I recently read the BCM Planet Dance in Magaluf, Mallorca has been shut down because its owner has been thrown in jail. This brought me back to the time I was at a Magaluf party in 2015 – a memory that I prefer not to reminisce about.
One of my goals since I started this blog in 2014 was to visit the top 20 clubs in the world and write about them. So far, I’ve been to 12, including Fabric, Green Valley, and a myriad of Ibiza and Vegas nightclubs. I visited Mallorca at the tail end of the summer of 2015 with my Spanish friend Ismael. Therefore, BCM Planet Dance in Magaluf, Mallorca, #10 on the list, was on my to-do list – I had to check out the Magaluf party scene! Continue reading
My rating for the festival: 8/10. Every hardcore fan must make the pilgrimage to Masters of Hardcore at least once in his or her life. The production, the organization, the sound system, the vibes, and of course the music were all top notch. Read on for my review of the festival!
As a fan of the hardest genre in electronic dance music, there are two annual events you cannot miss. One is Dominator Festival in the summer. The other is Masters of Hardcore in the spring.
I’ve known of Masters of Hardcore for awhile because I’ve listened to countless sets from this event. For hardcore ravers, this is definitely a bucket list item to tick off. Continue reading
Festival rating: 8/10. Mysteryland was my favorite festival in 2016. Yes, I loved it more than Tomorrowland 2016!
Mysteryland is one of those classic, historic dance music festivals that you got to visit at least once if you’re serious about the festival scene. It’s billed as the oldest dance music festival in the Netherlands, since 1993. They also do an edition in Chile and more recently, one in upstate New York. The two-day festival is in late August by the Dutch town of Hoofdorp, and although there’s a camping option, it’s just an easy 30 minutes out from Amsterdam so we commuted there.
Robert, my trusty festival buddy in the Netherlands, and I had originally planned to go on the Sunday. However, on Saturday we both found ourselves without plans on a beautiful sunny day. We also found on Ticketswap that two-day passes were being sold for a cheaper price than one-day passes so we quickly snagged tickets for 68 euros and rolled into the festival.
Woo! We were there and I successfully smuggled in a whole bottle of vodka again with my good old vodka in the back pocket trick. It works 80% of the time and so worth it for the amount of money I’d save. 500ml of vodka = 10 eur; 1 red bull vodka at the festival = 10 eur. My friends think it’s ridiculous that it works, as you can plainly see the bottle sticking out of my pants if you look from behind… But it does!
We had an awesome time there. I love how many genres were represented across the many stages at Mysteryland – even Dutch rap EDM (can’t say I loved it, but it was definitely different)! These are my three favorite things about the festival and what set it apart from other festivals for me.
1. Pillar of Dicks
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I visited Detroit for the first time in October 2016. Not only did I love the history, culture, and food of the city, I was blown away by the Detroit nightlife scene. To me, Detroit is America’s most underrated destination for nightlife, specifically Techno.
“Wait” – you might say – “Isn’t Detroit run-down and dangerous?” In fact, Detroit is going through a period of rejuvenation in the recent years. Sure, parts of the city are dodgy, but that’s part of what makes Detroit nightlife so interesting. Nightlife and techno culture has been in Detroit since the 80s (in fact it is where techno was born). The techno culture has stayed underground in Detroit, which makes it so much more exciting.
Read on to see what makes Detroit nightlife special and why I think Detroit is techno’s best kept secret. Continue reading
My Rating of the Festival: 7/10. Tomorrowland’s scale cannot be beat – 15 stages and 180,000 people from over 75 countries. However, two general impressions that detracted from my experience – 1) Too big! Takes forever to walk anywhere, even if you are staying in the Dreamville camping area (20 min minimum to walk into the festival). 2) Crowd was quite touristy; given the fame of the festival, seems like there were many who didn’t have the “raver spirit” in the crowd – I felt that many people were not there for the music but rather to see and be seen. Read on for my Tomorrowland Festival review.
I was at Tomorrowland for 2 nights and 1 day. So, you may say that I did not have the full Tomorrowland experience. But I did stay 11 hours at the festival on Sunday and made an effort to go to ALL 16 stages – walked all around Dreamville – even participated in morning yoga in Dreamville… So I saw a good amount of the madness that went down! Continue reading
My Rating of Defqon.1: 8/10. While the Dutch weather was a bit of a downer, as well as the fact that not all stages were active all 3 days, there’s nothing quite like 55,000 Weekend Warriors from all over the world united for the sound we love. Read on for my Defqon.1 review, 2016.
Defqon.1 has long been on my list of “To do”‘s. Thanks to Q-Dance’s marketing machine, the epic endshow of Defqon.1 on YouTube had been engrained in my brain since 2012. Back then, I thought there was no way in hell I would be able to last 3 hours, let alone 3 days listening to hardstyle. Little did I know that 4 years later I would be in the Netherlands dancing hard in front of its stages! Continue reading
In the summer of 2016, I unexpectedly ended up at Tomorrowland after missing out out on the general sale. Here’s how I managed to get the coveted Tomorrowland tickets. This is the 1st of a 3 part series about Tomorrowland.
Going to Tomorrowland in Belgium is on every raver’s bucket list. In the beginning of each year, hopeful festival-goers have several chances to obtain the coveted Tomorrowland tickets
I took a total of 7 trips to new cities in 2015 and the main reason I went on all those trips was because there were EDM events I wanted to go to in those cities – London, Amsterdam, Prague, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Ibiza, and Eindhoven. Some of those cities I probably would have never cared to visit if it weren’t for the festivals hosted there.
I sometimes wondered if I was acting like a crazy person, taking trips primarily driven by the desire to check out dance music events in the world.
I’ve met a couple people like me, here and there, on meetup apps, at the parties, and at the hostels. Some hubs attracted more EDM tourists than others, especially in dance destinations like Ibiza and Berlin.
The more I traveled (and spent – $4,800 in 2015 on all EDM-related trips!), the more I wondered… how many other EDM fans are like me and what is the impact they have on tourism? Continue reading
I went for a techno club night out in Taipei, to the club Korner (the Wall). No, I’m not using “techno” in the context of Top 40 EDM like Zedd & Martin Garrix. I’m talking about actual underground dance music. Yes, Taipei techno DOES exist!
I grew up in Taiwan listening to Taiwanese pop music and American pop artists like Britney Spears. After I left home at age 18, I slowly grew a deep appreciation for underground dance music. During my tenure in Europe, I stomped all over techno clubs in Berlin and Amsterdam, best cities in the world for the scene. Knowing the Taiwan I grew up in, I couldn’t fathom Taiwan having a techno scene.
In a country like Taiwan, locals’ preferred nightlife activity is visiting karaoke lounges. Clubbing is limited to Top-40 & Mainstream EDM clubs like Elektro, Myst, and Room 18, and even that is an activity that attracts mostly American-born Taiwanese kids and expats. I believed that there wasn’t even a techno club in Taipei.
That’s why when my friend YR, advised me of the Taipei techno club Korner, I was keen to check it out but skeptical at the same time. I didn’t dare go in with high expectations… what would it be like and what kind of people would be there?! Continue reading
I spent 3 months in Amsterdam working for Party with a Local in October 2015 – January 2016. During this time, I checked out 13 dance music clubs – still only the tip of the iceberg in the electronic dance music capital of Amsterdam! Amsterdam’s night scene is bustling with a wide range of styles of electronic dance music and the Dutchies are some of my favorite people to party with. This post is about the clubs I visited as well as tips for clubbing in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.
How to Find Cool Parties
Clubs in Amsterdam generally do not stick with one genre of music; most will host different types of parties on different nights. I rely on Partyflock every weekend to find the hottest dance music parties in town. Not only does it contain a comprehensive list of events, I love that it also tells you the genre of music in the club that night. As someone who values the specific genre of music over the artist names (I don’t necessarily know the names of the artists and am always down to explore new music), it’s a tremendously useful feature! Partyflock also tells you the estimated number of people attending and links to tickets & Facebook event pages. You can even find events by genre (i.e. Hardstyle parties). Sometimes they even have guestlist raffles. Partyflock works all over the Netherlands. Continue reading