Know Before You Go Playlist: Santo Domingo’s Isle of Light

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The Dominican Republic is gearing up for Isle of Light, a bright new festival whose lineup includes indie darlings like Neon Indian and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, as well as a bunch of stellar local acts. The fest is just around the corner, and new details have surfaced to get audiences hyped for the big March 5 date.

In addition to the previously announced lineup and food court curation, details on the festival pre-party and conference workshops are finally here. On March 4 at Cacibajagua BarNeon Indian will take his rightful place behind the decks alongside live performances from Mylko and Volt Phonic. You can gain access to this party by presenting your ticket at the door (Eventbrite customers will be on a list). Likewise, an after party called Lights Off will take place after the show on March 5, with Francesca Lombardo of UK’s Crosstown Rebels fame hosting the festivities.

There’s also IOL Pro, a series of talks and workshops from music industry stakeholders, including a discussion with Remezcla’s own Joel Moya, where he’ll discuss how to pitch music to digital media in the most effective way. There will also be a talk on El Nuevo Sonido Latino with Colombia’s Mauricio Álvarez of Cero 39. The event will explore how Latinos and Latin American musicians have carved a space for themselves in the new electronic avant-garde. Finally, a panel hosted by Symphonic Distribution will discuss music distribution in 2016 and explore how acts can effectively get their music sold and streamed online. Ticket holders can attend any of these talks, but they should RSVP in advance through IOL’s official website.

We’ve crafted a playlist with some of our favorite tracks from the lineup. Press play and get hype.