BPM Brazil was scheduled to be held from 28 April until 1 May (17), with concerts held in the resort towns of Praia Brava, Itajai, and Balneario Camboriu, with many of the world's leading electronic dance music (EDM) record labels due to host parties featuring acts from across the globe.

But in the wake of six people being killed on the closing night of BPM's music festival at the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen on 16 January (17), organisers have decided to hold off for the time being.

"We appreciate all the support from fans all over the world. We look forward to celebrating with you once again in the near future. For now, we will be postponing our plans for The BPM Festival: Brazil until further notice," the organisers wrote in a statement posted on Facebook.

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies remain with the families and friends of those victimised by the horrific events."

The shooting at a crowded beachfront nightclub also saw dozens wounded. Officials said the gunfire erupted when security personnel tried to stop a man from entering the Blue Parrot club with a gun, with Mexican cartel Zetas later claiming responsibility for the massacre.

"Our hearts are broken by the loss of six wonderful lives that were cruelly cut short. We will not forget them as we struggle to come to grips that such a tragedy could have occurred at an event that is the very embodiment of positivity and shared love of music in the global dance community," the organisers added.

The BPM Festival due to be held in Portugal in September (17), will go ahead as planned.