami's Pirate Stereo on Booking Mexico's Bahidora Festival: "Just a Magical Place"
Slap & Tickle's Pirate Stereo, AKA Eyal Agai.
Photo by Khadija Bhuiyan
"Distrito Global is a company that's run by a few close schoolmates of mine from back in the day when I grew up in Mexico City," Agai explains. "They've gotten a huge following over a period of four years and it became something where they had enough of a following that they wanted to curate a music festival."
Of course, while Pirate Stereo, AKA Eyal Agai, and the rest of Miami nightlife collective Slap & Tickle keep busy on a weekly basis by hosting parties all around their hometown, he and the crew also aren't opposed to exporting S&T's style to los Estados Unidos Mexicanos.
Working as the Bahidorá festival's programming director for his second year now, Agai helps handle about 70 to 80 percent of the bookings for the festival, which will see acts like Poliça, Classixx, Tokimonsta, and more take to the stage this February 15.
"The festival itself is just a magical place because it takes place in a resort kind of location," Agai describes about Las Estacas. "It's got a huge field and a forest and river vibe with pools and wooden bridges to cross over which add to the experience."
What lies behind the cornerstone of our generation's driving thirst for a wanderlust train of thought is a yearning for a taste of reality that coils back to the foundations of humanity. Allowing attendees to witness the entire lineup on one stage throughout a period on 18 hours in the depths of natures most preserved boundaries, Bahidorá boasts the ability to quench that thirst. The festival even encourages guests to camp out the night before so they are well rested and ready to embark on the festivities come noon the next morning.
"In terms of the festival itself, the lineup almost comes secondary to the festival experience and the people that go trust us to provide that soundtrack for the day," Agai says.
"Last year was a little under 4,000. This year we are hoping to sell it out at 5,000. We already sold a big percentage of the show without even announcing the lineup, so that's a great indicator.
"I think it's going to do well and I'm very excited for it."
Carnaval de Bahidorá. With Poliça, Classixx, Tokimonsta, Baths, Wild Belle, Matthew Dear (DJ set), Autre Ne Veut, Bomba Estéreo, Oso Leone, Kaytranada, Bob Moses, Blue Hawaii, Caloncho, and Mahmundi. Saturday, February 15. Las Estacas, Km 6 Carretera Tlaltizapan-Cuautla, 62770 Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Visit bahidora.com.
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