The Paradise Festival Took Over the DR This December with Next Level EDM, Rap and Reaggaeton

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The 2-day music, arts & gastronomy festival united culture-seekers on the beautiful beaches of Cap Cana, Dominican Republic. Welcoming a selection the biggest names in electronic, pop, reaggaeton and hip-hop to the Dominican Republic, The Paradise took place from December 20-21, 2019. Taking on the new name for the first time in 2019, The Paradise exceeded all expectations and brought the party to the DR.

Currently in its fifth year, festival organizers PAV Events and CMN outdid themselves by expanding the festival to two days for the first time in its history. This was also the first year the festival went by the name The Paradise, previously being Electric Paradise. Incorporating a number of local artists & chefs, custom art installations and VIP experiences, The Paradise created an environment where for just two days, “The Dream Is Real” for over 30,000 attendees over Friday and Saturday.

Friday started off with doors opening at 4pm, to the golden sands of Juanillo Beach. Artists like CRAY, Acid Mondays, and Caleb Calloway played across the three stages of the festival – Rumors, Live and Dance. The Rumors stage was an exclusively techno stage for the whole weekend. As the night progressed, the Rumors stage saw artists like Nic Fanciuli, Guy Gerber and Jamie Jones and Dance saw Alan Walker, Alesso and Martin Garrix.

Local chefs served up Dominican specialities and delights from a wide range of restaurants and food trucks, including a special reservation only pop up from Modelo and Dominican Chef Erik Malmsten. While exploring the site, attendees immersed themselves in the custom art installations including mirrored surfaces from SOFTLab, sound and light experiences from Sub Haze, and mystic computer generated chants from Romain Tardy.

On Saturday, doors opened a bit earlier. A little bit of rain didn’t hold back the energetic crowd who enjoyed performances from Argentenian trap queen Cazzu and Puerto Rican star Jon Z and who took to the main stage as the day transitioned to night. Later in the night the Dance stage saw Tchami and a b2b Tiesto and Martin Garrix set, followed by the headliner Marshmello who closed out the night. Bad Bunny closed out the live stage with a mix of indie, rap and reaggaeton. Rumors saw Birds of Mind, Bill Patrick and Audiofly took on earlier duties and night time saw the return of Guy Gerber for his second set of the weekend followed by closing duties from Marco Carola.

PAV Events in partnership with CMN and No Limit Entertainment put on an event that will go down in history. For the first time expanding The Paradise into two days and bringing new experiences to the island, involving the top international talent, up and coming Latin artists, gastronomy, art, technology and innovation, where thousands of people joined in to live a night where their dreams became reality.

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