The BPM Festival’s inaugural Brazil edition has been postponed indefinitely in the wake of last month’s massacre in Mexico.
BPM Brazil was meant to debut from April 28-May 1 with events in the beach resort towns of Praia Brava, Itajai, and Balneário Camboriú through a collaborative effort with Gustavo Conti, local owner of the famed Warung Beach Club.
But the murder of six people on the closing night of BPM’s music fest in Playa del Carmen last month cast doubt over the EDM brand’s planned expansion into Latin America. Organizers have concluded that now is not the time for a BPM party in Brazil.
The BPM Festival Brazil has been postponed “until further notice,” according to a statement posted Wednesday. The message reads, “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies remain with the families and friends of those victimized by the horrific events of January 16, the final night of our 10-day music festival in Playa del Carmen. Our hearts are broken by the loss of six wonderful lives that were cruelly cut short. We will not forget them as we struggle to come to grips that such a tragedy could have occurred at an event that is the very embodiment of positivity and shared love of music in the global dance community.”
The new statement adds, “As days go by, we will draw inspiration from (murdered security detail) Kirk (Wilson) and Geovanni (Francisco Ruiz Murillo)’s heroic and selfless acts. We will also continue to grieve the deaths and pray for the families of the four victims who were with us as guests.” The four murdered guests were identified as Rafael Penaloza Vega (Mexico), Alejandra Villanueva (U.S.), Daniel Pessina (Italy) and Giovanni Arturo Amparan Saragossa (Mexico).
Responsibility for the mass shooting at the beachfront Blue Parrot nightclub has been claimed by the Mexican cartel Zetas.
The inaugural BPM Festival Portugal, planned for September 2017 as a celebration of the brand’s 10th anniversary, will go ahead as scheduled, organizers confirmed.
Read the full message below.