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Over the course of its 22-year history, Primavera Sound has reached many milestones. In its early days, it was a local festival in Barcelona, and now it has become one of the largest festivals in Europe, expanding to host events on three continents.

Primavera Sound 2023 marked another milestone for the festival, its first excursion to the Spanish capital of Madrid.

Bringing nearly the entire lineup from its flagship Barcelona edition, Primavera Sound took over the somewhat infamous Ciudad del Rock venue in Arganda del Rey, Spain—about a 30-minute drive from the Madrid city center. 

EDM Maniac was in attendance and has the full scoop on the turbulent, yet fun-filled weekend that was Primavera Sound Madrid 2023.

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Vibes: B

The crowds of Primavera Sound in years past have had a reputation for being largely composed of foreigners traveling from the United States and elsewhere in Europe. Rock-and-roller Julian Casablancas even made a joke about it during his set with The Voidz.

However, we noticed that the vibes around the festival grounds were a beautiful mix of music fans from across the world. We met people from Spain, the UK, Ireland, Denmark, and the United States.

The grounds were full of seasoned pros and festival newcomers alike, and while most members of the crowd were a little more reserved compared to what we typically experience at American festivals, everyone was very friendly and happy to strike up a conversation regardless of where you were from.

Sometimes language barriers proved to be a little difficult, but we actually enjoyed practicing our Spanish and getting tips from locals. Most of all, the universal language of dance was on full display. 

Overall, however, in its first year at a generic large-scale venue, we did feel that the Madrid edition of the festival lacked a bit of soul and culture that usually comes with more established events.

Production: B

Large-scale mixed-genre music festivals don’t always provide the jaw-dropping production that fans have become accustomed to at big-time EDM festivals. 

By no means was the production at Primavera Sound Madrid overly impressive, however when it was needed, it shined.

We suspect that many of the headlining and big-name acts at Primavera Sound Madrid brought their own production equipment. We had a blast reveling in Four Tet‘s confetti cannons and Skrillex‘s pyro reached so high that it seemed it could scorch the roof of the main stage. 

An extra special production mention undoubtedly goes to Charlotte de Witte, whose incredible strobes and spotlights have been unbelievable throughout her Overdrive tour.

Stages were stretched far enough apart from each other to limit any concerns of sound bleed and we had no complaints over volume or sound quality all weekend long.

For stages in direct vicinity to one another, performance times were staggered to ensure that not a moment of music was missed and we took particular pleasure in viewing the handiwork of the crews in charge of filming each set. We felt incredibly close to our favorite performers, despite being way at the back of the crowd for a handful of sets.

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Music: A-

With a bill that combined some of the best names in indie, alternative, and dance music, we were absolutely wowed by all the performances from the artists on Primavera Sound’s knockout lineup. 

Of course, we couldn’t miss the trending talents of Four Tet, Fred again.. and Skrillex, and we enjoyed dancing with the masses to every one of Calvin Harris’ mega-hits.

We were also able to check out some amazing up-and-coming and mainstay acts from beyond the world of EDM like ROSALÍA, The Voidz, Depeche Mode, Kendrick Lamar, and St. Vincent.

Venue: C

Unfortunately, one of the biggest talking points from Primavera Sound Madrid was the cancellation of the first day of the festival due to weather. Madrid experienced an atypical influx of rain in the days leading up to the festival, forcing organizers to call off day one.

The typically dry climate in the area can often experience flash floods during unexpected rain. Other than a handful of puddles and a bit of mud, the ground had dried up by the time the festival started up.

We were bummed to miss an entire day of music from some of the biggest artists on the lineup, and though refunds and exchanges were given to single-day ticket-holders, no refunds were issued to those with weekend passes. 

Primavera Sound did, however, try to provide ticket holders with something else to do the day the festival was cancelled, opening up free tickets for Blur’s performance at a new venue, as well as a night of clubbing with Boiler Room.

Likely coinciding with reports that Primavera Sound drastically undersold passes, we never felt that the venue was crowded at all. Even when it was clear that more people showed up on day two, we were still able to walk right up to the front of the crowd for some of the biggest performances of the weekend.

We appreciated that the circular layout of the venue allowed us to bounce from stage with relative ease.

The ground surface at Ciudad del Rock is largely uneven dirt covered with astroturf. While not the worst surface for standing and dancing all night long, slight inclines and “potholes” were not adequate for those with ADA accommodations.

Bathrooms and water stations were limited, but only crowded on occasion due to the festival’s low turnout.

The largest and most damning problem with the venue was its extreme isolation from general infrastructure and transportation.

Ciudad del Rock is only accessible via one road – Spain’s A3 highway – making transportation to and from Primavera Sound Madrid an absolute nightmare. Heavy traffic on the way to the festival meant that arrival times in Taxis and Ubers were often tripled.

Even worse, the shuttle bus service provided by the festival was incredibly dysfunctional if ever present at all. Shuttle bus lines to arrive at the festival stretched for multiple blocks in the nearby town of Arganda del Rey; and in order to leave the festival, attendees were forced to wait in lines for upwards of two hours, often with buses nowhere in sight. 

Some tried to walk the 2.5 miles back to Arganda del Rey, while others gave up and were resting on the side of the road.

Once inside the festival, we had a blast, but the headache of getting to and from the venue began to outweigh our usually free-spirited energy.

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Overall: B-

All in all, we had a positive experience at Primavera Sound Madrid, but as it was our correspondent’s first European festival, we felt it left a lot to be desired.

Its first year in Madrid brought lots of logistical issues, but we felt that the main elements of a good festival were still there. We look forward to Primavera Sound’s efforts to work out these issues in the future and are excited to head back to Europe soon to experience the “real thing” for ourselves.

All images provided by Primavera Sound. Featured image credit: Christian Bertrand. All other images credit in order of appearance: Christian Bertrand, Clara Orozco, Christian Bertrand.

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A State Of Trance Top 1000 #1 Is Revealed!

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After 30 years of nothing but Trance excellence, with all the feels, and all the incredible talent, Armin van Buuren‘s legacy prevails. A State of Trance Top 1000 Award revealed the number one track of the label. We can’t imagine how hard it was to pick their top track ever. Cue the drum rolls please… The award goes to none other than Dutch Trance producer RAM and German DJ Jorn van Deynhoven. The honorary title is thanks to their remix of the 2009 masterpiece ‘RAMsterdam’.

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The Duo took it on their social medias to showcase the plate they received to commemorate the award. We can’t forget the track has earned over 10 million streams on spotify. The track embodies Trance in its rawest form. Its true nature and drive summarize the power the genre carries from decade to decade. Naturally, ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) reigns supreme over 999 other songs that have moved millions of people since the inception of A State of Trance. Furthermore, RAM mentioned on his Facebook post that after he earned the title, DJ Mag announced his residency in the number one Trance club in China for 2024.

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Both artists are one of a kind, and the award deeply recognizes the mark they continue to leave on a State of Trance and the scene itself. ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)paved the way for more unique sounds to evolve and develop to this day. RAM and van Deynhoven have what it takes to carry the title of worldwide phenomenon.

Congratulations to these two legends! Now, go ahead and leave ‘Ramsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) on replay. After all, it is the number 1 ASOS Top 1000 track.

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[EVENT REVIEW] Ultra Chile Returns After Nearly A Decade, And In Full Force Too

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The large ‘U’ festival celebrated a fantastic return to South America recently.

When you think of Ultra Music Festival, you likely gravitate towards Miami straight away. But we’re lucky enough to have them all over the world, celebrating parties far and wide. That is certainly a blessing for energetic crowds living in somewhat further places in the globe, like South America.

I’ve been here for a while, and it’s safe to say it’s growing a strong community of Dance-devoted madmen like me. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the Argentinian scene fairly well, and also those in its neighbouring country, Chile. This is a country where Hardstyle reigns supreme, and genres like Techno and its branches are seeing a roaring uptrend in the number of fans and followers. So much so, that Ultra themselves decided to pay a visit. A two-day visit, mind you.

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Ultra Chile: Its History

Chile had its first Ultra in 2013, with the next two years also calling artists from around the world to come together on the far southern end of the globe for Ultra Chile 2014 and 2015. The year after, Chile received a more compact Road To Ultra, as well as in 2017, for the Ultra host of those years was the continental giant, Brazil. After that, Chile would have to wait some time before the brand set foot on it again.

2023 saw Road To Ultra return to the long country for a Halloween party, headlined by Marshmello, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, and Two Friends. And this year, the acclaimed main branch returned in full force, with two days of unstoppable beats coming from a handful of places, and showcasing an impressive plethora of talents, established, up-and-coming, returning… everything.

It was held on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, in Santiago’s iconic go-to place for massive events, Espacio Riesco.

Day One: Friday

Day One kicked off late in the afternoon, at 7 PM to be precise. The crowds started to appear from very early on. Once inside, it was time to have a look at the place, and, oh dear, they truly made the most out of the venue. Three of the four stages were on that day, the Mainstage, on the back of the property and boasting an impressive open-air setting, the Resistance stage, a blacked-out, massive former plane hangar to welcome the best Techno represents in the world, and the Carolina stage, a local-lineup filled stage out on the open.

Day One Winners

Jumping between the Mainstage and the Resistance stage allowed me to watch basically all artists for a little. That’s life at a festival, you can’t really marry one particular DJ. That said, I think I’ve got my favourite artist of the night, and it is Stephan Bodzin.

I had never watched him play, so I was basically going in not knowing what to expect. Add to that, I was at the Main seeing Armin before, so I didn’t really know what I was about to witness. Walking into Resistance, the first thing I noticed was that there was A TON of space to dance and just be yourself. The Mainstage was filled to the brim with people, and well, that left the Techno-devoted stage with a crowd that was truly enjoying Bodzin’s magic. I did too.

I swear, ten minutes in I was already fully hooked. Eyes closed, moving side to side, that kind of hooked. Him playing a live set was a tenfold amplifier as well, since he was interacting a lot with the audience, and the audience interacted a lot with him back. Ask me to name one track from his set, I can’t. But what I CAN recall vividly is how happy he was managing his instruments, and how happy the people dancing beside him were. I was one of them, fully gone away in a trance. A star for you, mate.

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Day Two: Saturday

Day Two started quite earlier, promising twelve endless hours of good music. My friend — who flew in from Buenos Aires for the festival — and I entered the place just past 2:30 PM. And after a little day tour of the venue, we headed straight to the brand-new Resistance Square stage. Reason being, Daniella Da Silva was on at 3:00.

The stage itself was really interesting to me, since the Ultra guys turned this giant conference place into the host for the darkest, most energetic beats of the entire day. I remember my highschool once took me for University speeches or something of that kind literal years ago, and seeing it changed to fit a literal Ultra festival blew me away.

The other stages were just as breathtaking as the day before, and now places like the Mainstage enjoyed the geographic surroundings of Espacio Riesco: mountains for days. It was another level. Point for you, day parties!

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Day Two Winners

Daniella Da Silva

My friend wanted to see her so badly, and I wanted to learn from someone new to me. Good. Lord. Those were 90 minutes of nonstop dancing. There are pictures and videos of me absolutely losing it during her set which I won’t show for, reasons, but let me tell you, her energy is sensational. Dark, Hard Techno. I’m not of the kind to enjoy that in a car ride or on a normal day, but I for sure allowed myself to enjoy her beats at Ultra. I felt slightly sore after that, and that should tell you enough of how good of a set hers was.


My childhood hero. How wouldn’t I have enjoyed Hardwell’s set when he was my role model when I was in school back in the day? Growing up loving ‘Encoded’, ‘Spaceman’, and his remix of ‘Man With The Red Face’, it was about time to see him again. Absolutely nuts. Lots of what he played I had heard before at his Ultra Miami set from earlier this year, but far from taking away from the experience, it allowed me to sing my lungs out. Special shoutout to that ‘Strobe‘ x ‘Save The World‘ mashup which nearly got me crying.


These guys take the gold for me, no question. Seeing Hardwell, you know beforehand that it’s going to be a phenomenal show, but I had never seen Kasablanca before. I’d only heard their Anjuna tunes. And so my friend and I got to the very front of the Mainstage to see them. We could not have decided better.

They played a live set, just like Bodzin had done the day before. The difference here was the setting: While Stephan Bodzin played inside the warehouse vibe of the Resistance stage, Kasablanca did it out in the open. And their set just so happened to occur during the last hours of the day and into the night, sunset included.

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They absolutely rocked it. From synths to vocals to literal choreography, their set had it all. They truly made good use of the Mainstage speakers as well, with their fat-bottomed tracks. I can’t tell you just how magical that time was, even the landscape fit the vibe of their music. Mountains all around, the clouds turning slightly red at sunset (see a few pictures above), and the moon reigning high aloft by the time they dropped their remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Black Room Boy’. The duo take the gold, and my heart with it. I won’t turn down the possibility of seeing them in the future.

Final Thoughts

It had been a while since I last attended a big festival, since I’d been much more inclined to go to artist-focused events. It was a refreshing treat to come to Ultra Chile and soak in the festival experience again. My mate and I had a great time, enjoyed the food (shoutout to Papa John’s), the Gin Tonics, and the feel-good atmosphere. For now, be right back, I’ll be listening to Kasablanca!

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Adriatique’s ‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix) Is a Mystical Voyage

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As time goes by, some songs become timeless classics. Even more when artists reimagine different emotions and moods. This is the case with Eynka‘s ‘Beyond Us‘. It wasn’t long until Swiss Electronic duo Adriatique made their own renditions of the track. They amped it up a notch when they immortalized their rendition at the Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt last year for Cercle. Finally, we’re delighted to get an even more magical version of the track, brought to you by Deep House Parisian Icon Alex Wann.

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‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix)

How do you remaster and refresh a track that has so much influence and power, you may ask? Well, it seems like Alex Wann found the right formula for his ‘Beyond Us’ remix. From Eynka’s melodic touch, to Adriatique’s deeper and darker undertones, Wann manages to deliver an ethereal track with powerful afro elements. The percussion calls out to your ancestors, and the groove represents the vast deserts phenomenally. After a successful run with his Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ Remix, the producer continues to influence the world around him.

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A star in the rise, Alex has received the support from House legends Keinemusik, Pete Tong, Swedish House Mafia, Diplo, and Blond:ish. This remix furtherly proves his ability to produce with different elements and styles, such as Adriatique’s unique sounds. Earlier this year he embarked in a North American tour, visiting major musical capitals such as Miami, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Montreal. Next Up, Alex Wann will make his rounds around Ibiza, Milan, Dubai, and La Bourget.

Watch out for Alex Wann this summer! He will most likely reign supreme with this delicious version of ‘Beyond Us’.

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