Floating through the cool, clear, aqua-colored water of the Yautepec river while the hot golden sun is shining overhead, Mixmag finds itself at Carnaval de Bahidorá on the final day of the festival as the Common and Glastonbury crews are delivering roots dub and reggae jams. For the past three days the music has been cranking out non-stop across five stages, with standout sets from Jayda G, Kevin Saunderson, Fred P, Axel Boman, Shigeto, HVOB and more satisfying the thirst for a proper dance. Yet here, as the festival is coming to a close, it’s become apparent that this may have been one of Mexico’s best kept secrets. That being said, judging by the crowd of nearly 10,000 people, it isn’t much of a secret anymore.
Tucked away in the middle of the Mexican jungle, just over two hours outside of Mexico City, Bahidorá is quickly becoming Mexico’s premiere music festival. Now in its sixth year, it boasts an electric atmosphere surrounded by lush palm trees and greenery. This beautiful oasis is a major draw, as it is the only large-scale event to take place within the Las Estacas grounds. Yet the music, which showcases top international and local acts, delivered a raucous party from sunset to sunrise that ignited everyone's spirits.