BK club favorite Damien Lazarus at Day Zero 2016 (Photo Credit: Here & Now, instagram: @wearehereandnow)
If you’re a fan of techno visionary Damian Lazarus, then you already know he played a three-hour set at Output earlier this month. The sound was impressive thanks to the Funktion One sound system, the vibes were chill because the club recently expanded their dance floor, and the average attendee was okay with spending $14 on a mixed well drink. I mean, come on, what did you expect? This is Brooklyn.
When you caught the Crosstown Rebels labelhead at Williamsburg’s best club, you were seeing him in an environment that was familiar. In fact, the most unusual thing that happened to us that night was scoring an Uber home for less than $20 (NOICE). New York attracts artists from all over the world, but in terms of atmosphere, what you see is typically what you get. It takes an adventurous spirit and an open mind to venture past these convenient venues to see DJs like Lazarus in their best environment (and Billboard touting his legendary event as “the best party in the world” certainly doesn’t hurt either.)
When Lazarus isn’t making rare appearances in New York City, he’s organizing Day Zero, a 24-hour party taking place deep in the jungles of Tulum, Mexico (estimated rate for your Uber home = $59,653). This unbelievable tropical festival has become a mecca for lovers of music and the arts, and has been described as nothing short of incredible by anyone who’s had the forethought to snag a ticket before it inevitably sells out. Day Zero is so much more than a techno show. Attendees will be completely immersed in performance art, cultural traditions and global beats culminating in a truly one-of-a-kind festival experience.
You can argue that New York has it all. You can get a reliable plain slice any hour of the day. You can find a pop-up warehouse rager dedicated to late pop icon George Michael. But you’re just not going to find an international celebration of this magnitude off the L train . . . period.
The fifth installment, which is set to take place on January 13th, 2017, features a number of artists who are no strangers to the New York club scene, from Dixon who will be ringing in the new year at Manhattan’s Space to DJ Three who played the very special Taste of Dust: Urban Oasis event on Meadow Street last August. Sure, these parties are dope, but imagine experiencing these sets in legit paradise, surrounded by Cirque Du Soleil performers, fire dancers and hundreds of unticketed howler monkeys. And I’m pretty sure you didn’t have the chance to take part in any traditional Mayan ceremonies there (not positive, but again, pretty sure).
If your New Years resolution is to try new things, then here’s your chance! The event is currently sold out, but we are strong proponents of the “if there’s a will, there’s a way” mentality. Get more information about Day Zero 2017 HERE. And if partying with indigenous wildlife isn’t a selling point, maybe Here & Now‘s sensational photos from Day Zero 2016 (below) will seal the deal.