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…

My 3 Must-Visit Electronic Music Festivals in Europe This Summer

In my last post, I wrote about Luminosity Beach Festival, my favourite festival of 2015, which sadly I’m unable to return to this year. However, I’m planning to make up for it by attending three other awesome events, which are about as different from one another as they could be. Below are details of my must-visit electronic music festivals in Europe this summer and reasons why I think you should join me at each one.

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Will Atkinson at Captured Festival 2015

1. O.Z.O.R.A
Location: Dadpuszta, Hungary
Date: August 1st – 7th
Tickets: €100 – €130

O.Z.O.R.A. Festival is one of the biggest open-air gatherings and, with its location in a lush green valley just 30km from Lake Balaton, it is the perfect place to embrace nature and music, and simply let go. The festival brings together DJs and producers of Psytrance, Goa Trance, Techno and Acid House, who will keep the audience entertained each evening through to the following afternoon on two stages – the Main Stage and Dragon’s Nest, both of which are decorated with colourful tapestries and psychedelic patterns. However, this festival does not revolve solely around music; it’s about bringing people together to share knowledge, ideas and experiences. There are also daily yoga sessions and a variety of workshops on everything from alternative massage therapies to batik. Sounds a bit like a playground for adults, no?

Why it’s in my top 3

I love the idea of a week-long outdoor party, plus I’m just so intrigued, as I keep being told there are no words to describe Ozora; you simply have to go to find out what all the fuss is about. Looks like I’ll have to get my hands on a ticket then!

What to expect

The banner greeting visitors at the festival site reading “Welcome to paradise!” should give a pretty good indication of what the festival is like.

Artist I most want to see

Progressive Techno duo Nanoplex, not only because my good friend Chris Williams makes up one half, but also because I love their sound.

Useful links

Ozora website
Facebook event page
View full line-up
Buy tickets

2. Captured
Location: Benimussa Park, Ibiza.
Date: September 11th
Tickets: €39.50 – €65

Captured Festival is run by Driftwood Ibiza, the guys who put on the fantastic Trance boat parties and Sunk nights at Vista Club, but this takes place in a rather more unusual setting: an abandoned zoo. I was lucky enough to be able to go to Captured last year, and it certainly did not disappoint. This year, the line-up is even more spectacular and, with three arenas featuring laser shows, visuals, dancers and even magicians (say whaaat) I can guarantee it will be just as good, if not better. On the Main Stage, you’ve got the big names playing Future Trance and Progressive, whilst the DJs at the Seal Pit will be spinning vinyl only (expect to hear some true classics). 2016 also sees the introduction of the Animal Hospital, where some of the best Hard Dance acts will take to the decks, so if you like your beats a little more pounding, then this is the place to be! As well as these arenas, the venue is home to an open air pool, several chill-out areas, a massage area and a string of food and merchandise stalls- you can’t ask for much more than that.

Why it’s in my top 3

It’s Ibiza’s only Trance festival and I’m a Trance nut, so I couldn’t possibly head to the White Isle without paying a visit to this one! Also, who can say no to a festival held in a zoo?!

What to expect

Euphoric Trance music, friendly faces (most of which will be adorned with animal themed face paints) and the vibe of a huge festival combined with the intimacy of a much smaller one. Oh, and plenty of sunshine of course 🙂

Artist I most want to see

Menno de Jong. He played at Captured last year and stole the show, in my opinion.

More information

Captured website
Facebook event page
View full line-up
Buy tickets

3. Sunfall
Location: Brockwell Park, London.
Date: July 9th
Tickets: £50 – £62.50

Sunfall is being brought to the UK for the first time this year by the team behind Outlook and Dimensions Festivals, who have joined forces with three London clubs – Phonox, The Nest and XOYO – to create a unique event that reflects London’s eclectic music scene. There are two parts to this festival; a daytime rave in Brockwell Park, and several after parties with different themes, with one ticket granting you access to both the main event and an after party of your choice (I’ve gone for Dimensions with Ryan Elliott and Joy Orbison). The best bit about Sunfall is that, unlike all other London festivals, there is no curfew, meaning you can keep the party going till the wee hours of the morning. The festival programmer, whose name is Andy Peyton, said the following: “Our background is in London clubbing, we understand the importance of great sound and longer sets. With Sunfall we wanted to bring that attention to detail to the British summer festival we know and love. Our day-to-night concept allows us to marry these two cultures.” Cheers Andy!

Why it’s in my top 3

It’s a brand new festival and I’m always up for trying something new, plus I like the concept of having one main event and lots of after parties. I’m a sucker for an after party, as I don’t appear to have a stop button!

What to expect

A wide range of electronic music performances, from House and Techno, to Dubstep and Drum ‘n’ Bass, by both renowned artists and more underground DJs.

Artist I most want to see

It would have to be Ben Klock, as I saw him play at Industrial Copera in Granada and he absolutely blew me away. After four hours of relentless stomping, I could no longer feel my feet.

Useful links

Sunfall website
Facebook event page
View full line-up
Get tickets

I’ll be writing reviews of each of these festivals too, so stay tuned!

Written by: Milly Day

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.

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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