The world’s biggest trance festival breaks records once again
With 35,000 visitors from over 100 countries set to descend on Utrecht’s Jaarbeurs venue for the 900th edition of ASOT (A State of Trance), Armin van Buuren’s forthcoming showpiece event has now fully SOLD OUT an amazing 6 weeks before the show. The monumental performance – set to take place on 23rd February 2019 – will see the Dutch trance giant headline an eagerly anticipated night, with a series of special guests also in attendance.
“To be able to celebrate 900 episodes of A State Of Trance with a whopping 35.000 fans in a sold-out Jaarbeurs is truly a dream come true. Armin added. I can’t wait to make some amazing memories with all of these wonderful people from all over the world!”
The CEO of ALDA Allan Hardenberg shared the excitement and noted: “I’m really proud that we have been able to sell out this event by record-breaking numbers six weeks before the show.”
With the ASOT 900 theme announced as ‘Lifting You Higher’, British trance trio Above & Beyond will join Armin at the showpiece event, marking their first appearance at an individual Dutch ‘A State of Trance’ event in 7 years. Armin’s 900th celebration also sees an all-star billing join proceedings, with Cosmic Gate, Estiva, FUTURECODE (Ben Gold x Omnia), MaRLo and Vini Vici all penciled in for mainstage slots, exploring a slick fusion of older trance sounds combined with modern and melodic approaches.
With Armin also marking his return to the Who’s Afraid of 138?! stage for the first time since ASOT 650, the trance legend will start the evening’s proceedings with an exclusive warm-up vinyl set, providing early bird fans with the opportunity to hear the trance icon three times during the course of the monumental event.
ASOT 900 promises to be one of 2019’s most eagerly anticipated events in the electronic music calendar, but with tickets now fully sold out, fans who are unable to attend the event can tune into the action via special live stream on ASOT.TV which will video stream the Mainstage between 9 pm and 6 am while the audio stream of another 4 stages will also be available for those not able to join ASOT900 in person.
Full line-up per stage in alphabetical order:
Above & Beyond
Armin van Buuren
FUTURECODE (Ben Gold x Omnia)
MaRLo (Tech-Energy Set)
John 00 Fleming
ROAD TO 1000: LIFTING YOU HIGHER
Ferry Tayle b2b Dan Stone
Ruben de Ronde
WHO’S AFRAID OF 138?!
Armin van Buuren
Giuseppe Ottaviani Live 2.0
For the first time in dance music history, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren and W&W have joined forces for a huge new track. Showcasing the iconic signature sounds of everyone in this all-star link-up, ‘Repeat After Me’ is set to unite dance music fans from all over the world.
Easily one of the most epic collaborations of the year even though 2019 has only just begun, ‘Repeat After Me’ is an all-out mainstage anthem sure to cause some serious damage at the world’s biggest festivals, clubs and venues. Armed with the energetic signature sounds of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren and W&W, this high-impact live set highlight has set its sights on only one thing: dominating the global dance floor for decades to come.
While this is the first three-way team-up of the staple artists ever, there have been a number of two-side collaborations between them that generated a huge amount of momentum. While Armin van Buuren and W&W only just collaborated on the iconic ‘Ready To Rave’ (after previously making waves with ‘If It Ain’t Dutch’ and ‘#D Fat’), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and W&W teamed up on mainstage bangers such as ‘Crowd Control’, ‘Arcade’ and Tomorrowland anthem ‘Waves’.
The release of ‘Repeat After Me’ is tied to the launch of a brand-new video. All in all, the blistering record and equally impressive music video make clear in no uncertain terms what you get when the #2, #4 and #14 DJs in the world decide to team up: a record so impactful you’ve got no choice but to hit repeat.
Shinovi is coming out with his new single ‘Muriqui’! The track had already been played by Armin on the ‘A State Of Trance’ show so it definitely deserved a single release.
Known for shattering expectations with a mere flick of the wrist, Shinovi once again raises the bar in terms of intensity. Exceedingly powerful and tempestuous, his brand-new release on Who’s Afraid Of 138?!, ‘Muriqui’, will have you pumping your fist and stomping your foot on the dance floor like a rampaging gorilla for the full duration of the madness.
It’s one of the highlights from his intention album and overall stunning track. Together with Belarusian producer Arston and singer-songwriter Vegas, Alexander Popov created a track you don’t want to miss!
The eruptive vocals, embracing chords and Progressive House-flavored lead synths say it all. ‘In My Arms’ is one of the absolute highlights from Alexander Popov’s ‘Intention’ album. A collaboration with Belarusian producer Arston and singer-songwriter Vegas, this song is the reason you’ll be spending a lot of time on cloud nine.
The ‘Take Everything’ STANDERWICK Remix was personally requested by Gareth Emery after the massive success of STANDERWICK’s Remix of ‘Reckless’. The rock influenced remix with its angelic leads and Emma Hewitt’s stunning vocals truly is a masterpiece.
Snarling electric guitars and cavernous live drums signal the arrival of Standerwick’s searing, rock-influenced remix of ‘Take Everything’. Seamlessly fusing his trademark edge and energy with angelic leads, this 136bpm beast prowls the depths with thunderous intent before a cathartic melodic counterpoint ascends; delivering Emma Hewitt’s vocals to the heavens.
Maor Levi filled 2018 with smashing releases on Armada, Armind & collabs with Ilan Bluestone. Now he is back with his new track ‘Celestial’ and it sure won’t let you down!
Built around a shimmering breakdown with dreamy background vocals and heavenly chord progressions, ‘Celestial’ sees Israeli mastermind Maor Levi deliver an absolute stunner of a record. From the big bassline to the serene melody and back, this song is like a higher power watching over us all from above.
For the first time ever, Armada Music is bringing its own event to Eurosonic Noorderslag (ESNS), one of the foremost music conferences and festivals in the Netherlands. On Friday, January 18, the world’s biggest independent dance music label will host its ‘Armada Invites’ showcase in Groningen-based night club Oost with performances from Belgian talents Stereoclip and Nico Morano.
The first name on the line-up for Armada Music’s ESNS showcase at Oost, Stereoclip has been making big waves in the scene with his own brand of deep, vocal-oriented, mysterious techno music. After the success of his first album (‘Hometown’), the Belgian talent released his second artist album, ‘Travel’, at the end of 2018. Many of the incredible singles on that eclectic electronic album will be showcased at ESNS on January 18.
Completing the two-part line-up of the ‘Armada Invites’ showcase, Nico Morano is known all throughout Belgium (and beyond) for his sophisticated signature sound: a blend of deep, melodic House adorned with a strong emotional touch. He has played hundreds of shows at highly respected clubs such as La Rocca, Café D’Anvers, Fuse, Ampere, Decadance and Kelly Palmer, esteemed festivals such as Paradise City Festival, Cirque Magique, Laundry Day, Ostend Beach, and Thé Dansant, and even world-renowned staple festival Tomorrowland.
Founded in order to stimulate and push the circulation of European music across the European continent and beyond, non-profit organisation ESNS hosts the renowned festival every year in Groningen, the Netherlands. Spanning four days, a host of acts of (exclusively) European origin and an almost full spectrum of musical styles, Eurosonic Noorderslag has played a pivotal role in the breakthrough of artists such as Shame, Her, Alma, Roosevelt, Aurora and Dua Lipa.
Enjoying a sunny morning in Amsterdam, strolling by its charming streets and stopping by to take some pics along its breathtaking canals it’s something magical… but when Eller decides to join us for breakfast, oh well, that’s definitely something extra!
Wondering what this amazing artist is up to right now?
So, Eller just moved to a new house, built a new studio, still teaching guitar to his beloved students and…take a look to our chat to know everything about our funny breakfast with a very special guest 😉
Jak Aggas is showing us he makes hot tracks with his new release ‘Playing With Fire’.
Infused with banging acid lines and an mighty drop this is a track you don’t want to miss!
Hot on the heels of ‘Russian Roulette’, Jak Aggas is ‘Playing With Fire’ for the second time. By merging the tempestuous bassline with banging acid lines, gated melodies and an infernally mighty drop, the English producer is definitely making his mark on Who’s Afraid Of 138?!.