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Review :: Inaugural Rapture Electronic Music Festival during Miami Music Week

3/30/2017 :: Review by Maria Del Mar Trejos :: Photos courtesy Valters Bože and Maria Del Mar Trejos

Rapture Electronic Music Festival was the celebration of the launch of an alternative Miami Music Week experience that found huge success in this its inaugural year.  The location itself,  Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, (also home to the Miami regional Burning Man; the “Love Burn”) has its own spiritual effect as Rapture attendees raved on social media about the festival being among their top experiences during this past Miami Music Week.   Located only 15 minutes from the madness of ULTRA and music events taking over venues both Downtown and on South Beach, the private beach event became an invitation to disconnect from the city and dive into South Florida’s beautiful nature accompanied by the sounds of the underground.

On Thursday, March 23rd, a massive lineup of top local and international DJs took over 4 different themed stages powered by L-Acoustic Systems.  The all-day event went over 14 hours and included top-notch activities providing something for everyone to enjoy, including floating lounges; food trucks; a vendor pop-up village; body massages; Ayurveda therapy; organic juice bar and more.  Rapture delivered in a way the festival scene is improving and trending now to people who travel around the world to attend events featuring quality music, human connection and a focus on wellness and radical self-expression.

Rapture’s Main Stage, located in front of 3 domes-of-fire art installation by Incendia (dubbed the “Fire Lounge”) hosted a visual experience that followed the beats of Fur Coat, Dennis Ferrer, and Ellen Allien as the sun went down. Fire flames flicked across the domed roofs providing the perfect location to reconnect with friends and stay warm or dance to the beat of the drums.

At the Flying Circus Stage powered by Secret Garden, ceilings danced with the heavy winds and the lights reflected the raindrops falling around a circle of pure techno held down by the likes of Art Department, Audiofly, and Francesca Lombardo.  

For those who enjoyed dipping their feet in the sand, the Castaway Stage offered one of the best views of the oceanfront, including the sounds from more progressive house by Guy J and Hernan Cattaneo, Henry Saiz, Nick Warren, and more.  Local talent supported like rockstars as they always do; Kike Roldan, Atom Yard, Jason Rault, Lou Fores, Baez, Puma & Harry.  

Last but not least, the Un_MUTE Stage, hidden by mangroves provided a secluded oasis delightful to discover and the intensity of the crowd only elevated more as darkness fell.  Left with only the DJ booth lights, German artist tINI’s 2-hour set transitioned perfectly into Petre Inspires followed by Rhadoo with a minimal techno closing act.  The beat combined with darkness created a most magical vibe; dancing, surrounded by bodies of revelers deep in self expression; simply feeling the music to the core.

Personal note from the author ::

I absolutely loved the Burning-Man aesthetics of Rapture; the winds covered everyone in dust and made us cuddle in a pit of dancing bodies or run to the Incendia Domes to stay warm. The kindness of strangers was unbelievable; everyone was friendly and reciprocated to each other’s vibe.  (There was) A sense of appreciation, approval, and love – definitely a “come-as-you-are” vibe.

“Next year at Rapture? Expect to meet your next best friend!”

I personally felt identified with this crowd; the free-spirited, like-minded individuals who seek good music and “Only Good Vibes!” Other party goers carried themselves with genuine pride in their own identity as expressed through clothing, makeup, face painting, and – not the least of all – dance moves!

Rapture definitely stood up to what it says to be;  “Those in search, seeking moments of Rapture in unique environments and like minded souls conjoining as one on the dance floor…” – but it by far exceeded my expectations.

Thank you Rapture, I cannot wait for next year.  – Maria Del Mar Trejos, Contributing author for Miami Publicist.

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