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2021/10/15 ADE 2021 Day #4: Luminosity's This Is Trance at Panama, Amsterdam
π 2021-10-15 01:01 in Clubbing
With covid, it had been 2 years since This Is Trance at Panama in 2019, so glad to go back, even if it was more during day hours (15:00 to 00:00 due to the midnight curfew). Actually earlier hours was just as good, it's all about the lineup, and the lineup was solid.
ADE Day #4 for my outfit, despite a lot of "close contact", survived and was still working. Even the neopixel strips were still working. I also found out that with my 3rd battery, I should get 13 to 14H runtime (about 240Wh of batteries for the 148,032 LEDs on the outfit):


The different security staff that day had a quick look at my stuff, but again was nice enough to let me in without issues, although they didn't allow people to come in with even an empty bottle of water.

Back at Panama, Panama, I missed you, and your 20cl glass bottled municipal water, as well as 2 euro fee to go use the toilets (but they are nice, you only pay once per night, and I didn't first have to exchange my money for worthless tokens, so it could be worse, haha. That was my fee to go refill my bottle of water)
It's not a huge venue and it was packed to the brim, so it definitely gave for a more intimate feel. Everyone was having a great time. Actually I wondered if anyone was sober at all, and by that I don't mean beer, haha. The crowd vibes were just amazing:



the VJs did a good job with lighting and lasers
the VJs did a good job with lighting and lasers


Paul Thomas opened at 15:00:


The Thrillseekers was next, Steve did another enjoyable set again:





Factor "I can't believe I'm getting paid to have this much fun" B was next, OMG, he was on fire:




bring it on!
bring it on!

Good to see John O Callaghan next, as always he's more calm and composed, but that didn't stop him from another great set too:


Did I mention FactorB was having a lot of fun? :)
Did I mention FactorB was having a lot of fun? :)


Aly and Fila was back again, and we didn't mind :)



FactorB went to enjoy that said in the crowd, with us
FactorB went to enjoy that said in the crowd, with us

The studio had Road Kahan and then Suncatcher & Exolight, happy to see them again after Untold in Romania:




Back in the main room, Bryan Kearney was next, and played trance that was less hard as usual. I enjoyed it more as a result:


And Manuel Le Saux closed the night:




It was also great to see the newlyweds Robert and Nadine Nickson for a group picture:


Manuel nicely played a song for them:



And after 9H the night was over, so much fun, one more picture with Suncatcher & Exolight, it was cool to meet again after Untold:


Video summary:

2021/10/14 ADE 2021 Day #3: Aly and Fila OTC at Panama, Amsterdam
π 2021-10-14 01:01 in Clubbing
ADE Day #3 was at Panama with a 6H Aly & Fila OTC, I just added a new logo to my outfit. Great to see Fadi again, just a few weeks after Untold, and a few weeks after he came to see us in SF:








Panama was not as full as the next day, but still pretty packed
Panama was not as full as the next day, but still pretty packed






Fadi was super nice with the crowd as always
Fadi was super nice with the crowd as always

Video summary:

2021/10/13 ADE 2021 Day #2: ASOT 1000 Special at AFIS Live, Amsterdam
π 2021-10-13 01:01 in Clubbing
ADE Day #2 was back at AFIS Live, this time was ASOT's 1000 celebration (ASOT 1038), as a warmup for the one that got moved to february 2022 after the unfortunate cancellation of the september show due to NL covid rules.

the T-Shirts were ready :)
the T-Shirts were ready :)

I did my best to represent TFSF
I did my best to represent TFSF

The show started at the ASOT studio and was migrated live to AFIS:





Mark Sixma was next:




Then, Armin took over for a 2H set, I had my outfit ready for him :)





we even got some live singers
we even got some live singers

great to see Susana again, singing her new single with Armin
great to see Susana again, singing her new single with Armin


The last hour was Vini Vici, both of them this time (so funny that I literally was with one of them a few days prior in SF):






While it was only 5H and really a warmup for the real ASOT 1000 rescheduled to feb 2022, given that we were all hungry for parties again, it was great to have this night:


It was also cool to be on the official stream quite a bit, like here:




Full Stream, I'm visible during these offsets: 3:07:45, 3:17:09, 3:40:21, 4:07:59, 4:09:39, 4:20:06, 4:20:17, 4:23:37, 4:39:51, 4:48:29, 5:04:48, 5:13:44, 5:21:40, 5:47:11, 5:50:54, 6:16:27, 6:18:58, 6:25:08, 6:25:57, 7:14:01, 7:14:57

My Video summary:

2021/10/12 ADE 2021 Day #1: AMF Top 100 DJ Awards at AFIS Live, Amsterdam
π 2021-10-12 01:01 in Clubbing
I was fresh off the 2 planes that got me to Amsterdam from California (no direct flight because of covid), and after getting setup in my hotel, I went straight to AFIS Live for the AMF Top 100 DJ Awards. It was obviously not a Trance event, but there was some good trance, and honestly the rest of the music was also enjoyable, so I had a good time. Due to the covid curfew, the event was only until midnight, which was fine since I was obviously jetlagged and tired :)

AFIS Life was nice enough to let me in with my outfit without issues, overall the Dutch are more pragmatic, so I wasn't overly worried (except for that Luminosity incident in 2019). I was there 15mn before it opened, so I got in quickly, but made the mistake to take a few pictures before heading for the rail, so I never made front row during the night, but I still had a great time :)


security was quick and painless
security was quick and painless


The lineup was 6H and very varied:


I had never seen Christina before, she played some good trance
I had never seen Christina before, she played some good trance


Mariana Bo was also full of energy, good show
Mariana Bo was also full of energy, good show












Armin won the 'highest trance award', haha
Armin won the 'highest trance award', haha





Then came the top 10 DJ results:

Armin got #3 again, not bad
Armin got #3 again, not bad

And David still at #1
And David still at #1

AFAS Live was a pretty big venue:




they had lasers, but they were fixed, could be a better setup I think
they had lasers, but they were fixed, could be a better setup I think

from a distance, it looked nice though
from a distance, it looked nice though


It was a good night. The only downside was AFAS had pick pockets, which thankfully would have struggled to get things from my weird pockets, but that's not cool. That was a first good night, 3 more to go :)

Video summary:

2021/10/10 Another Fleet Week in SFO
π 2021-10-10 01:01 in Flying
I cannot believe it had been 15 years since last time I went to see fleet week in 2006. Glad I decided to go back, even if this time red bull air races was not happening.
Thanks to Lee for joining me, that made it more fun.

I got a slightly better camera 15 years later, so the shots were a bit better. It was cool to see an airliner flying so close to the ground/water:



yeah for energy management, cool that the flight by wire allowed this
yeah for energy management, cool that the flight by wire allowed this



low enough to buzz the boats
low enough to buzz the boats

coast guard
coast guard





damn, that's a lot of control authority
damn, that's a lot of control authority
































Outside of driving through San Francisco and terrible parking (had to park a long ways away and bike in), it was fun :)

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2021/10/09 Above and Beyond at Stanford
π 2021-10-09 01:01 in Clubbing
After seeing Above and Beyond at Creamfields (even if creamfields kind of sucked overall), and then ABGT 450 in London, they came 20mn from my house, so even if it was only a 4H event (really short) and Stanford, I had to go of course.
The stanford security rules were a bit over the top. Almost nothing was allowwed, and they didn't want my outfit either, but thankfully a manager of a manager was nice enough to make an exception and let me in. Thank you.





Pretty Pink started at 18:00:




It got dark, went to see friends for pictures:









Andrew Bayer took over after an hour:


And by 20:00, Above and Beyond took over:










It was a bit short (only 4h), but a good night. Definitely a good night:

good crowd on saturday
good crowd on saturday

Video Summary:

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2021/10/09 Vini Vici at Midway SF
π 2021-10-09 01:01 in Clubbing
I need to keep the title short, but it was actually Tony Dex, Alastair James, Khromata, Vini Vici, and Achimyst. A lot of us arrived just around 23:00 for Khromata though because we were at Above and Beyond until 22:00.

It was 3 hours of triplet bliss, thanks to all!



















Video:

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2021/10/02 TranceFamily SF Festival, 10H, 4 rooms, Bliss!
π 2021-10-02 01:01 in Clubbing
Everyone had been shelterd a home for too long, last year we had an epic 72H twitch stream, but well, it was online only. This time it was in person again, with 4 rooms, people, friends, and lasers! The lineup was stacked.

Bright at early in the afternoon due to a 02:00 curfew
Bright at early in the afternoon due to a 02:00 curfew

friends from arount the world, re-united
friends from arount the world, re-united

nice TFSF kandy :)
nice TFSF kandy :)

Hi Ryan :)
Hi Ryan :)

And it was picture night, woohoo!


great to meet Somna
great to meet Somna

I recently added that for Sean Tyas :)
I recently added that for Sean Tyas :)

so nice to finally meet GO, he's a bit crowd shy :)
so nice to finally meet GO, he's a bit crowd shy :)


even M.I.K.E. and Sean at the end
even M.I.K.E. and Sean at the end

Time to party :)





did I say the lineup was stacked? yes, it was
did I say the lineup was stacked? yes, it was

vynil classics
vynil classics



So many sets happening at the same time. I saw a good part of Somna's set, but wish I had done the entire set




Findtherabbit doing an excellent job with visuals, Somna's set was so much better with them
Findtherabbit doing an excellent job with visuals, Somna's set was so much better with them


Jumping back and forth between stages:


Sean Tyas, great set too
Sean Tyas, great set too

Somna then handed over to Alessandra Roncone, I think it was a first for her in SF




But there was more, things just didn't stop:





Did I mention lasers?| Life is better with lasers, isn't it?









But it wasn't time to stay in one place, if you did, you missed out:


fuck you MF :)
fuck you MF :)

M.I.K.E. finished the night on mainstage:



And that was it, the night was over, so much good trance, absolutely the best event TFSF has ever had. Ulrich, you outdid yourself, thank you!

Ulrich and Sony
Ulrich and Sony

Video Summary:

And after party at Afik's, thank you;




By 05:00 it was finally time to go home, after such a great day, thank you to all.

2021/09/09 My First Untold, Beyond Expectations
π 2021-09-09 01:01 in Clubbing, Festivals

this coveted picture took many tries, hard shot, and always people in the way :)
this coveted picture took many tries, hard shot, and always people in the way :)

I had heard about untold after Armin's massive 7H+ sets there, and multiple DJs saying how much they liked playing there, and that it was their favorite festival, so I had to check it out.
With CV19, I'm sure it was not exactly as great as it could have been (including Armin unfortunately deciding not to play there this year, and playing in Bucharest 2 weeks later, sigh, why Armin?), but Untold was still plenty great for me. I agree that it's one of the best festivals I've gone to, and simply the best in some metrics (like having almost the entire town attend, including kids).


I took over 2500 pictures, almost 4H of video, and about 10H of work to put everything together and condense down to this blog post. If you'd like to see more pictures:

  • Bestof Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/WVfzpNzmLp4tk2VLA
  • All photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/WVfzpNzmLp4tk2VLA
  • I used the opportunity to do a 4 day tour of Romania between Bucharest and Cluj where the festival is held, and arrived thursday afternoon just as the early acts of the festival had started. By then, there was a monster 1-2H line for getting wristbands to get in (you could get them in other locations and earlier if you had planned), but thankfully VIP had a separate entrance with no line:

    entrance with lines on both sides
    entrance with lines on both sides

    and lines went way back
    and lines went way back

    they required covid vaccination or a test every 2 days, thankfully they did accept my CDC vaccination card
    they required covid vaccination or a test every 2 days, thankfully they did accept my CDC vaccination card

    I however never received my PDF ticket, so I had to go to a special place to get my ticket verified and a wristband, it was sorted reasonably quickly
    I however never received my PDF ticket, so I had to go to a special place to get my ticket verified and a wristband, it was sorted reasonably quickly

    The one rant I'll have is how Untold forces you to use their digital money on your RFID wristband. Maybe in the past, it was easier and faster to have contactless money, but in this day and age of contactless credit cards, it's absolutely stupid that they still force you to use it. It was cumbersome, didn't work for me (told me it failed when I added money, but it didn't fail, it took my money 3 times), and after it had a bunch of money, I still couldn't see it on my phone or spend it because the whole thing was broken and had to go to a special place to get it fixed. It worked eventually, but it was all pointless and a waste of time if I have contactless credit cards (which I do). And of course you also have to worry about getting your left money back at the end too. I hope they get the hint and switch to a dual system in the future:


    Ok, other small rant, I'm not a fan of commercials on the screens in between sets:


    Anyway, let's get started!




    Security is something I really liked at Untold. They did it well on many levels:

  • perimeter security was quite good (hard to get in without being checked, unlike both creamfields and luminosity that gave me grief and had such glaring holes in their security, so they literally were only annoying to honest people)
  • I was wary of the entrance check, especially after the utter BS at creamfields, and also because my LED backpack was a bit over the allowed size, but they were super nice. They really only looked for big weapons and didn't waste time opening all your stuff looking for drugs that they wouldn't really find anyway. Of course, no attack dogs looking for drugs person by person like at creamfields. They asked me a few questions the first day about my outfit which indeed looks a bit unusual, and when they saw what it was, I was in 15 seconds later. That was super, thank you.
  • One way they kept the event safe was an impressive amount of police, army, and even firemen. It felt like the entire city was there to keep things safe. I thought that was great, well done!
  • Romania also has had less to worry about terrorism, which is nice. England was way over the top about it, and being a real pain to everyone
  • yeah, I didn't quite meet that, but they were nice enough to let it slide
    yeah, I didn't quite meet that, but they were nice enough to let it slide

    nice that they were giving bands for bag ok'ed
    nice that they were giving bands for bag ok'ed

    they were also hiring :)
    they were also hiring :)




    Another thing I really have to mention is how clean the place was, both because people were being more responsible, but also because they had crews cleaning continuously during the entire night. Well done!


    The People

    The crowds and people attending are what makes the event truly special, and why I love festivals. The vibe is not the same everywhere, at creamfieldss, there were some nice outfits, but virtually no LEDs/lights/glow sticks. Luminosity, very few outfits even, but while untold wasn't on par with US insomniac events with the amount of wearable night lights, it definitely was for everything else.

    Lots of places where you could get costumes, makeup, tatoos:





    even small girls
    even small girls

    Ah yes, did I mention children? Children were allowed, no age restriction as long as the youngest ones came with parents. How refreshing:

    Mainstage :)
    Mainstage :)


    Multiple groups playing music, wearing outfits, and entertaining the crowds:














    really talented acrobats
    really talented acrobats

    Quick video with their skills:

    People had fun taking pictures:


    And this, don't ask me, but it was fun:




    Trance crowds:



    too funny, pinktranceguy and I met at ASOT ADE
    too funny, pinktranceguy and I met at ASOT ADE

    And many trance DJs were so nice and took pictures with us. I got new additions to my DJ collection, thank you:





    RAM
    RAM

    Susanna
    Susanna

    Roman Messer
    Roman Messer

    Gardenstate
    Gardenstate




    It was a bit light on LEDs (ha!), but I found a few, including making a new LED friend, Alex (Oleksandr Rozhok). We will slowly convert/encourage others to wear LEDs (I saw some LED shoes and glasses):


    If anyone is curious, this is actually the crap I was wearing :) (not counting the 2nd computer and huge batteries in the fanny pack around my belt):


    This is version #5 of my LED outfit, this version is still a prototype being worked on, but if you are curious, this page has details on how and why: https://medium.com/@merlin_69010/how-to-be-a-peacock-engineer-in-the-world-of-edm-with-an-outfit-from-a-few-leds-to-37440-leds-c7d0cf759a49

    And yes, I hopefully helped making the place more fun too. Many people gave me smiles and took pictures with me. Of course, the unexpected thing was I ended up on local TV news the first night, so I was a bit of a celebrity to take pictures with :)


    The grounds

    They have a pretty nice location, an entire park fenced off (solid perimeter by the way), and a huge arena. Nice grounds:



    getting a good picture with this covettted sign turned out to be hard :)
    getting a good picture with this covettted sign turned out to be hard :)


    lots of random decors, they were nice
    lots of random decors, they were nice

    I've only seen this level of decors at EDC, well done untold!
    I've only seen this level of decors at EDC, well done untold!



    There were games and attractions:




    I even got to play a bit :)
    I even got to play a bit :)



    Of course, plenty of things look better at night


    I'm told that if you aren't sober, the pictures move :)
    I'm told that if you aren't sober, the pictures move :)





    They had a bit of fireworks every night, but they were really only visible from the Arena, where I never was during the short time they were shot. They were definitely not EDC caliber, but that's fine



    As far as amusement rides, go, they only really had a couple, and you had to pay for them, so creamfields and EDC were ahead there. Still, 2 is better than nothing :)



    took a ride for some pictures, but they weren't EDC level great
    took a ride for some pictures, but they weren't EDC level great



    nicer at night
    nicer at night


    VIP was Ok, but maybe not super necessary. I only found a VIP section in the main arena where I spent almost 0 time:

    well organized
    well organized

    they had massage chairs, and they were nice :)
    they had massage chairs, and they were nice :)

    the VIP area was ok, but it was a side view, not great for nice pictures
    the VIP area was ok, but it was a side view, not great for nice pictures

    and they had the annoying uber VIP within VIP, areas you coudln't actually go to. In the end, I didn't bother much
    and they had the annoying uber VIP within VIP, areas you coudln't actually go to. In the end, I didn't bother much

    Smoking... OMG everyone smokes in Romania. They had almost as many cigarette stands as beer stands. IF you bought enough and won some golden ticket, you could go on some fancy ride. They were nice enough to let me ride with a group of 2 and it was very cool. Lucky were the few who got to ride it:



    Here's a video of 5 degrees of freedom:

    The Main Arena

    I actually spent very little time there (again, sad that we didn't get an Armin mega-set), but it looked good when I went, just the music wasn't my favorite, except when Paul Van Dyk played.


    all kinds of artists, including singers (not just EDM)
    all kinds of artists, including singers (not just EDM)

    Main arena had the best lighting by far, it was impressive
    Main arena had the best lighting by far, it was impressive





    There is one issue with the main stage, it's fantastic, but they have huge structure on top and behind the sound booth that totally blocks the view, that just doesn't make sense and really prevents seeing the stage from the other side, kind of sad:


    even a bit sideways, the stage view is blocked
    even a bit sideways, the stage view is blocked

    but nice lasers :)
    but nice lasers :)

    Daydreaming Stage

    I spent most of my time at the fortune stage, but the nearby was the daydreaming stage was definitely trippy. The music was "interesting". I'm sure it was great if you were high :) Since it was playing trippy stuff, it would have been great to add psytrance there.







    the sound engineer was running the show from the middle of the crowd, sweet!
    the sound engineer was running the show from the middle of the crowd, sweet!

    The beginning of this video has a bit of the music played at Daydeaming, with a OMG remix of bohemian rapsody:

    Other Stages

    There were 7 stages total (I think some years, even more). Some were not for me, but some others were cool, like one that played good drum and bass at times (I missed most of it, it was too far of a walk from fortune). Nostalgia was not why I was there, but quite cool too:



    a random DJ stage outside the arena
    a random DJ stage outside the arena


    Day #1

    The event opened quite early (14:00 or so), but most stages only really started at 20:00, so I was there in time for the start of Trance at the fortune stage where I spent most of my 4 days due to the really good lineup of trance DJs:



    the fortune stage had quite decent lighting
    the fortune stage had quite decent lighting

    great to see solarstone again
    great to see solarstone again



    cosmic gate was next
    cosmic gate was next

    always happy to see JoC, even if he didn't play my most favorite set of his
    always happy to see JoC, even if he didn't play my most favorite set of his

    Bryan Kearney, although tech/hard trance isn't my thing as much
    Bryan Kearney, although tech/hard trance isn't my thing as much


    That was it for Day #1, I didn't go to bed too late (left a bit after 03:00), although I ended up missing Alex M.O.R.P.H., he wasn't shown on the schedule and I missed him :(

    Day #1 summary video:

    Day #2


    Men-D was a Cluj local, interesting and very different music
    Men-D was a Cluj local, interesting and very different music


    Aly & Fila B2B Paul Thomas, and interesting B2B
    Aly & Fila B2B Paul Thomas, and interesting B2B


    GO was next, energetic set as always
    GO was next, energetic set as always




    Richard Durand
    Richard Durand


    Paul Van Dijk closed the night in the main arena
    Paul Van Dijk closed the night in the main arena





    Even though it was 05:00 by the time PvD ended, some stages kept playing:


    I ended up leaving as the nostalgia stage was still playing probably until sunrise

    Day #2 summary video:

    Day #3







    gret to see Ruben de Ronde again
    gret to see Ruben de Ronde again


    Andrew Rayel
    Andrew Rayel



    The biggest treat of day #3 was Susanna singing live, and she sang a lot for us, that was lovely:




    The local trance DJ, Roman Messer was next with an excellent set too:



    and bogdan finished the night
    and bogdan finished the night

    Day #3 summary video:

    Day #4

    Saved the best for last, Day #4 was over 12H for me, and really good, Gardenstate started with an excellent 2.5H set:




    Markus was next
    Markus was next



    Will Atkinson did one of his hard/tech trance sets, not my favorite as much, but still some good tracks
    Will Atkinson did one of his hard/tech trance sets, not my favorite as much, but still some good tracks

    And then, a really powerful Craig Connelly B2B FactorB, awesome:



    Craig was focussed :)
    Craig was focussed :)


    Craig almost went crowdsurfing :)
    Craig almost went crowdsurfing :)

    De WLT (Dana) finished the night, good set too
    De WLT (Dana) finished the night, good set too

    After the last set, I ran out about 10mn early as I had to hurry back to my accomodation, pack my stuff quickly and get an uber to the airport to get a flight taking off for Paris just 2H later (only flight every 2-3 days, Cluj has a small airport).

    Day #4 summary video:

    Conclusion

    Untold is truly special, it is very much a festival of its own kind, and while not the same as EDC Vegas, definitely on the same level in many ways:
  • many stages, but unlike creamfields, they all had proper sound and attention to detail with people who really cared to do as great a job as possible (the 2 trance states at creamfields had terrible sound and pityful visuals)
  • decors and attractions, many of them, definitely on par with EDC, they probably cost a bit less, but it's not about money, it's about the atmosphere, and that atmosphere was great
  • the people, the performers, they were definitely on par with EDC (creamfields had exactly 0 for comparison)
  • security done right, I wrote about that above, thank you. I really felt it was all about having a good time
  • super clean, as said earlier, they really worked hard on keeping the event clean in real time
  • it's a whole city festival. You definitely hear the music multiple kilometers inside the city up to 06:00, anyone trying to sleep at home probably needs earplugs. Not sure how they get away with it, but thanks to the residents for allowing this (of course, many also attend the event at probably reduced prices, which is only fair)
  • Suggestions:

  • allow use of contactless credit cards
  • add psytrance to the daydreaming stage
  • several DJs were changed but not reflected in the untold app (schedule was not updated), and the online web schedule was hard to find, please fix that, I missed sets due to the incorrect times
  • ask@untold.com never answered the question I sent, weeks in advance. Use a ticket system?
  • more VIP benefits? VIP seemed a bit useless outside of main stage
  • more rides?
  • Untold was a great experience, and I'm sure it wasn't even a 100% of what it was supposed to be due to covid restrictions and artist cancellations, but honestly I was thoroughly impressed and really enjoyed it. The best part was that I was able to sleep literally 5mn from the festival entrance, that beats EDC by so much where my bed is over 1H away.
    To all the organizers of untold, and active participants: thank you.

    Love you too Alex, thanks for all the glow sticks and great vibes!
    Love you too Alex, thanks for all the glow sticks and great vibes!

    My LED outfit barely survived these 10 days of festivals and 3 planes + trains, it got more and more damaged but I was able to fix it and keep it limping along until the last day. In the end, after going through my 3 spare LED strips, I was left with one broken strip on my arm a few hours before the end of day #10, not bad.
    I'll need to update this page with details on my v5 outfit: https://medium.com/@merlin_69010/how-to-be-a-peacock-engineer-in-the-world-of-edm-with-an-outfit-from-a-few-leds-to-37440-leds-c7d0cf759a49

    2021/09/03 ABGT 450 at Drumsheds, London
    π 2021-09-03 01:01 in Clubbing, Festivals
    Well, festivals had been cancelled for over 1.5 years now, and that weekend there were 2 to choose from, ASOT 1000 and ABGT (which itself was a reschedule from an earlier data), but ASOT got cancelled, so that made the choice easier.

    So, I did:

  • Creamfields
  • Trance on the Thames with Thrillseekers
  • ABGT 450 at Drumsheds, London (this page)
  • I have to give a big thanks to the Drumsheds staff for allowing me in with my LED backpack (which was oversized), and LED outfit, which was within the rules, but because wires and bombs and scared people, could have been denied (like it was at Creamfields where the security staff was much less nice and didn't give a rat's ass that they were pointlessly punishing customers):





    plenty of drink options and some decent enough food
    plenty of drink options and some decent enough food

    So great to see my friends again, ironic that we have to go around the world to meet :)



    Natalie came with a lot of dancing energy :)
    Natalie came with a lot of dancing energy :)


    The ABGT favorites of the year opened the day:






    oh no, I have bad news for you :)
    oh no, I have bad news for you :)







    trancewax, not really trance, though
    trancewax, not really trance, though


    tony means business :)
    tony means business :)


    genix was not really my favorite
    genix was not really my favorite





    Ilan did a nice set again
    Ilan did a nice set again


    better gear than me :)
    better gear than me :)

    And then it was finally time for the trio, ABGT is the only time you don't get a random 2 out of 3 :)


















    and the signature wave off
    and the signature wave off

    We sure had a great time:




    Video summary:

    Natalie and I made it to the live stream a bit:

    This was obviously not ABGT350 Prague scale, but given the travel restrictions (and the UK sure made it a pain to travel there, not counting the required additional covid test required for foreigners as their vaccine cards were not recognized), this was a good party, plenty of people were still able to attend.
    Those who know me, know that I've become a bit wary of Above and Beyond shows since they include more and more random EDM genres that I don't appreciate as much (yes, that's on me), but this set was enjoyable overall, not too much 'deep' which really isn't my thing (indeed, that was kept for the next day).
    Thanks to everyone, including again Drumsheds for letting me in with my outfit and LED backpack, which sure wasn't true of creamfields.

    And yes, getting up at 06:00 the next morning to catch a flight to Romania for untold festival, was a bit rough, but it's all worth it in the end :)

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