The “Holidaze” series of festivals has become an annual event that is coveted by both the artists and fans alike. Hosted by the Disco Biscuits and Umphrey’s McGee, this year’s party took place in the Dominican Republic at the Breathless Resort and Spa in Punta Cana. For those uninitiated, this is THE premier luxury festival, treating attendees to baller rooms with private jacuzzis, all inclusive food and drinks across multiple restaurants and bars, and an ocean front stage that rages from sunset to 3am for four nights proper. Supporting tDB and UM this year were STS9, Lettuce, Nightmares on Wax, Break Science, Papadosio, Gigamesh, and Lee Foss. In one’s “downtime,” there is still plenty to do: excursions, pool parties, late night dj’s, the sand, sun, and surf. Resort staff genuinely seemed happy to have us there, and as a result, the overall experience was definitely “MAGNIFICO.”
This was my second time attending Holidaze, the last being in 2012 when it was in Cancun and considered “Mayan.” Both were excellent experiences, but it is clear that as time goes on, the Cloud 9 team continues to refine the series. Check-in/out was a breeze, customer service was excellent, and you can tell they want you to get safely from and to your home base. It’s an easy recommendation to make that if the lineup falls within your musical tastes and you don’t hate luxury beach vacations, you have to go at least once. Should these humble words fail to convince, perhaps this photo gallery will do the trick. Enjoy!