Damian Lazarus‘ Day Zero remains an essential marking of time for the global electronic music community, a signal of new beginnings and a party that connects the physical and spiritual realms.
Founded in the jungles of Tulum in 2012, the event has grown from a humble gathering into one of the world’s most celebrated festivals. No matter which sacred grounds it inhabits, Day Zero brings forth earth shattering music curation combined with industry-leading production, creating the ideal environment for dancefloor transcendence. From the ancient Mayan civilizations, the elite experience-crafters now focus on the Bedouin tribes and nomadic peoples of all creeds and cultures that have crossed the Dead Sea region.
Today, Damian and his dedicated team celebrate the return of Day Zero Masada: Dweller of the Dead Sea, touching down at the historic mountain of Masada and lowest part of the world on September 16, 2022.
Known since its 2019 launch as a gathering as deep and otherworldly as the land on which it is hosted, revelers will be guided through a hero’s journey from sundown to sunrise amidst the great expanse of the Dead Sea. It is here that the frequencies of the world’s best electronic music echo through canyons carved over millennia, a sacred pilgrimage first set forth by Canaanites, Reubens, Gads and many others. 15,000 party people came from all over the world to celebrate the first edition, and when Damian played a reworked version of Bill Withers, “Lovely Day,” as the sun came up, the desert went into a mass of joyful madness.
The Mountain of Masada is one of Israel’s most storied historical locations, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that sits on the shores of the Dead Sea and traces its origins to 30BC. Dancing as the sun rises over the Jordanian Mountains with the world’s best party people remains one of global rave’s most breathtaking experiences.
As always, Damian Lazarus and his team take the utmost care to honor and protect the sacred lands in which Day Zero takes place. The festival remains committed to its leave no trace policy for attendees, carbon emission offsetting, and sustainable event production that includes heavy emphasis on recycling and biodegradable materials. After success as the first plastic-free music event in Israel during its first iteration, guests can expect this tradition to be continued in 2022. Furthermore, attendees can count on the ability to revel in elaborate and beautiful performances from the Day Zero circus team, as well as art installations, desert sculptures and surprises at every turn.
Despite its global expansion and renowned pedigree, Day Zero’s ethos of creating peak experiences at historically elevated and beautiful locales remains unchanged. Lazarus knows well that it is only by harnessing this connection between the ancient and modern worlds that humanity can truly understand its place in this next chapter. Together with the Tripping Productions team, Day Zero will continue to raise the bar as it synthesizes nature, artistry, and technology in new and innovative ways.