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Ok, so I like electronic dance music, more specifically Trance. When I started in the 1990's, the US was a bit behind in that department.
Still, with San Francisco and San Jose nearby, I've had some opportunities to see some great EDM/Trance DJs. Back in the early 2000's, they sadly played club music in the US that was nowhere close to the hits they had composed and were known for, but over the years, as Trance started becoming more popular, those DJs finally started playing their good tunes in the US too, and maybe from 2004 on, it's only been getting better.
Popsicle Halloween 2004 was really the beginning of great music parties in the San Francisco Area, and thankfully things have gotten even better since then

As a matter of fact, after another 10 years (2015 and beyond) the good news is that Trance has grown quite a following in the US, and places like the SF Bay Area, and while Trance has been declared dead a few times in the last 10 years, it's still going strong here.
Trance Family SF is definitely strong in the area, we've been getting more big trance parties every year, including many top DJs that come visit us what feels like every other week now (as of 2018-2019), and through those events, I made many friends in Trance Family SF. Thanks to you all.

Over those years, I got the chance to meet a few of my favourite DJs, including Armin more than once, and my last hobby has been to work on lights for my shirt and pants (version 3) and (version 4)



You can find all the pictures here

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2006/09/23 Second Annual LoveFest Parade after Party
π 2006-09-23 22:30 by Merlin in Clubbing

After the LoveFest, there was the after party, and a big party it was. It brought me fond memories of the 2004 Halloween Popsicle Trance Party (for that matter, it looked pretty obvious that the same people who setup the first event, setup this one too, good job guys).
The lineup was quite nice too: Christopher Lawrence, Paul Oakenfold, and Above & Beyond as highlights. Too bad Above & Beyond were at the end of the lineup, at 03:00 when we were quite tired already, especially as they just played killer tune after killer tune. Whoever sets up those lineups, and puts Above & Beyond at the way end, first thanks for bringing them over, but please, they deserve an earlier spot: they were the highlight of the night for me.
Oh, and who do you need to kill to have the DJ timeslots in advance? Why does it have to be so hard, or almost impossible to get that simple information when it's known and set beforehand? Please, publish this on the tickets or the main web site.
But all that said, it was a great night, and a great day when you add the LoveFest in the afternoon. You can go browse the pictures and videos of the lovefest after party





















2006/09/23 Second Annual LoveFest Parade (formerly LoveParade)
π 2006-09-23 20:07 by Merlin in Clubbing

While I attended the original LoveParade in San Francisco, I ended up missing the LoveFest last year, as I was in a transcontinental plane at the time, so it was nice to be able to see what the event had turned into this year.

The path that went through Market Street was very nice and central, and the floats represented a good sample of the different kinds of electronic music you can get nowadays.
The final resting location at the Civic Center Plaza allowed for the floats to get a good resting place around park, and blast their different kinds of music around the street, for party-ers to sample and enjoy. The Burning Man enthusiasts will also have recognized some of the floats out of BM, like Opel/Zool, and the Space Cowboys.
If you'd like more, you can go look at the pictures and videos of the Second Annual LoveFest Parade









That DJ booth was right out of Burning Man







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