Festival Reviews


Universo Paralello 2016, Brazil

Written by Marina Tavares - Thank you very much!
Happened on December 27th until January 4th, the 13th edition of the Universe Paralello in Pratigi Island, Bahia. The festival is the most important in Brazil and one of the most important in the world!

The event that happens every two years is known worldwide, attracting people from the most diverse places on the planet! The Universo Paralello is a mix of various ethnic groups, ages, social classes...

Location, Food, Structure

The place where the festival happens is wonderful! One of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil! The structure is like a mini city, with trade area, food, rest, and of course, lots of fun! The food area has the most varied options... açaí, pastas, sandwiches, pizzas, vegetarian food, yakisoba, juices, and typical foods of Bahia; the most requested is the Acarajé! The festival has a communal kitchen, which was also an interaction area for the public.  Next to the festival we also could find many options at affordable prices... Another option was to eat on the island of the fishermen... The trade area is a mix of hippies from all around the world, and people of all ages... The lovely beach was a refuge in times of rest and recreation... The sea was the favorite spot of children around the world! With the  adults wasn't different... A structure was set up for the public to enjoy the festival in the highest! The festival had a wide variety of musical styles! Electronic music, reggae and rap played for eight days in seven different areas with six stages, for all tastes and styles: Chill Out, Stage 303, Tortuga, Main Floor, UP Club, and Stage Paralello.

The Circolou was an area that received much public praise, being called the heart of the festival... There we could find the most diverse activities like slack line, yoga classes, capoeira, juggling, awareness of drugs, lectures, healing space, cinema, dance... Next to it was the Chill Out in front of the beach... The opening was on the 27th... This music area, with rest and relaxation is one of the most important of the festival! The 303 Stage also started the celebration on the 27th, with the great Portuguese project Techyon! The 303 is the favorite area of big part of the public, it is also located in front the sea, with a refreshing breeze and sound quality!

The Tortuga Stage started on the 27th, and was also located in front the beach... The place offered imported and craft beers, and play different sounds such as rap... On the 28th was the opening of the long-awaited Main Floor... Just before it started to drizzle, perhaps to calm the excitement of the public, who have eagerly awaited! The opening was in charge of the national project of Progressive Trance Zanon...

The same irrigation system of the last edition was used on the Main Floor providing relief from the scorching heat of Bahia! The Main Stage decoration was created by the South Africans Artscape! They are responsible for the decoration of the most important festivals in the world, like Boom! The stage shaped like a boat was simply the most beautiful I've ever seen! And many people commented that it was the most beautiful of all the editions! The Medusa that caught the public attention opened her eyes for a few nights... In the afternoon played the national Logica project, opening with the remix of the track Techmology by Rinkadink. At night played the great Israeli Outsiders project, one of my favorites! Big names played as Nevermind, Justin Chaos, Daksinamurti and Shotu... Highlight to EVP! On the 28th was the opening of the UP Club ... The area is located on the seafront ... Highlight for Gui Boratto!

The Chill Out had a lot of musical diversity, from reggae to great projects like Yagé! On the 28th, the 303 started the day with Goa Trance and the national GOAstral project! The afternoon was very progressive, and at night played Psytrance! At dawn the bpms accelerated with projects like Tyamat and Marambá. On the 29th, when I got to the Main Floor, the sun shone with the contagious sound of Twelve  Sessions! The stage received major international names such as Critical Choice, Emok and Ticon... At night, the Mexican Shove played one of the best sets, totally old school, drawing me to the Front Stage! Followed by the Japanese Spectra Sonics; followed by the Brazilian Earthspace, one of the best projects of the national scene! Highlight to Reality Grid! The Paralello Stage started on the 29th with the show of Emicida. Big part of the public was drawn there at the moment... On the 30th, the Main Floor started the day playing Goa Trance, one of my favorite styles, with the Psychowave project, the greatest national Goa project! The afternoon had Progressive Trance, with projects like Max Grillo, Joel Rowdy, Fabio Fusco, Moon and Krama. At dusk, began one of the most waited moments, a wonderful sequence of Progressive Dark, with projects from Zenon Records. Starting with one versus between Tetrameth & Shadow FX! That was one of the most praised performances at the Main Floor! Continuing with Fabio Leal, the Brazilian representative of label... Then it was the time of the Australian Ryanosaurus... Followed by Pspiralife, one of the projects that I most hear at the moment! The producer of Tasmania played tracks from his new album The Middle Way... If you don't know already, its worth checking out! After came the Electrypnose project, who played for an hour and a half, and it seems that is never enough... The Swiss created one of the best musical journeys, those moments when is difficult to open your eyes, fully entering into a trance travel... This was one of the best lives of the main stage! The dawn  accelerated the bpms with projects like Nargun and Cosmo! That was one of the best nights of the festival! The dawn of the 303 stage also featured big names such as the veteran Dickster! On the 31th, as could not be otherwise, it was amazing!

When I arrived at the main floor, was playing the national project Mental Broadcast... Followed by the idol Wrecked Machines, who thrilled the audience when he played his biggest hit, the remix of the track Enjoy The Silence by Depeche Mode. Another long-awaited project was the Greek Martian Arts. Highlight for the veteran Etnica! I had the taste to hear for the first time also the veterans ManMadeMan! The couple has a lot of talent and energy! The British couple was followed by the first project of Dickster, The Green Nuns Of The Revolution! Then it was the time of the break and the final preparations for the big night! At 11 pm, the great master Raja Ram played at the Main Floor his ambient project Sphongle... It was a divine presentation! The main floor was celebrating and at the midnight began the fireworks, and the great project The First Stone! It was amazing; this is my favorite project of the national scene! It was a very special night with good music and, joy. Was simply the best New Year of my life! The producers were followed by a super sequence with the British Tristan, Dickster and Avalon! The projects were followed by GMS, Ekanta and Sonic Species... Highlight for the German Sun Project!   The UP Club had great projects at night like Boris Brejcha and Gabe... The first day of the year began with very high spirits! At morning in the Main Floor played the
Progressive Trance Capital Monkey project...The time of the Vegas project was exciting, with a wedding happening on the stage. The afternoon was the Psytrance time, starting with one of the responsible for the TIP Records, Rikki Rokkit. In the evening it was the Goa Trance time with DJ Inê! The evening was followed with Dharana... The national Necropsycho project made the bpms very high. At the Paralello Stage people saw the presentation of Highlight Tribe. On the 2nd, the Paralello Stage received one of his greatest  highlights the singer Criolo!

The Chill Out had great performances! On the 2nd, the area received super attractions such as Etnica in Dub and Raja Ram! This was one of the most special days in the Main Floor... After receiving great projects of Progressive Trance, as Yestermorrow, E-Clip, Egorythmia, and Second... It was the time of Psytrance, with the super veteran Raja Ram!!! The Godfather of Psychedelic Trance played for an hour and a half to the delight of his fans! I listened and danced new tracks like The Beautiful Garden... And also his classics like Rock Into The Future...
That was the best presentation of the festival! The audience cheered in ecstasy! I was wonderful to remember the golden age of trance... Raja Ram is a person who vibrates good energy; it'samazing to see his contagious joy! When I told him that the first time I danced Psytrance was at a party that he played 11 years ago, it was one of those moments that reminds me why I fell in love with Trance! Raj is definitely my favorite producer! The night continued with great projects such as the Brazilian Burn In Noise. The presentation of the Space Tribe was awesome! The British is one of my favorite projects of all times! At 303 Stage we had a great sequence, with the projects of Zenon Records: Evil Oil Man, Krumelur, Hellquist and Ivort! At dawn played Psytrance with projects like the Brazilian Technology, and at morning played Goa Trance with the German Aodioiboa! On the 3rd played great projects at 303, such as Killerwatts (Tristan & Avalon), and Filterheads (K.i.M & Mike)! At the Main Floor, played great projects like Loud! Always when the Israeli plays the track Listen To The Music, the public get crazy! As in the last edition, some of the people who were in the Front Stage, started to come up to the speakers! An unforgettable moment that can only be lived in the Universo Paralello! The presentation was followed by one versus between Rinkadink and Element; Talpa, Zyce, and  Labyrinth...

In the evening, it was the time of one of the projects that I was waiting, DJ Lucas! The British is part of TIP Records, and also is  responsible for Sybarite and Woofers projects! The DJ played for an hour and a half, the audience held hands and began to dance together, and it was a beautiful moment! The evening was followed by super projects such as Hujaboy, Hypnocoustics, Mack, Dust, and
Master Blasters...  At the dawn the bpms got higher with the sound of Psymmetrix and Dirty Saffi! The last day of the festival had arrived! It's amazing how time flies when we are in a parallel universe! And we lose the notion of the time, and the only reason for the difficult challenge to discover the hours; it's just for don't lose some super performance... On the 4th played at the Main Floor great projects like Thatha, Ital, Sinerider, Future Frequency, Circuit Breakers... Highlight for the energetic presentation of K.i.M! The Swedish played before the closing, which is responsibility of the beloved Swarup! It was the first time that I could enjoy the closing, it was beautiful and exciting! Swarup played for hours tirelessly! It was beautiful to see his emotion along with his family on the stage, witnessing all the love with his  loved ones! It showed that Universo Paralello is a festival made for an amazing family to shining people from all over the world, a big Trance family! I want to thank Juarez Petrillo for providing the best New Year's Eve of my life! And one more beautiful and unforgettable  experience in this parallel universe! Everyone who worked at the festival, turning it into our home for eight days, especially Milene So dré! Gratitude to my dear and talented friends: Lauro Medeiros, Vinícius Senna, Fabrizio Quirino and Leandro Quartiermeister. The wonderful  audience that delighted me with all the smiles! Thanks to the DJs and producers who have played that wonderful sound! New and old  friends, especially the staff of TIP Records: Raja Ram, Lucas and Olli Wisdom... It was amazing to be with you! Gratitude to the beautiful sea of Bahia, for every moment of peace and reflection! There's no better place to be at the New Year! No wonder it's the place I have  chosen in the last years... Thanks to Trance for bringing me so many friends, so many trips, incredible experiences!!! I would not exchange it for anything! I really have been in a parallel universe! Thanks to everyone who read my experience... Just being there to understand... The Universo Paralello is an essential experience for all the Trance lovers!

More than that:
is a life experience that I can say I lived intensely... It is an experience that opens our mind, expanding our conscious...
Thank you very much and I see you in 2017!!!

Written by Marina Tavares
Photographer Vinicius Senna
Leandro Quartiermeister | Photography
Pratima Photography




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