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Music Events You Should Go For In 2012: Europe

Hey guys, this time we are featuring events in Europe. Unfortunately some events would have passed by the time we live these posts. Sorry about that as we are trying to blog as much as possible with our full time jobs (I don’t get much free time after work). ¬†So maybe you guys can share with us which events in Europe are worth going.

Below are the top 3 events, I really really wanna go ūüėÄ

Energy The Network

Dates: March 3

Website: http://www.energythenetwork.com/

Sadly, this awesome event happened pretty recently. It was pretty hard for me reading tweets from DJs talking about how they are preparing for this event. And because I live on the other side of the world, it makes it harder for me to go for this event. If the after movie above didn’t manage to tempt you, check out this link, Avicii’s set for the event in 2011. Are you still telling me that you are not interested ?

Sensation

Dates:

  • Hasselt – Belgium: March 17
  • Oslo – Norway: April 14
  • Santiago – Chile: April 14
  • Bucharest – Romania: April21
  • Kiev – Ukraine: May 5
  • Belgrade – Serbia: May 12
  • Prague – Czech-Republic: May 19
  • St Petersburg – Russia: June 11
  • Amsterdam – Netherlands: July 7
  • S√£o Paulo¬†– Brasil: TBC

Website: http://www.sensation.com/

One of the biggest music events so far. With a selection of places to go, you can plan your trip to the nearest one to you. But, where’s Asia ?! Hopefully they will bring such events to Asia like *ahemSINGAPOREahem*. They actually have 2 versions of the event; Sensation and Black. ¬†And the one featured above is Sensation which focuses more on House music. Black would only start in July which features music that are darker.

And people who attend this event will have to dress in white ! This will be a great event for those who likes to be indoors, away from the mosquitoes and the heat (that is if you are from a tropical country).

Tomorrowland

Dates: July 27 -29

Website: http://www.tomorrowland.be/

Tomorrowland ! Tomorrowland is my goal this year! I just love the whole branding of it and how you are just living in the world of dance music for 3 days. Away from work, school or whatever that bothers/stresses you. And each year the line up is never a disappointment. I’ll definitely get the tickets once the sale of tickets starts (provided I can save enough money by then, heh)

The different stages are such a sight! Unlike other events, the different stages at Tomorrowland all have a unique look to it. It’s just an experience that I don’t wanna miss out on. Besides the stages and branding, there’s one more thing I love about Tomorrowland, the theme song. Each year there will be a theme song for the event. In 2010: ¬†Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Dada Life & Tara Mcdonald – Tomorrow ( Give In To The Night ) In 2011: Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike and NERVO – The Way We See The World. These theme songs just has that attitude to it and being bias me, I’m totally for Dada life’s theme song for 2010’s.

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Music Events You Should Go For In 2012: USA

I must admit, I have’t been to any of these music events but had heard enough to want to fly there right away and just set myself wild. Rather then me telling you guys you should go, it’s more like my wish list of events.

We’ll start with USA first. Subsequently would be Europe and Asia Pacific.

Ultra Music Festival

Dates: March 23 Р 25

Website: http://www.ultramusicfestival.com/

It’s impossible that you don’t know about Ultra Music Festival. Debuted in 1999, this festival has been around for 13 years! It’s even harder to miss this year’s festival, the line up is super exciting! I see DJs like¬†Ti√ęsto, Avicii, Armin Van Buuren etc headlining this year’s festival.

Although it’s pretty late to get tickets for this now since it already SOLD OUT, but it’s never too late to plan for next year’s. One thing I have learnt from these kinda music festivals is that it’s always good to know when does the sales start and be ready to buy tickets on the first day because the tickets sells out so damn fast.

Electric Daisy Carnival 

Dates:  June 8 Р10

Website: http://electricdaisycarnival.com/

The name of the festival caught my attention the first time I heard it, I mean who would name a festival after the flower Daisy, right? ¬†However, thou shall not judge a festival by it’s name. After much researching and watching YouTube videos, this festival became one of the top 3 festivals in US I’m aiming to go.

It’s like those carnivals we would go when we were kids except this is for adults whereby you can just let your hair down and dance with¬†renown¬† DJs spinning the whole night ¬†and also play the rides for free ! You get to kill two birds with one stone or better phrased, you get TWO kinds of entertainment at ONE place!

Electric Zoo

Dates: August 31 – September 2

http://www.madeevent.com/ElectricZoo/

Electric Zoo Festival, although being fairly new has already made its name out there as one of the “must go” festivals in the US. Nothing fancy about it’s stage designs or location but just a simple enjoy-the-music festival. The line ups since year one has been amazing and I believe this year will be too. Are you thinking of going for this but you’re not sure if your favourite DJ is gonna be there? Currently on their website they are asking for suggestions for this year’s line up, just fill up the survey and pray that when they announce the line up, your DJ is in it. It’s not too late yet to plan for this festival ūüėČ

Do you have any other festivals that you think is great in the US ? Please share with us in the comments below. We are always excited to know more events/festivals and are skipping meals just to save money to travel all over the world to experience them.

Next up will be music events/festivals in Europe !¬†Don’t forget to come back to our blog as we try to write about everything related to dance music.

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Zoukout 2011: Armin van Buuren

Honestly, I’m not a big fan of instrumental Trance but Armin managed to get me movin’ ! It was definitely worth the wait (and¬†perseverance) at the front row. For the first half of his set, he played what he is known for – Progressive Trance. But it just gets better for me as it transcends to Vocal Trance which is what I like to believe, that is what he is trying to major in as well. Famous tracks like “Not Giving Up On Love” as well as “In And Out Of Love” were part of his playlist.

His set flowed really smoothly and seamlessly and before you know it, you are lost in his music. It’s like taking a car ride on a smooth gradual¬†up slope¬†and then a¬†down slope. Your body and mind just follows the ride, it’s almost as if you are on drugs except that you are just sucked into his world.

Armin van Buuren has probably the strongest stage presence out of all the DJs playing that night. His eyes were constantly looking at all of us and without fail, with a smile on his face. Although he was being crowned number 1 DJ for 4 consecutive years, there was not a hint of arrogance found in him. You can see him enjoying himself as he groove to his own beats. There were also lots of interaction between the crowd and him such as him returning heart shape signs and him nodding his head in acknowledgement of the crowds’ passion for his music.

As for the stage visuals, Armin van Buuren was one of the DJs that provided his own visuals. The visuals created the whole atmosphere and brought us to his world of music, but I must say that there were too much hearts going on. During the later part of his set, when he was playing his vocal trance tracks, he used his music videos for his backdrop visual which took us to a more¬†laid back and chill atmosphere. Especially when “Not Giving Up On Love” was playing with the music video, together with the sun rising at the same time, the feeling was amazing.

Armin van Burren’s Sunrise Set definitely live up to its name. Despite 13 hours of non stop music and dance, you can still see people dancing with loads of energy, even us who were there since 6pm the day before can’t help but move our bodies to the beat.

It was truly A State of Trance.

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ZoukOut 2011: Avicii


Avicii
, aka Tim Bergling is a¬†house music producer that rose to superstardom within two years and took the electronic dance music world by storm with his signature melodious tunes that’s soothing and comfortable for long hours of listening.¬†These soft, melodic tunes are usually paired with beats that’s enough to keep the adrenalin going but not causing any form of massive headaches.

This 22 year-old Swedish prodigy¬†was¬†first known for his hit instrumental single “bromance” which was later released under Ministry of Sound as “Seek Bromance” which features the vocals of Amanda Wilson. Later on, the legendary track “Levels” which features a sample of Etta James’ “Something’s got a hold on me” was also released and is now¬†played and recognized worldwide by most Djs and fans. Many times, the track “Levels” is also being noted as “The sound of 2011″… and possibly even 2012.

Despite touring for only about two years,¬†Avicii¬†immediately became a headliner act alongside¬†Armin Van Buuren¬†on this debut trip to Singapore and Zoukout 2011.¬†This talented and young Swedish is no doubt the soul behind what many defined as the “sound of now” (he is also the sole reason for my participation in ZoukOut 2011 as well as my frenzied act of standing in the front row for 9 hours awaiting for his set).

The man came out at exactly 3am after a welcoming introduction by¬†Chuckie¬†(who became the MC for the night).¬†Chuckie¬†hyped up the entire crowd who were in anticipation of¬†Avicii‘s arrival but to be honest,¬†Avicii¬†needed no warming up at all. Once onstage, he started the show with a short intro that led to a remix version of “Fade Into Darkness” by Albin Myers which was incredible because Albin Myers’ remix has a distinctly different sound which was highly energetic (and is exactly the twist to make the crowd scream as opposed to the original version of “Fade Into Darkness” which was softer). Not that the original track needed any help to drive the crowd mad but that remix was a good twist into pumping more energy into the audience.

Throughout the night,¬†Avicii¬†dropped plenty of tracks of his own, which was exactly why I enjoyed his set so much because I feel that having the original tracks played by the original artistes instead of hearing the same “at the moment” or definitive, timeless tracks that’s played all over by different people is what distinguishes a good music producer-Dj from a mediocre one. As an added bonus, it’ll probably be even more awesome if the original artistes presents their own tracks in a more refreshing way that is previously different from the released versions. That’s bonus marks for elements of surprises!

Going back to the topic, tracks like Raise Your Head & David Guetta’s Titanium’s remix both by Alesso as well as Dada Life’s Kick out the epic mother f**ker among others were dropped. The¬†choice of tracks that¬†Avicii¬†picked (which weren’t his) were generally of¬†higher energy and these tracks were kind of like the contrast to¬†Avicii‘s originals and that made the¬†entire set even more marvelous because the set consisted of an amazing blend of high-energy tunes (to keep the audience pumping) and softer melodic tunes that were so good for the ears!

Throughout the set, Avicii showed enthusiasm by singing/humming to every single track (with or without vocals) although there were instances where he seemed pretty preoccupied. Truth to be told, in the case of Avicii, I am willing to be easy on critiquing his stage presence because he has defined a music style so distinct and addictive that his music on its own is able to send everybody into a state of euphoria.

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ZoukOut 2011: Chuckie

Chuckie, a house music producer who is famous for his unique style of¬†Dirty Dutch house¬†music and have produced superbly catchy tunes hit-singles such as “What happens in Vegas” and not forgetting his latest single “Who’s ready to jump”, took over the stage at 1am with incredible energy and enthusiasm. This guy even wore his very own “Who’s ready to jump” tshirt to the show.

By the time Chuckie came out, it was almost impossible to breathe properly (due to the sudden surge of people all over trying to squeeze to the front) but that did not deter the audiences’ mood because Chuckie was constantly engaging with the audience and that totally help the crowd to forgo the huge mess (insanely packed situation) and just let their hair down and party away. By the time he dropped “What happens in Vegas”, everyone was in hyperactive mode and it was actually still early (probably 15mins past 1am).

Throughout the two hour set, there was never one second where I don’t feel the energetic vibe. Chuckie was constantly multi-tasking between tuning his tracks, engaging the audience with his upbeat moves and voice (he was constantly on the mic shouting out to the crowd). By the way, this guy makes an incredible MC and has an amazingly outgoing and fun personality which shines through because his enthusiasm is simply impossible to mimic.

Chuckie also has the ability to play only the important tunes (even to the extend of forgoing more than half the track). He knows which are the exact seconds of the tracks that’s enough to make the crowd go crazy and it totally worked because his set was just what that the audience needed – a nonstop flow of upbeat sound.

To conclude, this guy’s set was worth my every second. His energy level was magnificent and I think that’s really important since gigs are pretty much a two way thing. On the Dj’s hand, their job is to provide the ultimate experience for us (the audience) and we provide the feedback. Thus, with Chuckie‘s enthusiasm, it’s impossible to not remember this man and his gigs.

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