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A new light shines on the Mediterranean’s clubbing horizon. Trance has found a new sanctuary for its family. Paul van Dyk, Aly & Fila and more than 20 DJs celebrate SHINE Ibiza, an 11-week run, Mondays July 9 to September 17, at Privilege’s Vista Club.


SHINE Ibiza will be the centre stage for the truest form of Trance on the White Isle. Of the move, legendary DJ and long-time Ibiza club-resident Paul van Dyk says:what SHINE offers, is a world of opportunities – a hub to an international community and a place where we belong no matter where we’re from. The trance family is a global collective of positive, caring and fun-loving people. Myself, my fellow DJs, the event organizers and club staff will go the extra mile to provide the best possible experience for them. I look forward, with the greatest anticipation to seeing you at SHINE!

The Club Vista-based nights will take place each Monday from the 9th of July to September 17th. Completing its line-ups throughout the season, Paul will be joined by DJs including Aly & Fila, Bryan Kearney, Simon Patterson, Cosmic Gate, Neelix, Grum, Ben Nicky and others. First and foremost, SHINE is aimed at trance-conscious music lovers seeking mind-blowingly produced nights, packed with magic, energy and light, but overall that essential familiar spirit.

Nick Ferguson, MD of Supernova Group and former Cream Ibiza promoter explains: Trance has deep roots on the island of Ibiza. It’s been the spiritual home to its positive, uplifting sounds since the 90s. SHINE Ibiza wants to bring this spirit back, the human factor. Everybody is part of SHINE – DJs, guests and staff alike. We all come together to have a great time, meet old friends, make new friends, enjoy our favourite music in long DJ sets with amazing production and a breath-taking view of Ibiza’s sunrise”. SHINE residents Aly & Fila added “We are very much looking forward to being part of SHINE Ibiza this summer. It is great to see this dedicated Trance event on the White Isle. See you several times over the summer!

Vista is the club within a club – the world’s biggest club to be exact. Over the last five + years it has earned its name and reputation though its atmosphere and singular location. Beamed down UFO-like onto Privilege’s voluminous terrace, by night its glass pyramid structure is an awe-inducing place to dance. As dawn breaks, Club Vista irradiates to reveal a once-seen, never-forgotten panorama. With an outlook across La Isla Blanca, it stretches right the way to Dalt Vila. Sunrise sets at Vista are an experience that’s left trip-defining impressions on tens of thousands. Through the amplitude of its glass grandstand, its night-to-day transitions are evermore a 21st century clubbing rite of passage. Uniting the music with the scenic into one multisensory experiencing, it’s this perfect backdrop that SHINE has chosen for their Ibizan adventures.



Every Monday, between July 9th and September 17th



Vista Club at Privilege

SAN RAFAEL – Ibiza (Baleares)



9th July (Opening Party):             16th July:                                  23rd July:

Paul van Dyk                              Paul van Dyk                              Paul van Dyk

Ben Nicky                                 Bryan Kearney                           Aly & Fila

Will Atkinson                              Jordan Suckley                          The Thrillseekers

Alex Ryan                                  Liam Wilson                               Paul Thomas


30th July:                                  6th August:                               13TH August:

Paul van Dyk                              Paul van Dyk                              Paul van Dyk

Aly & Fila                                   Neelix                                       Aly & Fila

Simon Patterson                         Alex M.O.R.P.H.                         Giuseppe Ottaviani 2.0 live

Stephen Kirkwood                       James Cottle                             Paul Thomas



20th August:                              27th August:                           3rd September:

Paul van Dyk                              Paul van Dyk                              Paul van Dyk

Aly & Fila                                   Cosmic Gate                              Andy Moor & Lange

Menno De Jong                          Grum                                        Standerwick

Project 8                                                Fred Baker                                Richard Lowe



10th September:                                     17TH September:

Paul van Dyk                              Paul van Dyk

Aly & Fila                                   Jordan Suckley b2b

Stoneface & Terminal                  Alex M.O.R.P.H.

Island of Trance DJ’s                   Chris Bekker
















Iniziamo la settimana con una mega news per tutti i trancers italiani:

Sabato 5 Maggio, il KYI Club di Modena ospiterà un grandioso evento trance con dei super ospiti: Vini Vici, che fortunatamente ci stanno viziando con i loro set abbastanza di frequente in Italia, e l’eclettico Ruben de Ronde che invece non veniva a trovarci da un po’. Sempre impegnato nella co-conduzione di A State Of Trance, al fianco di Armin van Buuren, Ruben è anche un A&R per Armada Music e gestisce la sua etichetta Statement!

Oltre a questo è impegnato nella produzione di un nuovo album dopo ‘My Story’ e TogetheRR , previsto per l’estate.

Ruben realizza un episodio di The Sound Of Holland ogni settimana, potete seguirlo qui:

e se ancora non vi basta, allora seguite i suoi streaming video su Twitch; quando non è  in tour infatti, lo potete trovare nel suo canale a condividere tips & tricks riguardo la produzione musicale, date un’occhiata qui:



Il 5 Maggio preparatevi alla notte più esplosiva che possiate immaginare, nella data leggendaria arriva al KYI Club in occasione della serata KYINGS il duo israeliano capace di ribaltare con la potenza della sua musica il pubblico di ogni festival del mondo, sfondando di prepotenza nella classifica mondiale di Dj Mag.
Autori del primo Brano Psy Trance, “Freet Tibet”, ad entrare nella top10 di Beatport nella storia.
Richiesti da ogni evento hanno scatenato il loro emblematico sound in tutti i più grandi festival del mondo, ogni loro attacco è diventato fonte di ispirazione per un numero incalcolabile di remix e mashup, e al loro cospetto è impossibile rimanere fermi.
KYI CLUB presents, please welcome to: VINI VICI.
Official Event:
Info e prenotazioni: 3312249082


What a great news for all the Italian trance fans! Vini Vici and Ruben de Ronde are teaming up to join KYI Club on May 5th!!

If you are a clubber in Italy you might be used to see Vini Vici performing here quite often lately, but having the honor to see Ruben de Ronde as well, it’s something that really gives us goosebumps!!

We honestly cannot wait to attend the event and covering the night with lot of updates for those of you around the world who are not lucky enough to be there.

During the last weekend we followed Ruben’s gig in Istanbul together with Vini Vici, let us tell you that it’s been an epic night of madness, so we’re thrilled to welcome them in Modena in just a few weeks.

To get you in the mood for this upcoming event, let your energies vibrate higher with the new episode of TSOH by our beloved Ruben de Ronde:




Armin van Buuren is super happy to announce that he is back to the White Island this upcoming summer to rock the stage of HI Ibiza with his fellow mates Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and we are so excited that we’re counting down the months already!!

Every Wednesday from the 20th of June until the 19th of September you know where you can find the Dutch legend!

Early birds tickets Here


RAM & Darren Porter team up in creating the official Grotesque Indoor Festival Anthem

A sublime link between label boss RAM and trance master Darren Porter gave life to this unwaveringly trance anthem that will turn the Grotesque 300 dancefloor into lava! A luscious synth line and an insane amount of massive beats are the backbone of this banger embellished with empowering and haunting vocals! This is what trance is made of!
Created as the official anthem for the iconic Grotesque Indoor Festival 300: Mardi Gras, hosted on December 9th in Rotterdam’s memorable Maassilo venue, the track is the first collaboration of these two trance maestros, who will be performing at the event.

Over the last few years Darren Porter has built a steady reputation for driving and hard euphoric uplifting remixes known to deliver huge energy, all of them being supported by some of the biggest DJ’s on the planet. The British producer’s dance floor destroying tracks gave him the platform to perform across the globe at world renown events such as Transmission and Trancefusion in Czech Republic, Grotesque, Luminosity and Quest4Trance in The Netherlands, Digital Society and Goodgreef in UK, Techno Club and Legendary Festival in Germany and Next Universe in Switzerland.

RAM on the other hand has had one of his best years to date. His Grotesque brand has gone international, hosting events in several continents, including its own stage at the iconic Electronic Family Festival for several years now. The Grotesque label is one of the most active labels in the industry, having a weekly release across its several platforms and consistently keeping presence in the Beatport Top 10. 2017 saw the release of several compilations, including the Grotesque Reworked & Remixed, featuring Tiesto, JES, Airscape, First State, Salt Tank, Mr. Sam, Jordan Suckley, Dogzilla, Mark Norman, as well as the annual Grotesque 300 compilation coming out mid December.

Listen here



Grotesque Indoor Festival #300 – Your trip to Mardi Gras Craziness!


Just 2 weeks ahead of Grotesque Indoor Festival, held on December 9th at the iconic Maassilo venue in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. A festival of colors, magic, artistry, and no limits when it comes to having fun, the Mardi Gras theme is set to blow you away.


Again this year it is all about the total experience. Three areas with various musical styles ranging from Deep, Tech or House Classics to Progressive, Psychedelic and Uplifting Trance. An exciting program! Check the line-up below:


Do you want a chance to win a fantastic prize package? Share this link on Facebook, tag your friends and WIN an extensive drinks package for 4 people, free CDs, Grotesque Goodies, merchandise and a meet & greet with the most artists who perform this evening!

Let us Entertain you!

Typically, the Grotesque sight is not only focused on music or on the stages. Last year you saw a lot more entertainment in the room, just between the audience. This way the experience literally comes to you! And that is exactly what makes #GIF300 an event where even the ‘finishing touch’ is worked out in the smallest detail! More superlatives are left for you 😉

Never change a winning theme
Of course, the successful elements remain. The chill-out will be accompanied by the necessary street theater and for those who want to chill out for a bit, there is enough space in Maassilo, and massages will be offered. A fun festival market where you can pick out nice or original Mardi Gras or buy some nice gadgets at the Grotesque Merchandise stand or one of the others. The Silent Disco is to bring some laughter courtesy of Silent Disco Expert and a delicious food corner, where you can re-charge your energy.

Over 75% of tickets are now sold out, so don’t wait and grab them from here.

Who are you?



Anticipated since Armin van Buuren himself announced its forthcoming arrival during the 14-hour-long, ADE special of A State of Trance (episode 836), the anthem for the A State Of Trance 850 world tour is finally here. This year’s theme and mission: ‘Be In The Moment’.

Let’s grab it here

The sonic embodiment of ASOT 850’s empowering message, ‘Be In the Moment’ was premiered at Ultra Mexico by Armin van Buuren himself and sees the electronic music icon conjure up a Trance-flavored dream world no fan can resist. Spiked with intense atmospheres and stellar builds, this record captures the very essence of what Trance fans so desire: to ‘Be In the Moment’ and embrace the music, here and now.


The release of this scorching anthem follows the unveiling of the first part of the line-up for A State Of Trance 850 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. On February 17th, 2018, Armin van Buuren, Ben Nicky, Bryan Kearney, Davey Asprey, David Gravell, ilan Bluestone, John O’Callaghan, Jorn van Deynhoven, Purple Haze and Scott Bond take center stage at the biggest Trance event of the year, joined by other highly acclaimed artists that will be unveiled next week through phase 2 of the line-up. All of these artists’ signature sounds will no doubt provide fans with unforgettable memories and so will Armin van Buuren’s stadium-wrecking anthem. After all, who wouldn’t want to be ‘Be In The Moment’ when this event hits. To purchase tickets or travel packages for A State Of Trance 850 in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, the Netherlands, please visit or



As a follow up to the successful Tropical retreat in Bali, the first Trance Retreat of 2018 will be a special Winter edition taking place in a Castle located south of Berlin. Relax and learn from four world class producers in a fantastic environment for the ultimate week-long electronic music production retreat.

Get inspired in a beautiful winter-time medieval setting and learn from some of the top uplifting trance producers in the industry!

Participants on this exclusive & intimate experience (maximum group size of 14 participants) will have their food, beverage, accomodations and transport provided for them, and will receive group and one-on-one instruction from world class producers in this inspirational landscape.

Participants will again be accepted based on a screening and interview process, and the course content will be tailored to fit the group of participants.


The 2018 Winter edition of Trance Retreat features 4 world-class producers, with a focus on the faster, harder and more uplifting spectrum of Trance.

Each producer has been carefully selected to ensure that a wide variety of styles, techniques, and DAWs are represented. Our team of producers are highly experienced at 1 on 1 teaching, group tutorials & masterclasses, as well as ghost production for a wide variety of genres.


DAW: Logic X (previously Cubase / Reason)
Greatest Career Achievements: Producing a series of # 1 Trance records and touring the world for shows at clubs and festivals, as well as hosting and building the brands Menno Solo and In Trance We Trust internationally
Specialties: Composition, melodies and writing/producing tracks for vocalists





DAW: Studio One & Cubase
Greatest Career Achievements: Really hard to pinpoint one specifically. I’ve toured the world, made big trance hits and also played same stage as Armin, Dash Berlin and Aly & Fila on the same night.
Specialties: Melodies and creative thinking



DAW: Logic Pro X
Greatest Career Achievement: Playing in 16 + countries around the world, playing at Cream at Amnesia in Ibiza, 6 Beatport Number 1’s
Specialty: Teaching music production using my own specific methods and techniques.





DAW: Cubase (main), but also proficient in Reaper, Reason and Ableton
Greatest Career Achievement: Fallen Angel + Collaborating with Markus Schulz, JES, Rank 1, Betsie Larkin and many more!
Specialty: Elecro-infused basslines & melodic trance






When we talk about trance events in Italy, there is a name who stands out as  main organizer : Gianluca Ferrandu!

Let’s meet him and see what he can tell us about his great coming back for the upcoming season!!

TBA: Hi Gianluca, for many years your name has been associated to all the trance events in Italy, can you tell us how did you start?

TG: Trance Gate was born in 2005, after I took part in a huge amount of parties abroad, I kept asking myself why we didn’t have any parties like those ones, here in Italy, so I just decided to give it a try  and arrange some events in my home town, Milan. 12 years later, here I am, as excited as I was back then!

TBA: Which are the difficulties a promoter/organizer faces when he/she  want to create and promote an event?

TG: Organizing an event is not that hard, the difficult thing is to find the right guest  who can be appealing for the people to enjoy the party. The fact there are not so many parties doesn’t mean we have to ask people to settle for whoever. Personally, I try to  introduce always new names, you always need to renew.

TBA: And where do we stand right now? How do you see the trance scene at the moment?

TG: Right now, globally, it seems like it’s more important the single event than the music quality , but this is my humble opinion, I know many of you won’t agree.

TBA: Which differences do you see between the international scene and the italian one, and how do you think we could  improve ?

TG: Talking about clubs, there are not many differences, I’d say it’s even easier to arrange an event  here. Speaking about festivals though,  we are not  able to arrange something like that in Italy yet.

TBA: Are you working on something new now ? Something you can tell us?

TG: Well next month, October 7th Trance Gate is coming with a bang.

TBA: What do you have in store re for us?

TG: I am introducing you to the “Trance Gate Festival” in the beautiful location of the club SPACE 25 Via Toffetti 25 in Milan,

Line up:

Jorn Van Deynhoven (NL)

Lostly (D)

Radion6 (NL)

Will Rees (UK)

It’s the second  “Trance Gate Winter Festival”.

It is something still more related to a club than a proper festival but with more guests and longer than a classic night at the club.

TBA: Can you mention us a fun fact that involved one of the artists you worked with?

TG:  A couple of years ago we had to literally lift off  the dj booth of something like 50 cm during the night to allow our giant guest Menno de Jong to perform

TBA: So ,you brought so many artists in Italy, who’s is still on your wish list?

TG: Afternova, Mark Sherry, Alex Morph!

TBA: What would you say to all the italian trancers?

TG: I just would like to thank everyone who attended at least one of all the Trance Gate events we aranged.

And I hope to be able to bring more  people closer to this kind of music  soon!


Quando si parla di eventi trance in Italia, il primo nome che ci viene in mente come organizzatore  è: Gianluca Ferrandu.

Andiamo ad incontrarlo e vediamo cosa ci racconta a proposito della stagione in arrivo!!

TBA: Ciao Gianluca! Per anni abbiamo associato il tuo nome agli eventi trance in Italia, ci racconti come hai iniziato?

TG: Trance Gate nasce nel 2005, dopo aver partecipato a decine di eventi all’estero, mi continuavo a domandare come mai non ci fosse nessuna festa di questo tipo in Italia, cosi decisi di provare ad organizzare qualche evento nella mia città natale, Milano. A distanza di 12 anni eccomi ancora qua non lo stesso entusiasmo del primo giorno!

TBA: Quali difficoltà incontra un promoter/organizzatore in Italia quando vuole creare e promuovere un evento?

TG: Organizzare un evento non è complicatissimo, la cosa difficile è riuscire a trovare l’ospite giusto , che possa invogliare gli amanti del genere a partecipare. Il fatto che non ci siano molti eventi non significa dover chiedere ai partecipanti di accontentarsi con uno o due ospiti a caso.
Personalmente cerco di proporre sempre nomi nuovi, bisogna cercare sempre di rinnovarsi 🙂

TBA: Adesso a che punto siamo? come vedi la scena trance al momento?

TG: Al momento , parlo a livello globale, è diventato più importante il singolo evento, a discapito della qualità musicale.
Ovviamente questo è solo il mio parere, molti non la penseranno così

TBA: Quali differenze noti tra la scena internazionale e la nostra e dove e come pensi potremmo migliorare?

TG:  A livello di club non noto molte differenze, anzi, credo sia più facile organizzare un evento qui da noi.
A livello di festival ovviamente non ci sono ancora i numeri per poter proporre qualcosa di simile qui da noi!

TBA: Stai lavorando a qualche progetto che ci puoi già rivelare?( o accennare)

TG: Sto per iniziare ad organizzare il secondo “Trance Gate Winter Festival”.

nella bellissima location di  SPACE 25 Via Toffetti 25 a Milano,

Line up:

Jorn Van Deynhoven (NL)

Lostly (D)

Radion6 (NL)

Will Rees (UK)

In realtà resta ancora un evento più collegato ad una situazione da club, ma con un numero maggiore di ospiti e con una durata più lunga rispetto ad una classica serata da discoteca.

TBA:  Ci racconti un aneddoto simpatico capitato in una tua serata che abbia coinvolto un artista?

TG: Un paio di anni fa dovemmo letteralmente alzare di quasi mezzo metro, a serata in corso, la consolle, per permettere a quel gigante di Menno De Jong di potersi esibire 🙂

TBA: Hai portato tanti artisti in Italia, chi resta ancora nella tua wish list?

TG: Afternova, Mark Sherry, Alex Morph!

TBA: Cosa diresti ai trancers italiani?

TG: Voglio ringraziare tutti coloro che hanno partecipato ad almeno uno degli eventi Trance che abbiamo organizzato.
E speriamo di poter far avvicinare al genere altre persone in futuro!




On Saturday December 9th, PT Events brings a spectacular American Mardi Gras show to Rotterdam’s Maassilo for what is the 8th edition of Grotesque Indoor Festival.

The courage to keep renewing and the willpower to continuously improve are key for the organization and the success of Grotesque events. “Often magic is created through small, simple acts. Those little striking moments make it all a night to remember”.

Grotesque Indoor Festival will be hosting 3 areas focused on Trance, Psy&Tech & House Classics. Aside of the stages, the Festival Market will make room for a special Silent Disco Party, for a complete sense stimulation experience. The uniquel Mardi Gras concept will play a significant role in the night, whereas production-wise nothing can be considered over-the-top.

“With new inspiration and last years positive responses, were planning to go a step further. Acrobatics, humor and sensation will be the main feeling and vibe in the three areas but also in the corridors, at the festival market or the lounge area! #GIF300 is more than the average club night!” – PTEvents.

Grotesque Indoor Festival is the largest indoor Trance event in The Netherlands. Focusing on production, special entertainment, artistry, theater-inspired elements and performers, it for sure makes it the most innovation and thought-of event in Western Europe.


Full Lineup:
2nd Phase – Adam Seller – Dano -Darren Porter – Fausto – Indecent Noise – Marco V – Mark Sherry – RAM – Renji – Reorder – Santito – Sneijder – Spider – Standerwick – Super8 & Tab – Toyax – MC da Silva