Sun, Surf, and Mexico's Best Electronic Music: Scenes From NAAFI's Three-Day Beach Party

The trailblazing collective and label took over Puerto Escondido with a little help from some international friends.

by Daniel M. Torres
04 January 2017, 9:01am

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All photos by Daniel M. Torres. This post ran originally on THUMP Canada.

To ring in 2017 properly, Mexico City-based electronic label and DJ collective NAAFI threw a festival Dec. 29-31 in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, a popular Pacific Coast surfing and tourist destination.

Besides performances from NAAFI regulars Lao, Mexican Jihad, Mock The Zuma (whose 2016 LP Gauss was one of our favorite albums of the year), O.M.A.A.R, Zutzut, and others, the weekender also featured sets by international special guests, including GHE20G0TH1K ringleader Venus X, Mixpak mainstay Jubilee, and British experimental producer and rapper GAIKA.

We sent Mexico City photographer Daniel M. Torres to capture the sunset beach parties and warehouse raves of Club de Playa NYE 2017 in all of their sun, surf, and sweat-kissed glory.

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