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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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2022/04/09 State of Trance 1000 in LA's Banc of California Stadium
π 2022-04-09 01:01 in Clubbing, Festivals
ASOT 1000 is a major event obviously, but unfortunately the US version was only 6 hours due to limitations of the suboptimal venue they chose. Unfortunately the Banc of California had many other stupid regulations that made it a very poor choice for a festival, including a super long list of non allowed items all the way to "no clothes with LED", OMG, way to go for a festival. They also required transparent fanny packs or bags, that most people didn't have, and by the time they warned us, it was too late to get them. But the worst thing they did was to prevent people from entering the main pit unless they had pit tickets that were alledgely sold out. Yet, in the end, the pit was half empty. How moronic...


welcome to LA
welcome to LA

Finally got in, but looked like a naked peasant thanks go Banc of CA policies:



Got in in time to see Mr Brooks:


Good to run into friends again:



Ruben de Ronde was next:




Then Gabriel & Dresden were next:



Marlo came next with a dynamite set:





The awesome part was that TFSF's Triode got to go on stage for some of his tracks. We were so soooo happy for him:





Now was the time for cosmic gate:





And last, but not least, Armin of course. He did an interesting set that mixed a lot of genres, including almost techno and tech trance. Not everyone liked that, but I thought it was interesting and enjoyed it:


















While this wasn't the fantastic Asot 1000 it could have been given the poor venue, rules, limited runtime, and so forth, I do have to say that all the artists put out banger sets. I know some didn't like Armin's but let's be serious, he has over 20 years worth of music and there is no way he can play the whole range and make everyone happy. Personally I liked the variety in his set even if I'm a melodic/euphoric trance person at heart.

And after just 6 hours, the show was over. It was a pretty short show due to curfews. A bit underwhelming for an ASOT 1000 show, a pretty terrible venue in my opinion, but it was still a show, better than all the other shows that got cancelled altogether.... But still, bitsweet to have a festival that didn't look like a festival due to the ridiculous rules in that venue.


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