Dia de los Muertos Celebrations at The Mesmerist, Brighton

Thu 07 Nov 2019

On 2nd November it was Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos), the Mexican holiday where family and friends gather to remember those who have died and support them on their spiritual journey to the afterlife. It’s a day of celebration, as Mexicans believe death is simply a continuation of the life cycle.

They dress up in colourful costumes, paint their faces with sugar skulls and wear flower crowns, and there’s a carnival atmosphere across the country.

For Day of the Dead this year, we partnered with The Mesmerist in Brighton, the dapper looking, individualistic lounge bar, to host our infamous La Loteria (Mexican bingo) event. There was also an incredible Cazcabel cocktail menu and lots of fun Mexican prizes. The best dressed even won a bottle of tequila!

The night started with live music from The Black Kat Boppers, a grooving four piece group playing rockin’ roots music with guitar, double bass & stand up drums.

This was followed by a DJ set from Soul Casserole bringing a spicy range of funky beats. Stax, Trojan, Motown, Blue Note, Zodiac, Chess and Loma Records. They fulfilled their late night tendency to throw a blend of randomness into the pot; from Reggae to Ragga and Blues to Hip hop. It was an unpretentious night of full speed funky beats!

We also treated guests to candy skull face painting from the DMFA Makeup Academy, Wheel of Fortune, midnight shows and plenty of surprises all night long.

What a party; we can’t wait for next year!

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