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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

Table of Content for clubbing:

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2019/05/26 Trance Family SF Party v2 at 1015
π 2019-05-26 01:01 in Clubbing
TFSF returned to 1015 for a 4 room set. It was 5H in 4 rooms, difficult to see it all, but we did our best (Jennifer was able to join me).

Here's close to 1H from my roving camera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D4Db10AfJo



























And here is close to 1H of DJ Blurr's set in the classics' room:

Here's another 30mn+ from the front room with Alastair James B2B Voices From Within:

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2019/05/17 My 5th EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) in Vegas
π 2019-05-17 01:01 in Clubbing
Can't believe it's been 5 years since my first EDC already, time flies.
Having learned from previous years (both EDC with the bus system, and me), I left vegas earlier (17:30 to 17:45 all 3 days), which meant not bus line, and that was great.




The shortcut through the air force base was not always faster depending on traffic to get there, but was a mostly reliable 1-1.5H trip:

empty bus line yipee!
empty bus line yipee!


nice awacs planes
nice awacs planes

Welcome to EDC, 3 more days of fun:









Basspod
Basspod

Quantum Valley, much much nicer this year with pixel forest in the foreground
Quantum Valley, much much nicer this year with pixel forest in the foreground

Daisy Lane
Daisy Lane



Rainbow Road to Kinetic Field
Rainbow Road to Kinetic Field




the calm before the storm
the calm before the storm






One fun thing at EDC are the people and costumes:



fantastic paint job, well done
fantastic paint job, well done





The dancers were nice and took pictures with us:







LED/Neopixel/RGBPanel work:




low res version of my previous shirt better coverage. Nice job
low res version of my previous shirt better coverage. Nice job








I obviously didn't resist the urge to take pictures with others:









Including friends and people I know from other events:


Afik and his new sign
Afik and his new sign


in his natural habitat
in his natural habitat

Hi Nathalie
Hi Nathalie


and then, there is this guy, it was his first EDC and he did more than great :)
and then, there is this guy, it was his first EDC and he did more than great :)

not causing trouble :)
not causing trouble :)

Random burning man-like displays and projects, as well as art:










Art cars:



burning man's mayan warrior
burning man's mayan warrior

it's a beautiful art car, just not my kind of music
it's a beautiful art car, just not my kind of music


VIP Areas (there were many kinds):



















Then, there was Pixel Forest, really really cool job, especially the music/neopixel tunnel:








Another great display were the Tesla Coil Dancers (Lords of Lightening?):





Lots of rides:










Misc:




Every day had a parade:






And yes, EDC was about music of course, let's start with Day #1:


Quantum Valley (trance) was much improved
Quantum Valley (trance) was much improved

Niko Zographos helped open the new stage with a great set
Niko Zographos helped open the new stage with a great set






Ali and Fila
Ali and Fila



above and beyond was next at circuit grounds
above and beyond was next at circuit grounds





only at EDC
only at EDC



Gareth Emery was next, for an interesting set that travelled all over
Gareth Emery was next, for an interesting set that travelled all over




And there isn't an EDC without fireworks, right after Above and Beyond's set:




Also, a lot of tech to make this all work:






Here is a summary of Day #1:

And brings up to Day #2



after Craig, I went to check out the competition a bit
after Craig, I went to check out the competition a bit





cosmic maedows
cosmic maedows

basspod
basspod



then back to Quantum Valley for Bryan Kearney
then back to Quantum Valley for Bryan Kearney


then Paul Oakenfold took over
then Paul Oakenfold took over

Nice suit :)
Nice suit :)


Ferry Corsten was next
Ferry Corsten was next


Paul van Dyk sadly only got to play a little bit before the stage was shut down for wind
Paul van Dyk sadly only got to play a little bit before the stage was shut down for wind

Sadly, there was a lot of wind on day 2 and day3. It caused a shutdown of some stages on the 2nd day:



Here is a summary of Day #2:

Then, the last day, the hardest one on your energy bank :)






Ruben was nice enough to take a picture with me
Ruben was nice enough to take a picture with me

I then tried to check out other stages again, got to see a good portion of Say My Name, which was an interesting mix of genres:








Then, it was time for Armin's set at Kinetic Field:








Armin was also nice enough to take a few pictures
Armin was also nice enough to take a few pictures

After Armin, back to Quantum Valley for Cosmic Gate:



Marlo:



And Mark Sixma:


Here is a summary of Day #3:

And it was time to get out and catch a shuttle to make my flight (which ended up being cancelled, thank you Southwest):


eventually, all good things come to an end
eventually, all good things come to an end


time to get home and race back to the airport for my flight that I found out got cancelled when my phone started getting signal again
time to get home and race back to the airport for my flight that I found out got cancelled when my phone started getting signal again

2019/05/10 Anjunabeats, Midway SF
π 2019-05-10 01:01 in Clubbing
A mere week from EDC, Anjunabeats came to San Francisco for the end of their tour.

Another day at Midway SF, this time with two rooms:




I only had enough energy for one day, and the first day was the best, with the following DJs in the main room:

  • Tinlicker
  • Grum
  • ALPHA 9 b2b Jason Ross
  • Andrew Bayer b2b Ilan Bluestone
  • Side room:

  • Qrion
  • Spencer Brown
  • Reasonable crowd:




    I definitely liked the sets from Grum, and ALPHA 9 b2b Jason Ross:









    Video Summary:

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    2019/05/03 Allen Watts at Midway SF
    π 2019-05-03 01:01 in Clubbing
    I'll admit that I didn't know Allen Watts, which was on me. I should have known him, and now I do :)

    Eugene Luu opened for the first 2 hours with a good set. We enjoyed it:




    Allen Watts took over at 23:00 for a 3H set, which was really good. It was 3 hours of goodness, and I'm very happy I got to learn about a DJ I didn't know yet and plays Trance I quite enjoy. Thank you to the folks who organized the event and got him over:








    I really enjoyed what he played, here's a quick summary:

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