Bogotá club Baum, one of the city's most renowned, has closed its doors for good, bowing out after some seven years in the Colombian capital with a 36-hour party last weekend.
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Open since 2013, Bogota's Baum club has continued to thrive in 2018, with a raft of world-class bookings for its intimate, 900-capacity club space (many reckon it to be one of the best-equipped club spaces in South America). Anja Schneider, Lee Foss, Cassius, Adriatique, Mind Against, Robert Hood, Ben Klock, Guy Gerber, Amelie Lens, Modeselektor and The Martinez Brothers are just a handful of those who have passed through to join stalwart residents Hernan Cayetano, Mao Loading, Niklas Stadler and Stav.
Baum just celebrated its sixth birthday too, with sets from Italian producer and Drumcode regular Joseph Capriati and Zurich pairing Animal Trainer. 2018 saw the venue once again hooking up with Lyon's venerable Nuits Sonores festival too, welcoming in The Hacker and veteran French techno don Zadig. Meanwhile, the Baum festival will once again be happening in May this year, hoping to top last year's 12,000 turnout. The line-up is a blinder, featuring a host of blazing international artists like The Black Madonna, Matias Aguayo, Rødhåd, Steffi, Moscoman and Jeff Mills jetting in for the blowout.
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Over the past few years, Baum Club has steadily become Colombia’s main hub for underground electronic music. It has also built an international reputation thanks to the strength of its bookings. Underscoring its commitment to supporting cutting-edge house and techno, the Bogota club’s recent fifth birthday celebrations played out in March over two nights, with Modeselektor and Jan Blomqvist from the Berlin label Stil Vor Talent guesting. Other international guests at the club so far this year have included Richy Ahmed, Dystopian’s Alex.Do, Dolan Bergin from Electric Minds and the fast-rising French techno producer François X.
Last year saw Baum branch out into the world of festivals, and in 2018, the second edition of the event, simply titled Baum Festival, looks even more impressive. Taking place across four stages, Baum resident Hernan Cayetano and local acts like David Norena from the Port 81 label will be joined by Berghain’s Marcel Dettmann, Miss Kittin and Desolat’s Loco Dice. While these names are sure to draw crowds to the event, what’s more impressive is Baum’s foresight in also booking underground doyens like Mike Parker from Geophone, industrial techno act Monoloc and upcoming Belgian artist Charlotte de Witte. The future of techno in Colombia is safe in Baum Club’s hands.
The future of electronic music is alive and well, and thriving in Colombia, and all eyes are on a club nuzzled in centre of Bogatá. ‘Baum has been, for the last four years, a musical reference in the Colombian scene, basing its music in house and techno'. A club that doesn't just book any old big name DJ. Not even half way into the year and Baum's back-schedule is a thing of wonderment — creating a recipe guaranteed to amaze and delight their loyal followers with appearances from high-end techno taskmasters Heidi, wAFF, Coyu and Rodriguez Jnr.
However, all eyes are on Baum Festival this year. It's their third one in a row, taking place on May 20th with fistfuls of first rate DJs and artists headlining — DJ Hell, Green Velvet, Joris Voorn, Pleasurekraft, Chris Liebing and Josh Wink for starters. Housed in the city's 8,000 capacity Multiparque site, revellers will be looking at fully satisfying 14-hour dance off. And of course there will be a drug testing area in the Echele Cabeza tent, a chill out area, a barber shop (naturally) and plenty of crazy fun times to be had.
Situated in the heart of Bogota, Baum has established itself as one of biggest and most popular nightclubs in the Colombian capital. A new entry in last year’s poll, the club has since jumped from 46th to 29th. Over the past year, Baum has had a its fair share of big-name international guests pass through its doors with sets from Ellen Alien, Carl Craig, Sasha as well as renowned techno selectors like Ben UFO, Marcel Dettmann and Chris Liebing.
In 2015, the club branched out into larger-scale events, hosting its own one-day festival at Multiparque Bima, an amusement park on the outskirts of the city. This year’s edition, taking place in May, will feature Kevin Sanderson, Oliver Huntemann, Nicole Moudaber and Noir.
Located in Bogota, the capital of Colombia with a population of nearly seven million people, Baum brings some of the best underground DJs to the heart of the city on a weekly basis. Recent jocks to roll up and roll out at Baum have included Lee Burridge, Audiofly, DJ W!ld, Magda, Carl Craig, Tiga and Metro Area, while Baum now are not content with bringing some of the most quality names in the global scene to Bogota.
On 30th May, Baum are hosting their own festival with Agoria (live), Darren Emerson, Scuba and Anja Schneider all announced as part of the phase one reveal. The phase two announcement was due just as DJ Mag went to press, but by the sound of those first names — and the club's regular spinners, either indoors or on the terrace — they will be nothing but quality too.