Amid shifting COVID protocols in the region, Tulum’s Day Zero festival hosted its 10-year anniversary event on Jan. 10, 2022.
The one-day party, hosted by Day Zero founder Damian Lazarus, featured sets from house and techno royalty including Black Coffee, Nina Kraviz, Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, DJ Holographic, DJ Tennis and more.
Launched in 2012 to coincide with what was then purported to be the end of the Mayan calendar, Day Zero has since been a key stop for the global dance music jet. This year’s Day Zero hosted roughly 7,000 guests who trekked into the jungle near Tulum, Mexico for the nearly 24 hour party, which launched at 4 p.m. on January 10 and wound down during mid-afternoon the following day.
This show happened as other events in the region were cancelled due to the recent COVID-19 spike, with Dead & Company cancelling their destination concerts intended to happen January 7-10 in Riviera Cancun, Mexico. The debut of the house and techno oriented Departure festival was supposed to happen on January 7 in Playa Del Carmen, before this show was canceled due to new protocols that went into effect in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo — where Tulum and Playa Del Carmen on located — from January 10-16, 2022.
Day Zero was able to move forward despite the new restrictions, organizers tell Billboard, as these restrictions involved “minimal changes in policy.” Organizers added that Day Zero’s jurisdiction as “a cultural event” meant it was unaffected by the restrictions. In order to enter Day Zero, attendees were required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within the prior 48 hours.
Here are some of the highlight moments from this jungle boogie.