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The Road to Envision: Meet the artists of the Lapa Stage

As the tenth annual Envision Festival nears, attendees from around the world are readying their packing lists, digging up their passports, and getting ready to make the trek to Costa Rica’s southwest corner for a long weekend of music and healing. Held yearly near the town of Uvita, Envision promises an immersive experience of talented musical acts and world-class stage performers. As a part of our Road to Envision series, Conscious Electronic will be uncovering the hidden elements of Envision in the days leading up to the festival.

The Lapa Stage is a beloved experience at Envision. Stacked with producers who favor the sounds of house, techno, and other four-on-the-floor genres, there’s always a vibrant dance party happening on the intimate side stage. A break from the much larger Luna and Sol stages, Lapa is a unity of world sounds like the rest of the festival, with a distinctly danceable vibe.

Where Luna is usually featuring bass music and the heavier end of the electronic music spectrum, and Sol is geared towards live bands and instrumentation, the Lapa stage is geared towards the groovier genres. Although the festival begins in earnest on Thursday, February 20th, there are events beginning Monday the 17th. The Lapa stage itself begins music on Wednesday the 19th for those arriving early to the festival. David Satori, from Beats Antique and Dirtwire, will be making an appearance with his expertise in a variety of genres, and legendary chillout artist Emancipator will be playing to close out the Lapa Stage’s first night.

Thursday sees sets from Traveler, a California-based progressive house artist, and Eduardo Castillo, notable ambient/acoustic dance music artist. Friday will be kicked off by DJ Dragonfly with some chilled-out akashic dance vibes, and later welcoming Gab Rhome, deep house producer extraordinaire, Jan Blomqvist of live band production fame, and renowned techno producer Javier Portilla.

Saturday will feature a funky, bouncy set by JPOD, as well as a deep house journey by Costa Rican hometown heroes Faceblind. German producer Monolink will make an appearance with his live-vocal accented productions, and the deep ambient vibes of YokoO will also be felt as the night wears on. Audiofly, a late addition to the Lapa lineup, will close out Saturday night with their established deep sound. Sunday, the final day will have sets by the multicultural dance fusion producer Manumat, as well as another Costa Rican artist, tech-house producer Oneiro. Late night on Sunday will close out with the world sounds of Lum, followed by Goldcap who will deliver similar journey-oriented vibes.

Envision’s tenth anniversary is shaping up to be better than ever. As the festival grows each year, global awareness of social and environmental issues grows with it. The multicultural, multigenre selection of artists for the Lapa Stage will provide a great way to get down and get educated on a variety of music, and we’ll be looking forward to seeing what unique offerings they all provide.