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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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2024/05/17 Back to my Yearly Happy Place, EDC Vegas
π 2024-05-17 01:01 in Clubbing, Edc, Festivals
So this year is a bit special, 2 EDCs! I indeed went to EDC Mexico as a last minute thing, and it is a pretty good scaled down version of EDC Vegas. It was a lot of fun, but of course it doesn't really compare with the real EDC, honestly I think nothing in the world, does.


In the last years, a lot of people are now camping by EDC, which helps the traffic somewhat:


That said, I've heard the shiftpods in CampEDC, are a joke, and that the heat is unbearable in them despite some AC that can't keep up with the Vegas sun. To be honest, it always felt like a bad idea to me, and I guess RVs are probably the only thing that are somewhat reasonable and indeed save you the daily 1h+ commute in and out. I still went with that using the premium shuttles which kept the travel time to 1H or less, but they are not cheap ($250-ish per person). The regular shuttles are half price, but the lines are much longer...

Great to start with this reminder:


yes to plur and good vibes!
yes to plur and good vibes!

This is what the craziness looks during the day:



but of course that's nothing from the magic at night:



So, let's go back and look around:

The Grounds:

Few people can ever say they saw all of EDC, because even if you try there is a lot, and if you count Passport that few people have access to, all the VIP areas, or the big Skydeck area for Kinetic Fields, with its own grounds and attractions, or the Artist/DJ Village, few people have access to all of it. And even if you do, it's easy to miss some small corner somewhere or even something not that small like No Man's Land by wasteland:




The VIP areas were cool:


this rain/water maze was definitely fun
this rain/water maze was definitely fun



nice raised area by Kinetic Fields
nice raised area by Kinetic Fields





Passport is also a nice area as always and good vantage point of the craziness:






great views from there
great views from there


Of course you'll also find random stuff like video games:


Downtown EDC was moved, but the square area in the middle is lots of fun:




kandi casino was awesome again
kandi casino was awesome again


More nice areas:



And more:





Plenty of vendors. Most were fine, but I wasn't a huge fan of the vaping one looking to hook more people to nicotine, and I don't overly mind the pot vendor(s) since honestly at least that provides some benefits to some and isn't nearly as addictive:






So many rides again, too bad the lines were so long...










yes, you can get help :)



As always, a good way to see EDC, is from higher up, and the ferris wheels are the best way to do it:







Fireworks and Drones

Of course fireworks are one of the best things from EDC, 01:41 every night this year:










Fireworks video here:

The People

I often tell people, especially in Europe, that one of the things I really enjoy about US festivals, is the amount of costumes and other cool outfits. Obviously I do my best to participate to that trned:












TFSF Group picture:



Of course, running into friends is a good part of the fun:


and fun totems, 'this is the way'
and fun totems, 'this is the way'


I've made some great friends from EDC/Dreamstate shows, some are engineers like me :)
I've made some great friends from EDC/Dreamstate shows, some are engineers like me :)

Hi Ulrich! :)
Hi Ulrich! :)


TFSF Crew
TFSF Crew

Kandi is serious business :)
Kandi is serious business :)

More TFSF Crew
More TFSF Crew

The Insomniac entertainers were fantastic as always:




check out the costumes!
check out the costumes!

Pixie again! Much love.
Pixie again! Much love.

And it was so much fun to be able to meet favorite DJs as always:


Got to see Daxson 4 times in 2 weeks :)
Got to see Daxson 4 times in 2 weeks :)

haha, normally I clean my lens better than this :)
haha, normally I clean my lens better than this :)

Kepik, the new 7 lions!
Kepik, the new 7 lions!

But anyway, let's get on with the festival:

Day #1

Just like last years, took an uber on the first day to get there early since the shuttles get stuck in commuter traffic on fridays, and went to enjoy the grounds. The shuttles were nice, but I don't understand why the first shuttle got moved to 18:30 instead of 18:00. Taking the 18:00 shuttle allowed to arrive for 19:00 and not miss the first set, leaving at 18:30 guarantees arriving late :-



interesting new church design for Kinetic Fields
interesting new church design for Kinetic Fields

Quantum Valley was again fantastic this year
Quantum Valley was again fantastic this year

Paul did a nice set this year
Paul did a nice set this year

seeing GO again just a few days after Rong/Malta
seeing GO again just a few days after Rong/Malta








Video Summary:

Day #2

Day #2 was almost mostly spent at Quantum Valley, because trance! :)

Great to see Miyuki rise all the way to EDC, congrats!


seeing sunset is always lovely
seeing sunset is always lovely













Video Summary:

Day #3

Day 3 was time to roam around and go check out everything else. 15 stages total counting the art cars, that's a lot! (actually I think there were more stages if you count passport and others).






Made sure not to miss Seven Lions at Circuit Grounds, epic set!





Then Cosmic Meadows:


And finished the night all the way to sunrise at Quantum Valley:




Stayed mostly until the end, always nice to see sunrise on the way out:



Video Summary:

Should you go? Would I go Back?

At this point, note that this text is mostly the same as last years, since it's still valid :)

EDC Vegas is probably the most impressive EDM Night Festival in the world. Tomorrowland is a rival but it's not a night festival as more challenges I'm not as much a fan of (never mind of course the distance for me or the fact that you mostly can't buy tomorrowland tickets, while you can for EDC).

Like previous times:

  • Decors are just fantastic, along with so many performers. That's the best part about EDC. Even better now that I know and recognize some of the performers (Hi Pixie)
  • Like other insomniac festivals, all the staff truly cares and goes all out. Many small details that get sometimes missed elsewhere, are usually flawless. I'll even add that actually they are the most detail oriented, over achieving people I have seen. The amount of small details I absolutely do notice, how every corner of the racetrack is used for decors, the amount of light strings and LEDs, across ridiculous distances, and it just works all night, every night (nothing seems to ever break)!?!? I have no words.
  • This year again, security was more than reasonable as usual, thank you. Enough police onsite to help keep things safe, I personally like that.
  • 19:00 to 05:30 is 10:30h of partying for 3 days, lots of fun! Actually first day does start at 17:00 (Cosmic Meadows only), and the next 2 days that used to start at 17:00 do not anymore, but I'm sure that for those at Camp EDC, there are plenty of parties there.
  • So many free carnival rides, lots of fun, but the lines were too long for most, wasn't able to justify spending the time in line to enjoy them.
  • So many stages also, 15 if you count art cars this year!
  • Is it worth flying across the world for? Yes, absolutely, there is nothing else like this on earth.
  • Conclusion/Other thoughts

    Thoughts about this year:

  • Insomniac: please give exact GPS pin locations for the projected shuttle stops. Sometimes they are 1 mile away from the fake address given and it really makes a difference when picking hotels
  • Insomniac: why were the first shuttles moved to 18:30? Please put them back to 18:00 so that you can take that and not miss the first set.
  • Insomniac: I'm sure you read the comments on people with a very bad experiences and serious medical issues (heat exhaustion) related in Camp EDC. Given the cost of those, please make sure they have proper shade, burning man style, or it's not going to work and continue to ruin the experiences of people who can't deal with that amount of heat in the day.
  • Insomniac: Quantum Valley was absoutely gorgeous this year again, way better than all stages from dreamstate queen mary combined. Please bring back upside down U megastructures for dreamstate.
  • I got used to the 2 day only trance lineup and going around to enjoy everything else on day 3. All in all that's actually a good thing.
  • Moving Quantum Valley next to Kinetic Fields and the shuttles entrance/exit was sooo convenient for me. I'm of course biased about my own preference there, but loved that :)
  • EDC continued to add new art installations, removed a few, moved stages around, kept things fresh. I liked that.
  • I'll repeat that all the insomniac staff and insomniac entertainers were top notch as always. I mean seriously they were jumping and smiling all night each time I saw them. I know it's their job, but kudos to them for having so much positive energy for so long.
  • The toxic waste depot in the tunnel where pixel forest tunnel used to be, was a very cool new installation
  • The visuals on all stages were top notch again. Nothing beats EDC there.
  • Thank you to everyone at the insomniac team, all the performers, all the volunteers who put so much effort into making so many details right all over the place, with the great result that we all got to enjoy..

  • Pictures of all 3 days: https://photos.app.goo.gl/tDLDSZUVMMsuHYRd8
  • Pictures of the grounds and people: https://photos.app.goo.gl/M8qBujTm7d5jm1qK8
  • Concatenation of all the IG stories I recorded during the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp_-sV3x-uk
  • Summary of Day #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QyWZx2Eucg
  • Summary of Day #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7Ye2mkD41E
  • Summary of Day #3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYlsVdB0RSI
  • So long, see you next time!

    So long, my dreamstate girlfriends :)
    So long, my dreamstate girlfriends :)

    2024/05/16 2nd Dreamstate EDC Pre-Party at Area 15
    π 2024-05-16 01:01 in Clubbing, Edc
    Just like EDC 2023 only had 2 days of trance this year at Quantum Valley, EDC 2024 on, it was nice to have another Dreamstate Pre-Party at Area15. Area15 was better this year than last year, they worked out some of the kinks from last year, which was good.

    This year, we got to get in via the normal area15 entrance, which is prettier and more fun:



    cool entrance
    cool entrance

    This year had a great lineup, and some very interesting B2Bs:









    Great to see Daxson again just a few days after just a few days in Malta
    Great to see Daxson again just a few days after just a few days in Malta



    Miyuki!
    Miyuki!



    lovely to see thorgodofbass again
    lovely to see thorgodofbass again

    good crowd
    good crowd


    Rinaly!
    Rinaly!




    :)
    :)



    Then we had cool B2Bs:





    Then the night ended with a unique B2B between Blastoyz and Infected Mushroom, I have most of the set recorded below:




    And here is a video summary of the rest of the night:

    Good night and pre-party for EDC 2024!

  • BestOf Photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Zn4eCkKxatFzwe8C8
  • IG Stories Combined: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhMTwsZwj4Q
  • 2024/05/09 Rong Open Air Festival Malta 2024
    π 2024-05-09 01:01 in Clubbing, Festivals


    Rong Events is not new at festivals, but it was their first time organizing one in Malta, and it went really well. I think the best way you can summarize the festival is that it's a Malta version of Unkonscious in Thailand:

  • mostly by the beach/nice weather
  • some regular clubs and some beach clubs
  • multiple locations (4 total)
  • optional boat party
  • more intimate, easier to meet DJs smaller, scale festival, more cozy (like lumi used to be, but less today as it has grown)
  • 2 stages at most. No major fomo of missing lots of sets every hour :)
  • plenty of partying at night with cool lights, lasers, fireworks (unlike lumi which is over 90% during the day in blazing sun and often with insufficient shade)
  • this is not a competitor to lumi, this is what lumi likely used to be when it was still small an more intimate, and before it became the maybe over big event it is today. Some will prefer the craziness of 4 stages 11H straight at lumi (puting aside the sound bleed and other issues with 2 stages) at lumi, while others will prefer 1 or 2 stages and less running around. To each their own.
  • Unkonscious was 6 days and more spread out (longer distances, up to 2H between places), Rong Malta was only 4 days and places were 30mn away at most (from Cafe del mar to Uno or the boat party pier).
  • Was 4 days not as good as 6? Oh boy no, 4 days was plenty. I had so much fun and was so dead at the end. Honestly 6 days of Unkonscious was almost gruesome, no I was good with 4. The 2 festivals of course do not compete that much because of how far away they are. Even for me in California, Thailand is still farther away by plane than Malta, and for Europeans Malta is of course a much easier hop.

    The one slight downside of both festivals is it's a bit harder to figure out where to stay or whether to change hotels. In the case of Unkonscious, you had to move at least once (from Pattaya to Bangkok). In the case of Rong Open Air Festival Malta, things were close enough that you could stay anywhere and use bolt to get around within 20 to 30mn at most, not bad. The festival did come with a hotel package (Bora Bora hotel), but in hindsight it was probably not the best choice as most things happened at Uno, and I found the $150 "booking" fee in the package (added to the hotel price) a bit steeper than necessary.


    Malta Day 1, Thursday: Bora Bora Hotel Pool Party: 15:00 to 22:00

    Day 1 was easy if you stayed at the hotel, it was right there. If you were lucky enough with your room (I was not), you could see the stage and just enjoy the show from your patio, but either way you could just open the sliding door and enjoy from your room for a while if you wanted. The stage was simple but worked, and we narrowly avoided rain (just a tiny bit), so it was a good time up to the 22:00 curfew (not everyone in the hotel was part of the festival)






    reorder closed that evening at 22:00
    reorder closed that evening at 22:00

    Video Summary of Day 1:

    Malta Day 2, Friday: Uno Malta: 16:00 to 04:00

    Day 2 was a combination of day party and night party at Uno, about 20mn away from Bora Bora:





    the bars were well equipped
    the bars were well equipped



    Our new swiss festival lover friends
    Our new swiss festival lover friends

    Daxson threw a great set
    Daxson threw a great set





    finally got to see Alex Morph play again
    finally got to see Alex Morph play again

    and finally got to take this picture with him with an outfit I had gotten ready years ago
    and finally got to take this picture with him with an outfit I had gotten ready years ago


    Always nice to see Lange, I've listened to him since the ASOT 100 days
    Always nice to see Lange, I've listened to him since the ASOT 100 days


    Paul Van Dyk went next
    Paul Van Dyk went next

    and he graciously met the crowd after his set
    and he graciously met the crowd after his set

    Rob and Anna both from Dublin, got re-united after some 20 years :)
    Rob and Anna both from Dublin, got re-united after some 20 years :)



    last time I saw Dave Pearse was 20 years ago in Ibiza
    last time I saw Dave Pearse was 20 years ago in Ibiza


    Scott Project ended the night
    Scott Project ended the night

    Video Summary of Day 2:

    Malta Day 3, Saturday: Cafe Del Mar

    Malta being the new Ibiza, they have all the famous Ibiza clubs, including of course Cafe Del Mar. And their Cafe del Mar is also absolutely gorgerous





    surviving in the sun :)
    surviving in the sun :)

    our lovely new swiss friends
    our lovely new swiss friends

    Woohoo, we got 2 more sets from Ruben
    Woohoo, we got 2 more sets from Ruben

    don't laugh, so many pictures, so many festivals, I have to keep up real time, or there is no way I can keep doing these reports before it's 3 months later and no one cares ;) I actually finished writing this festival report in the shuttles to/from EDC Vegas 4 days later ;)
    don't laugh, so many pictures, so many festivals, I have to keep up real time, or there is no way I can keep doing these reports before it's 3 months later and no one cares ;) I actually finished writing this festival report in the shuttles to/from EDC Vegas 4 days later ;)




    And finally came the magical time of sunset





    magical!
    magical!

    and to finsh the day party, a few bonus fireworks!



    Malta Day 3, Saturday Part 2: Uno Malta

    Of course the "day" was just starting, after getting back from Cafe del Mar, we all went to Uno Malta and got see Bogdan Vix again, the head in chief of fortune trance stage at Untold! (Wait, you haven't been to Untold? Go fix this, it's not too late: August 8th to 11th 2024, read my past reports like this one).



    Craig Connelly was next:




    Uno had 2 stages, and easy to stage hop. Metta & Glyde were on stage 2:


    And then, got so lucky to get another performance of gouryella, I was in heaven:


    I wasn't prepared for it, so the first 10mn were hand recorded, and then I managed to do this for the last 50mn
    I wasn't prepared for it, so the first 10mn were hand recorded, and then I managed to do this for the last 50mn



    the visuals are always the fun part for me
    the visuals are always the fun part for me


    So, I really really love Gouryella and recorded the whole set (shaking goes away after 10mn):

    Next, was key4050, John O Callaghan and Bryan Kearney:


    Maria Healy on stage 2:


    and the night went on until 04:00, but for me it was time for a bit of sleep :)

    Video Summary of Day 3:

    Malta Day 4, Sunday: Boat Party

    The boat party was hard to get to, each time I looked for it online, it wasn't for sale, and then it got sold out quickly. The boat was not super big, so space was limited. It was nice and cozy and enjoyable to boat around the island and see its forts:



    Anselli opened
    Anselli opened



    Markus Schulz played most of the trip, nice set
    Markus Schulz played most of the trip, nice set


    nice views along the way
    nice views along the way


    Liam Wilson took us home after Markus
    Liam Wilson took us home after Markus

    Video Summary of Day 4 Boat Party:

    Malta Day 4, Sunday Part 2: Uno Day Party

    After the boat, the party was supposed to be at our hotel, Bora Bora, but when we got back there, we found out it had been moved to Uno. To be fair, Uno was a better club, but it would have been nice to have the party at our hotel and watch it from our room and hear it while we were packing our luggage to promptly get out sunday night/monday morning for an early flight out. Packed all the luggage and took a cab to Uno to catch the end of the day party (unfortunately missed some sets both due to the boat party and then the party being moved away from our hotel):


    hi Craig!
    hi Craig!

    Sander Van Doorn
    Sander Van Doorn


    To be honest, it got nicer as things got cooler, and at 22:00 the rest of Uno opened for the followup night party.

    Malta Day 4, Sunday Part 3: Uno Night Party

    So technically it was supposed to be part 3 (from Bora Bora to Uno), but ultimately it was a Uno for both. Liam Wilson whom we had just seen on the boat, opened the evening party:


    Christina Novelli took over after that for a banging set:



    she took time to meet many fans afterwards
    she took time to meet many fans afterwards


    FactorB, OMG, what a set. I wasn't ready for it, didn't get to record it outside of a few clips, not sure it was recorded, but pure joy it was:


    he also went to meet the crowd afterwards
    he also went to meet the crowd afterwards


    Then Aly and Fila did a lovely melody and dreamy set:




    he also nicely met his fans afterwards
    he also nicely met his fans afterwards

    Giuseppe Ottaviani took over:



    And I had just missed Maddix in SF because I had alrady gone to Europe but got to see his set in Malta:




    And Will Atkinson closed the night. I was only able to stay for half his set due to having to run to the airport and catch the flight back home. As always, he was full of energy:



    And boy, just like that, it was over. It went by so fast, but at the same time I was *sooo* exhausted at the end, of course with a huge smile on my face. Barely made it to the 2 planes home, and caught up on sleep there.

    Video Summary of Day 4:

    Pricing

    The festival itself was reasonably priced, a few other things, less so. Random pictures that will answer your pricing questions:

    merch was not cheap
    merch was not cheap

    alcohol was 'festival priced' :), water half the price of lumi
    alcohol was 'festival priced' :), water half the price of lumi

    food was mostly ok, only downside is you couldn't buy any food anywhere without wristband money
    food was mostly ok, only downside is you couldn't buy any food anywhere without wristband money

    How about the festival price? $188 for 4 days and all the parties (not including boat party) was honestly a very good price. The bora bora hotel package was overpriced in my opinion though. $250/night for a room here that ultimately wasn't well located for most parties except the first day, was not the best in hindsight, and I was not impressed by the additional $103 booking fee for the hotel only, which was totally non refundable or changeable (I booked the package early trusting that the hotel was the place to be, and when I realized later that not so much, I was told I was stuck with that package and no hotel refunds were possible, not even after losing the booking fee). That is honestly the only thing I regret getting, but the festival itself was super well priced, definitely fantastic value.

    General Admission Festival Tickets 2024 - GA | Second Release:          $188.28  ×2
    BORA BORA HOTEL - Superior Triple Balcony Urban View May 8 - 13 2024: $1,035.52
    Subtotal                                                              $1,412.08
    General Admission | Second Release - Booking Fee	                 $18.82
    Superior Triple Balcony Urban View - Booking Fee	                $103.55
    General Admission | Second Release - Booking Fee                         $18.82
    Total:                                                                $1,553.27

    Other Thoughts

    Even though it was the first year, the festival sold out VIP and things like the boat party. Even regular tickets, it felt that they couldn't have sold a lot more without getting into capacity issues, so all it all, that was great: they sold plenty of tickets, hopefully made money, but not enough to have it packed and uncomfortable for us. I also give them credit for not selling more tickets than they had room for for things like VIP and boat party, that shows they care about the experience first, not making more money at all cost.
    I do realize that after telling you I had a great time, if you all go and the organizers don't cap tickets, the event will get over crowded and less fun. I however do have reasonable hope they will do the right thing if this happens, and the good news is how many trance festivals we can choose from this year, so hopefully it will spread the attendee load and allow them to stay reasonably small and intimate.

    Parting thoughts:

  • I went to this festival because after my terrible experience at lumi last year (I totally understand most people did have a good time there last year), I asked you all for suggestions and you gave this event, thank you. I had so much more fun than at lumi, loved the better variety, a lot less sun and more night, better food options, better organizers and much more. Sure, it didn't have 4 tracks every hour of plenty of music I would miss since I can only be at one stage at once anyway. Also, lumi had at least one stage that was terrible due to small size and sound bleed (sunset) and another one that was so so depending on the direction of the wind and the smell of the bathrooms right next to it. Honestly, I didn't miss any of that, one of 2 stages was a lot easier, and not dealing with the lumi "the customer is the enemy" bar bouncers security team, was very refreshing.
  • tap water in malta is supposed to be drinkable, but locals seem not to trust it somehow. There were no water fountains or refill stations at the festivals, just bottled water for sale. I know we are spoiled by Insomniac and all its US events for this, making sure everyone hydrates and limiting pointless plastic bottle waste is honestly a win win. You could refill water from bathrooms if you wanted, but given the uncertainty of the water safety, official water fountains would be better. That said, bottled water was half the price of lumi, and you could get other water if you really wanted, or get in and out anyway.
  • yes, in and outs were allowed at each venue every day, which was much appreciated and not true of many other festivals. Ok, maybe for the boat party, in and out required swimming in the ocean :)
  • The required wristband money was unfortunately the only big minus for me. While some festivals call it cashless and for our convenience, the ones that truly mean it take contactless credit cards and phone tap to pay (all US festivals I've been to, including eclipse festival that had optional wristband money, but also accepted contactless credit cards. Other festivals like lumi also do it. Even lumi, for all the issues I have with it, does do the right thing and take contactless credit cards and pay by phone. Unfortunately this one did not and required loading money on a wristband and trusting them to be a bank, which I don't really want to trust any festival to be. Being a bank is hard, and pretty much every festival gets it wrong in various ways. Getting money back was apparently possible but requited special work and only if it was more than $5. This is just extra work and worries that are not needed for a festival.
  • Security was top notch, more below...
  • Let's talk about security. The security staff was not a bunch of untrained bar bouncers. They looked like commando style military and I'm not saying this in a bad way. They looked highly trained and did a great job looking over the event, making sure people were safe and exercising restraint if they had to get involved. They looked friendly and were always helpful. That was about as good as I've ever seen anywhere. As a bonus, they didn't have pointless over the top searches focussed on stealing your sunscreen or beauty products, or tampons (yes, you probably know what other festival I'm referring to)


    If you think this is a small deal, it's not. Security is a huge part of whether festivals are both safe and enjoyable. Achieving both at the same time is no small feat and the Malta team used by Rong was stellar. Thank you!

    Pictures and Videos

  • Google Photos BestOf: https://photos.app.goo.gl/zrC5pomxYbNDziV36
  • Day 1 at Bora Bora: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9PA2dvGY_Q
  • Day 2 at Uno Malta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f3McM6USHI
  • Day 3 at Cafe Del Mar and Uno at Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXg0av7rq3s
  • Day 4 Boat Party: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feo4XUp1TVg
  • Day 4 at Uno Malta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He-K_1yB5jI
  • Instagram Stories (for desktop computer): https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18077971936475091
  • Instagram Stories (for phone): https://www.instagram.com/s/aGlnaGxpZ2h0OjE4MDc3OTcxOTM2NDc1MDkx?story_media_id=3364242009639381265_12645847607&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA=
  • Instagram Stories all merged in one video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtZiFD3EYxw
  • How does it compare with other festivals?

    A comparison against every other festival wouldn't be warranted or useful, but I hope this helps you decide how to use your time and money since neither are infinite:
  • vs Unkonscious Thailand: they are not identical but they are similar in many ways, go to the one that is closest to you and matches your vacation schedule. Thailand is cheaper once you are there, but flying there from outside of Asia will obviously cost you more.
  • vs Unkonscious Croatia: hard to compare against a festival that hasn't happened yet, but my guess is that Unkonscious Croatia will also be an enjoyable smaller scale festival like the Thailand version, and going to either would not be a mistake :) I can't go to that one, it conflicts with another festival I'm already going to.
  • vs Euphoria weekender: it's happening 2 days from now as I'm writing this. I wish I could go but after 8 days of festivals in less than 2 weeks, my body really really needs rest :) From what I've seen Euphoria is lower key and a bit cheaper even, and should also be a great time. I think people look at it as "less commercial" but honestly rong malta didn't feel commercial unlike let's say Tomorrowland that was all about the money and where they apparently mostly stopped carrying about the festival goers and turned into a big money machine
  • vs Captured Malta: that one hasn't happened yet either. My guess is that Captured will be some place between Euphoria weekender and Rong Malta. I'm going there in September.
  • vs Lumi: you can't really compare them that much, you can read the lumi bits I wrote above already. Lumi has a lot more trance, many more people (too many at times for my taste) and unfortunately made some very questionable choices in the last years, I'll leave it at that outside of saying that I absolutely do not feel welcome there anymore if you don't know the details.
  • vs dreamstate socal: they are just way too different for me to even compare them, I love both for difference reasons. Dreamstate wins for the way more lights and costumes if you like that, but you cannot call dreamstate intimate
  • Should you go? Would I go Back?

  • First, I need to state that Malta is a very cool country to visit. If you can, spend at least an extra 3 days to learn about the country's history over the many years, and its central location in the mediteranean, which is the cause for its rich history. It's a very unique mix of a population that speaks an old arab dialect that is written with roman characters, and is mostly Christian. If that's not unique, I don't know what is :)
  • Malta is not the same level of cheap than Thailand, but overall it was reasonably priced. Cheaper than Ibiza which it is aiming to be a competitor for.
  • it was a day and night festival, and had plenty of night hours with pretty lights and lasers. Night owl me was happy.
  • It's a smaller festival, not meant to be compared with the big ones, and that was totally ok with me. It's a nice change of pace to have something smaller where you don't walk so far every day between many stages and miss many sets every hour. Don't take me wrong, I'm writing these last sentences from the plane back from EDC Vegas 5 days later, and nothing compares to EDC Vegas and the insanity of that experience, but you can only take that once a year at most ;) I really do welcome more chill festivals, EDC is as awesome as it is really gruesome and takes a long time to recover from :)
  • Just like Unkonscious, the organizers care and it shows. As I write this, they already sent a survey link. It may seem like a little thing, but festivals that do not also say in that process "we don't really are if we did well or could have done better" and a few I won't name even give the feel of "you should feel thankful that you even were able to attend our festival". Obviously Rong did the opposite across the board, it doesn't mean everything was perfect, it never is, but they sure tried hard and want to continue to do better. Good on them!
  • I hope they will read my report and consider my suggestion to drop the wristband money requirement. If they allow contactless credit cards and pay by phone, it will honestly be perfect.
  • And if Alessandra Roncone came, you know it's a good party :)

    Alessandra!
    Alessandra!

    Left around 03:35 (25mn before the end), went back to Bora Bora to pick up luggage (hotel totally in the wrong direction for airport, as stated it was a mistake to stay there), drove back down to airport and arrived around 04:30 for a 05:55 flight out. Lufthansa as always managed to be terrible and after refusing to assign us seats on the phone for 2 days, also had a 48H computer outage (yes really) that prevented online checking, so we had no seats and got the last 2 random middle seats on the plane while being told we should be lucky to have seats at all because the plane was oversold again (same deal as flyoug out of Cluj after Untold last year). F you Lufthansa, this repeated incompetence and total lack of respect for the customer is unacceptable (they couldn't care less if we missed our connecting flight to SFO after that or that we could at least get a window seat to lay our head and attempt to sleep a bit until the longer flight FRA-SFO leaving at noon, that one with Condor). Ironically while Condor is kind of a new long haul Ryanair, they were much better than Lufthansa on this trip...



    Thank you all of you I met there, came to say hi, all the DJs, and the organizers. You made this time fantastic, thank you!

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