Falling in line with a vast number of festivals set in the tropics, Costa Rica’s BPM Festival has inevitably been postponed. Disappointing? Immensely. Surprising? Not even a little. In recent days, forlorn attendees have been turned away just days before from events like Dead and Company‘s Playing In The Sand festival as well as the techno affair, Departure, and not to mention the Grammy awards being forced to cancel the in-person ceremony once again.
Initially scheduled for January 12 – 18 of this year in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, BPM was forced to postpone to an undisclosed date due to country-wide restrictions upheld until January 23, announced on January 10 based on the rising spike in the Omicron variant. “In just the first 7 days of 2022, 11,999 infections were registered, practically the same figure accumulated during the final 61 days of the previous year (that is, all of November and December), when there were 12,200 positive cases,” the Costa Rican government announced. BPM organizers wrote in a public statement,
“After more than a year of planning and looking forward to welcoming you to our 15th anniversary edition, we sympathize with your sense of disappointment and frustration and are beyond heartbroken to share this news with you,”
The event invited over 100 DJs and producers to join in, some of which included Diplo, DJ Tennis, Art Department, Audiofly, Stefano Noferini, and WhoMadeWho (live) to name a few. The tropical festival is allowing 2022 ticket holders to roll over their passes to 2023, receive a refund, or exchange their ticket for BPM merchandise available in Tamarindo.
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