Doof Doof Doof! Five of the Best Festivals Down Under

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the word ‘doof’, just imagine you’re listening to loud electronic music with a heavy bass drum kick – hear it now? Doof Doof Doof! This is exactly how the term came about in the early ‘90s, when someone knocked on their neighbour’s door in Newtown Sydney and asked, “What is all this doof doof I hear?” It went on to become a popular name for bush parties in Australia, with the first commercial doof being Earthcore, which took place for the first time back in 1983. These doofs are generally held in remote rural settings and feature DJs spinning a range of electronic music, mostly Psytrance and Techno, as well as live acts, speakers, art and healing workshops. Now that winter is upon is here in the Northern hemisphere, I suggest you pack a bag and head down under to party in the sunshine at one of the doofs listed below.

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Doof #1: Earthcore
When/where it’s taking place:
Pyalong, Victoria from November 24th – 28th
Why it’s special:
It’s the original bush doof!
What to expect:
Often described as “a festival with soul”, Earthcore is also a festival for the soul, as it’s so much more than just an awesome party. Set on 1,500 acres of pristine land, adorned with mind-bending art installations, there are several villages that focus on culture, lifestyle and entertainment, where you can experience everything from yoga and meditation, to exercise classes, to massages and alternative therapies, as well as an array of unique performances. And you’ll certainly be well-nourished too, with all the food that’s on offer at the Market Food Zone, which serves up vegetarian delights, juices, smoothies, proper coffee and Chai tea. In terms of the music, Earthcore hosts DJs from all around the world across five stages and is most well-known for catering to Techno and Psytrance fans. However, in recent years, the festival organisers have expanded their roster to include artists with more varying styles, such as Drum ‘n’ Bass, Glitch and Breaks. There really is something for everybody here.
Who to see:
If you like your Techno deep, dark and driving (like me) then be sure to check Australia’s own Bass to Pain Converter on the Kinky Karnival stage. If you’re more of a Trance fan, I’d recommend seeing Bryan Kearney, John 00 Fleming and Will Atkinson and for Psytrance lovers, well, virtually every artist on the main stage will probably be to your taste!

Bass To Pain Converter on the main stage at last year’s Earthcore Festival

Doof #2: Strawberry Fields
When/where it’s taking place:
Tocumwal, New South Wales from November 17th – 20th
Why it’s special: It’s one of the more original and forward-thinking doofs. The selection of artists is on point and the atmosphere of this festival is something else.
What to expect: Just a few hours outside of Melbourne, you’ll find the small, dusty fruit-picking region of Tocumwal, where Strawberry Fields has been held annually for the past seven years. It’s a place where people come to escape the real world and completely let their inhibitions go for a few days, which isn’t hard to do in this wild wonderland. The organisers have strived to maintain the festival’s genuine sense of community through providing a platform for local and up-and-coming artists, rather than just booking big names, and creating a unique environment for showcasing their music and art. Each year, Strawberry Fields simply gets better and better; what started off as a predominantly Techno event, it now features various styles of electronic music, as well as art installations, eclectic market stalls, wizards and other entertainers, meaning there’s plenty you can do here aside from dance your socks off. This year, the festival is expanding and will almost double its number of acts and activities, plus punters can head on down a day early, so you’ll certainly get your money’s worth.
Who to see: Local artists worth seeing include Seekae, Sleep D and House of Mince. George Fitzgerald, Leftfield and Henry Saiz are amongst the bigger acts on the roster, but my personal favourites would have to be Radio Slave and Victor Ruiz.

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Doof #3: Subsonic
When/where it’s taking place: Barrington Tops, New South Wales from December 2nd – 4th
Why it’s special: It’s arguably the best doof in the country- where else could you frolic in a river as the sun rises, surrounded by people in drag, while getting blasted by awesome Tech House tunes? Only at Subsonic.
What to expect: Three days of wonderfully obscure music in an equally obscure setting: Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort. In these picturesque surroundings, you’ll embark on a journey of underground sounds, ranging from Reggae and Dub, to Psytrance and Techno, produced by local and international artists. Like Strawberry Fields, Subsonic focuses on community and kinship, and local DJs get a lot of love here. Join in with the fun and festive crowd and make new friends, for chances are you’ll lose your old ones in the wilderness, and there’s no phone signal here to get back in touch with them. This is the beauty of Subsonic though; it’s essential to the vibe of the festival that people branch out and connect with others, rather than staying glued to their mates. Besides, having no signal encourages festival-goers to enjoy being in the moment, rather than photographing and filming the event in a bid to impress all their friends on Snapchat. If you’re feeling a tad worse for wear at the end of the festival, you can even pay a small fee to camp for an extra night or two and bask in the rays by the river and go swimming.
Who to see: Big names include Lee Scratch Perry, Seth Troxler, Josh Wink and Ben UFO. Of the local DJs, it’s worth heading to the Pizza Lab to catch the Franchi Brothers and to the River Stage on the final day to see Simon Caldwell warm up for the closing act. The aforementioned Bass to Pain Converter will also be performing on the El Stompo stage.

A taste of Subsonic Festival

Doof #4: Rainbow Serpent
When/where it’s taking place: Lexton, Victoria from January 26th – 30th 2017
Why it’s special: Its spiritual foundations are what makes this doof stand out from the others, coupled with the fact it’s one of the few that’s remained true to its roots over the years.
What to expect: What began as a small gathering back in 1997 is now an internationally recognised music and arts festival, an explosion of colour, dance and expression, attracting people from all over the world. Rainbow Serpent takes its name from an Aboriginal “dreamtime” story, which gives great importance to this mythical creature and is the spiritual foundation of the festival, as it is all about our connection to the earth. The land upon which Rainbow Serpent takes place is the shared country of two different Aboriginal tribes: Dja Dja Wurrung and Wadawurrung, both which play an important role in the make-up of the festival. There is so much more on offer than the usual line-up of electronic music here; Rainbow Serpent gives you the chance to escape from the modern-day world and reconnect with the earth in the way that these tribes do. The Lifestyle village offers a range of activities that reflect its community spirit, such as yoga and dance classes, interactive workshops and discussion panels. Next year marks its 20th anniversary, an important milestone for the event, so expect to be taken back on the incredible journey Rainbow has made over the past couple of decades, while enjoying an unprecedented weekend of music, performances, art and activities.
Who to see: Simon Posford, who’ll be performing as Shpongle & Hallucinogen, will be headlining the festival. Germany’s Extrawelt will be making their Rainbow debut, while the likes of Perfect Stranger, Avalon and D-Nox & Beckers will be returning to follow up on their previous out of this world performances.

Rainbow Serpent: A retrospective film

Doof #5: Earth Frequency
When/where it’s taking place: Peak Crossing, Queensland from February 17th – 20th 2017
Why it’s special: It’s the most community-based doof in the country.
What to expect: Earth Frequency is more than just a festival; it’s a meeting place for people of all different backgrounds, ages and walks of life, who are brought together through their shared love of music, nature, culture and community. Like Rainbow Serpent, it began as a small Landcare party and is now one of Australia’s most significant gatherings. The aim of the festival is to break away from traditional labels and create a unique event based on creativity, education, healing and community spirit. Nurtured by its beautiful rural setting, Ivory’s Rock, Earth Frequency invites you to come together to celebrate life with music, art and other creative forms. Over the four days, you can expect to hear a solid dose of Reggae, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Dubstep, Folk, Funk and Hip-Hop, as well as the usual Techno and Psytrance, and experience visionary art, workshops and lectures. As well as all this, there is a family and kids’ space and a whole array of market stalls.
Who to see: Marcus Henriksson will be topping the Techno bill and he’ll be joined by the likes of Sensient, Desert Dwellers and Australia’s own The Herd. Other local artists include Mal Webb, Hugo & Treats, Lubdub and Formidable Vegetable Sound System.

Earth Frequency 2016

For more information on doofs in Australia, and to keep up-to-date with the latest doof news, check out Dreamland Doof’s online magazine.

Written by: Milly Day

Review: Transmission

Up until recently, I was a Transmission virgin; I had of course heard of the prestigious Trance event, but had never got around to attending it. However, this year I decided that had to change, particularly as it was the festival’s 10th anniversary and I’m now living in Berlin, which is a mere four hours from Prague by bus. I had been told by several different people what an incredible festival Transmission was, but I don’t think anything could have prepared me for just how spectacular a show it would be. Upon entering the venue, I was blown away by the sheer enormity of it and instantly captivated by the dazzling lasers, which darted back and forth. As I made my way to the front, where giant LED screens loomed behind the DJ booth, I became anxious that there might not be enough room to dance, as the place was completely packed – Transmission 2016 had completely sold out. Fortunately though, there was ample space to flail my limbs, which I went on to do wholeheartedly for the next eight hours.

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Transmission 2016’s theme was ‘The Lost Oracle’

My dancing marathon began roughly halfway through MarLo’s set, kicking off with his brilliant remix of The Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up. Wow! What a way to start. He went on to play a tune that I didn’t recognise, but loved instantly, and I went on to discover that it’s the new Scot Project track, W5 (Waiting For). After that, we were treated to Kyau & Albert’s latest release, Memory Lane, a lovely little progressive number. Then a cover of a song I never dreamed I’d hear on a Trance night got played: Imagine. This had everyone waving their lighters and phones in the air, while I just stood laughing and shaking my head in disbelief. I later found out that it’s MarLo’s own version and features the vocals of renowned Trance vocalist, Emma Hewitt. It went down a treat on the night, but my favourite moments were yet to come though, as I would rather be fist-pumping to a banging track than waving my lighter around to a slow one. Fortunately for me, the next series of tracks were indeed banging – MarLo played his own Join Us Now, a previous ASOT tune of the week, then I found myself jumping up and down and dancing with a bunch of mad Israelis to Orjan Nielsen’s Between the Rays (another MarLo remix), which was such a lot of fun and definitely the highlight of the set for me. I stayed close to those Israelis for the remainder of the night- they certainly knew how to party! MarLo closed his set with a real belter, I Don’t Deserve You Now by Paul Van Dyk ft Plumb, which of course had everybody singing along and was, in my opinion, the perfect way to finish things off.

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Spot the Brit amongst the Israelis…

A deep, space age voice announced the next act, Markus Schulz, a man I’d seen many times, albeit not for a while. As he made his way on to the stage, the visuals up on the screen portraying a Roman amphitheatre transformed into something which resembled outer space- it was all pretty trippy. Fisherman & Hawkins, who had played at the warm-up party in Mecca the night before, came and joined our ever-increasing group, as did Thomas Coastline, who had been on earlier that night. Markus played a number of his own tracks, such as A Better You, The New World and his release with Ferry Corsten, Loops and Tings. I enjoyed hearing his mashup of Stoneface & Terminal’s Spectre and Sebastien & Hagedorn’s High on You, which preceded Novaspace’s newest release, Cygnus. Like MarLo, Markus surprised us at the end with a cover of an old pop song, Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill, cleverly reworked by Infusion. After that, we were treated to a 15-minute Transmix by Vision Impossible, during which I opted for a change of scene and walked up to the seating area. The view from there was simply incredible, but nobody was dancing! And with songs like The Theme, Hey Now and Free Tibet, I didn’t see how it was possible not to dance. Back to the barmy Israelis it was.

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The view from above

Next up was Ferry Corsten as Gouryella, who came on at 2am but as the clocks went back that morning, he also ended at 2am. An extra hour of raving was a nice bonus, and totally unexpected, as I had no idea it was happening until I saw the schedule. As you’d expect, Gouryella was the first track that got played, as projections of the man himself appeared on the screen. He then proceeded to alternate between Ferry Corsten tracks, such as Reborn and Anahera, and those produced under the Gouryella alias, like Ligaya and Walhalla. He topped things off with Neba, the much-anticipated follow up to Anahera, an uplifting number reminiscent of Gouryella’s classic style.

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Big Ferry, little Ferry

After Ferry, it was time for the legend that is John O’Callaghan to take to the stage. I’d already seen him play twice over the summer, and his set at Captured Festival in Ibiza was one of the highlights of the year for me. JOC never fails to amaze me though, as this set was totally different; darker and more powerful, which actually I prefer. I can safely say I loved hearing every song that got played, as it was just one banger after another, but the standout tracks had to be the new Will Atkinson song, which I believe is called Chasing After You, and Beg Your Pardon by Bryan Kearney pres. Karney, which is probably my favourite song of the year. Yes, it’s more Techno than Trance, but that suits me just fine as I adore both genres and it’s always nice to have a bit of variety. It was also great to hear Cold Blue’s brilliant remix of Steal This Track for the first time, which I’ve been listening to non-stop since. Naturally, JOC played a number of his own tracks as well, including The Forging of Steel and Lies Cost Nothing, before ending on his Dark mix of Armin Van Buuren’s I’ll Listen. What an absolute stonker of a performance! Once again, the mighty Mr. O’Callaghan’s set was my favourite of the night.

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A highly impressive performance by JOC

Nicely energised after that set, I was ready for the next artists, Driftmoon and ReOrder, who were to DJ back-to-back. Although JOC was a hard act to follow, they managed it quite well, with an uplifting 140bpm set that kept everyone stomping away for the next hour and a half. Songs that stood out were ReOrder & Katty Heath – Love Again and Tritonal’s Blackout. The two men went on to play some Psytrance towards the end, before finishing off with a couple of classics, PPK’s Resurrection and the timeless Silence. Last, but by no means least, it was the popular Psytrance duo Vini Vici’s turn to play to the masses. I was feeling a bit weak after dancing non-stop for so long, so I returned to the seating area and wolfed down a slice of pizza (love that you could buy pizza here) and enjoyed the show from above once again. Vini Vici’s set started with a bang, with their most famous song to date, The Tribe, followed by a Psy rework of Tiesto’s Lethal Industry. I was raving away in my chair – it was impossible not to! Afterwards, I rushed back down to the dancefloor, just as Namaste came on. Amazingly, it was still packed and the crowd were going for it just as hard as they were right at the start. After dropping another of their own tracks, Talking with U.F.O’s, they played a series of classic Trance songs, beginning with Binary Finary’s 1998 and a fantastic mashup of Robert Miles’s Children and We Come in Peace by Liquid Soul & Zyce, followed by Adagio for Strings. After that, it was back to the Psytrance with Tick Tock by Sesto Sento and finishing things off with that much-loved remix of Free Tibet.

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The final act of the night: Vini Vici

Overall, Transmission 2016 far was a tremendous success and far exceeded my expectations. Not only was the music on point, but I could not have asked for a better crowd, plus the ‘Lost Oracle’ show was truly mesmerising, with all the lasers, confetti cannons, smoke displays and onstage dancers. It blew my mind. Can’t wait for Transmission 2017!

Review: Captured Festival

Last year, I visited the White Isle for the first time and enjoyed it so much that I found myself crying hysterically on the day of my flight (I have since discovered this is not uncommon), as I simply didn’t feel ready to leave. My friends and I had gone for a long weekend and only managed to get to a couple of parties, one of which was Captured Festival, Ibiza’s only Trance festival, which is held in an abandoned zoo. This year, I listed it as one of my 3 must-visit electronic music festivals and spent most of the summer getting excited about returning to my favourite island and seeing what Captured 2016 had in store for us Trance fanatics.

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The highly appealing swimming pool

The day started off nicely – it was blissfully hot and the first thing I laid eyes upon when I entered the zoo was a swimming pool, which must have been closed last year as I don’t remember it being there, but I was very pleased to see it and got in almost right away. Once I’d cooled off, I clambered out of the pool, feeling nicely refreshed and went and stood in the queue for body painting. This was a bit of an error on my part; the queue was so long and there was no shade, meaning everyone was getting a bit restless and grumpy, but we were all determined to get ourselves painted! However, after a while, I heard the intro to Oxia’s ‘Domino’, one of my favourite tracks (an oldie, but a goodie) and decided I had to go and dance to it. It was coming from the Main Stage, where Sam Mitcham was manning the decks, and he went on to play another Techno classic, ‘Talking to You’ by Josh Wink. Seamlessly blending in the Trance with the Techno, Sam treated us to tracks like Jerome Isma-Ae’s remix of Orkidea’s ‘Nana’ and Dan Brazier’s bootleg of the legendary ‘God Is A DJ’. By the time he’d finished his set, I realised I’d probably lost my place in the body-painting queue… oh well. Totally worth it!

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Max Graham working his magic

Next to take to the Main Stage was Max Graham, who I’d never seen before, so I was intrigued to see what kind of set he’d play. Like Sam, he mixed Trance with Techno, getting a thumbs up from me as I love both genres and always appreciate a DJ with an eclectic style. Max kicked things off with the beautiful ‘Sun in Your Eyes’ by Above & Beyond- what a way to start! He then mixed that in to a brilliant remix of ‘Power’, courtesy of Hoxton Whores & HXTN before throwing in beloved Trance classic, ‘As The Rush Comes’, which I’ve heard on the dancefloor countless times, yet somehow it never gets old. As the sun began to set, Max slowed things down with his own remix of ‘Not Enough’ by Solid Stone and Jennifer Rene, a blissfully Balearic number, before ending with Mark Knight’s ‘Yebisah’. Needless to say, I was thoroughly impressed by that performance.

Thrillseekers playing ‘Affinity’ in the Seal Pit

Opting for a change of scene, I walked across to the Seal Pit Arena, where the mighty Thrillseekers was halfway through playing a vinyl set. The arena was absolutely packed, and each and every person was dancing. That’s what I love about these types of event; people really let go and enjoy themselves, rather than standing around posing, which makes a nice change from the likes of Amnesia and some other superclubs. As expected, Steve played a number of Trance classics, including an instrumental version of 4 Strings’ ‘Take me Away’ and ‘Universal Nation’ by Push. He also treated us to the gorgeous ‘Clear Blue Water’ by Oceanlab, before finishing on one of my favourites, ‘Age of Love’. A flawless ending to a flawless set.

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John O’Callaghan on the Main Stage

I had to go back to the Main Stage after that, as up next was John O’Callaghan, whose set at Cream the previous week was so fantastic that it had left me wanting more. This time, he managed to excel himself and play an even better set, during which I simply could not stop stomping! I had arrived just as Will Atkinson was finishing things off with his awesome remix of ‘Sunset on Ibiza’ and felt a bit gutted that I’d missed him but hey, you can’t see them all and unfortunately it’s necessary to make a few sacrifices at these festivals. JOC blasted out a number of vocal gems, beginning with Flynn & Denton’s ‘Say My Name’ and proceeding with another favourite of mine, ‘Ashley’ by Filo & Peri. Naturally, the crowd were singing along and the singing got louder as JOC progressed with a track of his, ‘Stay With Me’ – I think that had to be one of the highlights of the entire day. It was banger after banger after that, with so many more great vocal tracks, including Bryan Kearney’s ‘I Don’t Deserve You’ and a remix of Zara’s ‘Lost’. He played more of his own tracks as well, such as ‘Lies Cost Nothing’, ‘One Special Particle’ and his remix of ‘Save Me’ by Gareth Emery. Towards the end, the magnificent Mr O’Callaghan took us all right back with an old school number, Binary Finary’s ‘1999’. Could not have asked for more than that.

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The crowd going nuts during JOC’s set

After two hours of incessant dancing, I decided to take a short break with my friends on one of the bean bags by the pool. From there, we could hear the pounding beats emerging from the Animal Hospital, a new stage hosting Hard Dance acts such as BK, Andy Farley and Rob Tissera. I had wanted to check out this stage, but simply couldn’t tear myself away from the Trance!  After roughly half an hour, we made our way back to the Main Stage, just as Bryan Kearney dropped a banging remix of ‘Come to Me’, which the crowd went mental to. Despite being the last act on that stage, Bryan managed to keep everyone’s energy levels high with uplifting mash-ups like ‘Pearl Airport’ (Photographer vs Johnny Shaker) and ‘Out Of BeachWave’ (Rank 1 vs John O’Callaghan vs Nalin & Kane). That’s three for the price of one right there! Like the other DJs I’d seen that day, he also dropped in a couple of Trance classics, namely ‘Supernature’ by Stoneface & Terminal and his edit of ‘Take Me Away’. I also got to hear the very song that first got me into Trance, the sublime ‘Saltwater’ by Chicane. That was a special moment for me. Kearney finished his set off with a filthy Psy track, which I am yet to discover the name of, but you can hear it in the video below. 

Bryan Kearney ending his set in style

Things came to an end at midnight, when everyone began making their way onto the bus to head back into town and on to the after party. I was exhausted, but couldn’t resist going along so that I could see Jordan Suckley, Scot Project and Sam Mitcham (for the fifth time!) All in all, a combination of the atmosphere at Captured Festival 2016, the glorious weather, and the unbeatable line-up made it a true success and I’m already looking forward to seeing how the festival shapes up next year.

Written by: Milly Day

My Experience of Electronic Music Festivals in Argentina

Buenos Aires is undoubtedly one of the best cities in the world for nightlife and, in the year and a half that I lived there, I went to four electronic music festivals, as well as countless parties and nights out. Sadly, these festivals have now been banned after five people overdosed at TimeWarp, a decision brought about by the mayor of BA, which seems crazy in my opinion as it’s hardly going to solve the problem; people will continue to take drugs, they’ll just find somewhere else to do it.

What I loved most about the festivals I went to was the passion of the crowd, as Argentinians simply have so much love for electronic music and seemingly infinite amounts of energy. As a result, the atmosphere at festivals in Buenos Aires was really quite magical, something I’m yet to experience anywhere else in the world. I met some of the best people I know out raving in that city, and many are still great friends of mine today, so I decided to write this article as an homage to them and the wonderful events that brought us together.

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The crew at Ultra Buenos Aires

My first festival: Ultra

Ultra was the first festival in Buenos Aires that I heard about and I wasn’t even planning to be in the country for it, but an Australian couple I’d met in Peru (and continued to bump into throughout my travels) showed me the line-up one night in Rio and without hesitation, I booked myself onto a flight to BA. It had been ages since I’d last heard anything that resembled electronic music, having been exposed to nothing but Samba, Salsa and Reggaeton for the past three months, so I think I got a little overexcited! It was well worth the trip though, for a number of Trance DJs I adored at the time played, such as Omnia, W&W and Armin, and they did not disappoint. Besides, it was the very first time I’d partied hard with Argentinians and I was carried by their energy and enthusiasm through to the end of the night, by which time we were all completely sodden as there had been a torrential downpour. Still, that wasn’t enough to wipe the smiles off our faces. I finally got back to my hostel at some ungodly hour of the morning, having had to walk back in the rain and mud, since no taxi driver would accept my soggy banknotes, but I arrived feeling immensely satisfied after a night of non-stop dancing.

For a more detailed account of the night, check out my review of Ultra Buenos Aires on Data Transmission.

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The crowd during Nic Fanciulli’s set at Creamfields BA

My biggest festival: Creamfields

The legendary Creamfields Festival takes place in a number of countries across the globe, including England, Ireland, Spain, Mexico, Russia, Chile and of course, Argentina. I’d only ever had the UK experience, so was delighted when I managed to wangle a pair of free tickets to Creamfields BA, and full of intrigue. As I predicted, it was a lot sunnier, the crowd were a lot livelier and there was more emphasis on the music and less on fashion, food and fairground rides. I have to say though, the English version is more varied in terms of the different genres and styles, and I found myself mostly watching performances by House and Techno DJs, such as Nic Fanciulli, Tale of Us, Solomun and Gaiser in BA, as there wasn’t much Trance. I did get to see the second half of Above & Beyond’s set though, which blew me away, even though I’d already seen them so many times – a cracking way to end the night. Overall, whereas you can’t really compare this one-day event to longer festivals held in the UK, that incredible vibe given off by the crowd is something that you won’t experience in Daresbury! So many DJs rave about the atmosphere at Creamfields BA and after my experience of it, I can certainly see why.

Click to read part one and part two of my Creamfields Buenos Aires review.

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Partying in the woods at Aurora

My most surreal festival: Aurora

Aurora is Argentina’s take on the world renowned Burning Man Festival, different versions of which take place in several countries, but I was lucky enough to attend the first ever one in Argentina, and in fact the whole of Latin America. It took place in the middle of nowhere (as you would expect), surrounded by woods, fields and a lake, and was decorated with ribbons, neon mannequins and various other random objects. From start to finish, the whole experience was utterly surreal; I saw some of the most creative fancy dress outfits I’d ever seen, witnessed a wedding conducted by men in masks, danced in an illuminated forest while baby armadillos ran past my feet and, of course, saw the giant wooden man get burnt to a cinder. This was the climax of the four-day festival, provoking claps and cheers from the crowd and one man even played his violin throughout, making it all the more dramatic. The festival didn’t have a particularly large turnout, but that made it all the more special and intimate, as those that had made the journey were psyched to be there. The music ranged from from  Techno, to Psytrance, to Ambient, and live bands performed too, meaning there was something for everyone. I hear Aurora is a lot bigger these days, and it’s still going despite the ban, so I’d definitely advise checking it out if you’re in Buenos Aires in April.

Click to read my full review of Aurora.

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Saving the best till last – TimeWarp Argentina

My favourite festival: TimeWarp

Towards the end of my time in BA, I found myself developing more of an interest in Techno, as there’s so much of it around and it’s hugely popular. Fortunately for me, the legendary German festival TimeWarp took place in the city for the first time while I was there, which was pretty good timing, as it had never previously been held outside of Europe. For me, this was a reflection of the city’s commitment to electronic music and the Porteños’ flare for it. Naturally, the TimeWarp Argentina line-up was very impressive, featuring old favourites like Richie Hawtin and Chris Liebing, as well as younger DJs, Valentino Kanzyani and Barem, amongst others. A vast warehouse in the neighbourhood of Palermo hosted the festival over two days and, although I’d only planned to go on the first day, it was so incredible that I found myself going back for round two, despite the fact I was well and truly exhausted from the previous night. Everything from the sound system, to the lights and decoration, to the atmosphere were spot on and the music did not disappoint either. The highlight of the entire festival had to be Loco Dice’s three-hour set on the first night, as I adore his edgy, drum-heavy Tech-House style. It has the be said that TimeWarp Argentina well and truly lived up to the hype, though sadly it only took place once more before getting banned.

Overall, my experience of electronic music festivals in Argentina was nothing short of awesome and I hope to be able to return one day once they’ve lifted that ban- my fingers are tightly crossed…

Luminosity Beach Festival: The Ultimate Trance Festival

Last summer, I saved all my money (and energy) for one festival: Luminosity Beach Festival at Beachclub Fuel in Holland, which I can safely say was worth all the hard work and nights out I sacrificed. For pure Trance lovers like me, there really is no better Trance festival than Luminosity (or Lumi as it’s more commonly known), as it features the biggest and best names in Trance, as well as smaller, less well-known artists, who play over three days. On the beach. In the sunshine. With a bunch of other smiley-faced ravers… is that enough to entice you? If so, read on to find out more about this year’s event and how you can be a part of it.

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Waiting for the madness to begin

When is it?

Lumi’s coming up pretty soon! In just one week in fact, however day tickets are still available, so you’ll pleased to hear it’s not too late to get your hands on one. The event begins at midday on Friday June 24th and goes on till 11pm on the 26th then for the more hardcore amongst you, there’s an official afterparty which runs from midnight through to 6am. Wowzers.

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Dancing to Trance in this setting = sheer bliss

How do I get tickets?

It is no longer possible to buy weekend tickets via Eventim, the official ticket agent, however you can still purchase tickets for Friday here. If you’re itching to go for the whole weekend, have a look at the Luminosity Beach Festival Facebook page, where a number of people are selling spare tickets, or check out ticket resale websites such as Ticketswap, Stubhub and Seatwave.

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Our crew last year

Who’s playing?

Uff, who ISN’T playing! I can guarantee pretty much each and every one of your most beloved Trance DJs will be on the agenda as, like I said before, all the biggest names get asked to perform at this awesome Trance festival. Some of my personal favourites on this year’s line-up are:

Jordan Suckley
Sean Tyas
Will Atkinson
Adam Ellis
The Thrillseekers
Menno de Jong
Eddie Bitar
John Askew
Standerwick
Mark Sherry
John 00 Fleming
Indecent Noise
Sam Jones
James Dymond
Darren Porter

Head to Luminosity’s website to view the full line-up and find out when each DJ will be taking to the decks.

Lumi 3

The Thrillseekers played twice last year and smashed it both times

How do I get there?

If you’re not based in the Netherlands, you’ll firstly need to have a look at last-minute flights to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (for the best rates, use Skyscanner). From the airport, you hop on a train to Amsterdam Centraal then take another train to Zandvoort aan Zee via Haarlem, which takes roughly half an hour. Once you’re in Zandvoort, take Bus 81 to the venue, or a taxi. When I went, my friend and I hired bikes and cycled to the festival each day, which saved us a bit of money (and was a lot more fun!)

Address: Beachclub Fuel, Zeeweg 84, 2051 EB Overveen, Netherlands.

 

Where should I stay?

Pretty much everyone I know (myself included) opted to stay at Center Parcs last year, which was a great choice as it’s cheap, conveniently located and means you have plenty of options for places to keep the party going at the end of each day. Our apartment became the go-to place each night, after we hosted an after party there on the first night, which meant none of us got much sleep but it was ohhh so much fun. And yes, we continued to play Trance, Trance and nothing but Trance into the early hours of each morning.

If you’d prefer to get away from the madness and give your ears a rest at the end of the day, there are several options for hotels, including Hotel Hoogland, Hotel Zeespiegel and Amsterdam Beach Hotel. For a more extensive list, and to make reservations, visit Hotels.nl.

To get yourself in the mood, have a read of my Luminosity Beach Festival 2015 review, which I wrote for Data Transmission, and check out the official after movie below. I’m gutted I won’t be able to make it this year, but a family member is getting married, so I can’t really miss that! Have a great time if you’re planning on going, stomp hard for me and enjoy every minute.

I’ll be getting my ticket for Lumi 2017 as soon as those early birds get released…

Written by: Milly Day