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Every April in Bangkok, Thailand, the S2O Festival attracts festival-goers worldwide to celebrate the Thai New Year at what’s known to be the “World’s Wettest Party.” What makes this “The World’s Wettest Party?” Imagine everything from giant water cannons spraying hundreds of feet into the air and raining down into the crowd to dancers on stage spraying attendees with water guns—basically, water everywhere!

Compared to other events EDM Maniac has had the pleasure of attending, this may be one of the most unique due to the water element and cultural significance. Historically, the Thai New Year, Songkran, is celebrated with large-scale water fights throughout Thailand. The water represents renewal by washing away any negativity from the past year and starting the new year with a fresh start.

Here’s what else we have to say about our weekend at S2O Festival in Bangkok, Thailand:

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S2O Festival Thailand

Vibes: B+

Although this international festival did attract attendees from all over the world, the majority seemed to be from various parts of Asia. We met many people who’d traveled from China, Malaysia, and Taiwan to attend S2O and made some local Thai friends.

Everyone was beyond excited to be there, but with the excitement on that first day, there was also uncertainty as to when everyone wanted to get wet in the water; this resulted in much of the crowd staying towards the back and near the entrance where it was dry. This did lower the energy for the first couple of hours, but slowly, groups of people (including us) started to wander into the splash zone.

Once everyone started to get in the water, people became less standoffish, and the water brought out the playfulness that we usually see at American festivals when there’s trading of kandi and trinkets. It’s known that many international festivals don’t partake in PLUR culture the same way Americans do, so we felt like the water added to that fun, carefree element that we typically think is missing at international festivals.

As it was a water-themed festival, you know that whatever you wear will get absolutely drenched, so we were also pleasantly surprised by the effort and creativity people put into their outfits.

S2O is a famous festival, and since it also takes place during a huge celebration, the crowd got busier as the weekend went on. Day two and three, we noticed more pushiness within the crowd and less patience when waiting in the food and drink lines.

Production: A

This was a one-stage show, so all production effort went into one area, and it did not disappoint. The stage was designed to represent a water factory, so when the water cannons went off with each drop, it was as if water was coming straight out of the giant water pipes of the “factory.” Combined with pyrotechnics, lasers, and the artists’ visuals, the blasts of water made for a sensory experience unlike anything we have seen at a festival.

Outside of the stage itself, sponsors and food areas were simpler. Most of them had interactive elements or swag available. Crocs had an area where you could customize your new pair of Crocs, which were available for purchase. Charge Spot was giving massages, and Pocari Sweat had everyone covered with water-proof phone protectors and goggles. Each activation also had individual viewing decks, in case you wanted an excellent dry viewpoint of the fun.

The big sponsors such as Pepsi, Chang, Durex, and Dewar’s Club had seating areas, viewing decks, photo ops, and even their own ad breaks in between sets. Our favorite and maybe the cutest thing we’ve seen at a festival had to be the Durex-sponsored Kiss Cam.

We were also impressed with the amount of fireworks! Every set had an incredible visual display that made us want to record every drop because of the “wow” factor of the fireworks display combined with all the water cannons. We also didn’t notice too many, if any, technical difficulties over the weekend and found the sound quality good throughout most parts of the festival. Even at the back of the food village, without a view of the stage, everyone was still vibing to whoever was playing.

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S2O Festival

Music: A

For a three-day festival, there was a solid variety of artists, such as Deorro, Wuki, Illenium, Afrojack, Subtronics, Armin Van Buuren, and more. And once again, the perks of having only one stage are no set conflicts, so we got to see all of them!

It’s always an exciting experience to see artists play at international festivals because some of them play entirely different sets than what they do in America—comparing artists we’ve seen previously, such as Deorro and Subtronics, who both played terrific sets. However, they didn’t seem to get as weird as usual with their sound. We noticed many artists tended to play it on the safe side and stick to their well-known tracks and mainstream remixes.

Being exposed to different sounds from more local artists is also a highlight of going international. We particularly enjoyed kicking off day one with Taiwan-based DJ Kenny Musik, who got the crowd hyped up and slowly but surely had the majority at the front of the stage dancing in the water.

The combination of hardstyle and water blasting from everywhere got the crowd going during Showtek’s set on day two. Subtronics sent us to another dimension with all the lasers and Pyro. Day three was the busiest and most energetic crowd, with artists Jonas Blue, Gordo (aka DJ Carnage), Afrojack, and, for the grand finale, trance legend Armin Van Buuren.

Venue: B

We did have a unique opportunity to preview the venue the night before the festival, so walking in on day one, experiencing it in full swing with water cannons going, and witnessing attendees take it all in for the first time as they entered the gates made it feel that much more special.

The venue layout was essentially one stage with VIP viewing decks on either side and a VIP deck with tables towards the back, the driest part of the festival. Then, to one side were the sponsor activations, and behind the main festival area were all the food vendors. Everything was easily accessible, although, by day two, there were areas where water had started to collect, so it did require walking or jumping through some puddles.

We love a good cashless event, and the number of “Top Up” areas made it easy to reload our wristbands when needed. For Americans, everything was reasonably priced, from electrolyte drinks for 50 BAHT ($1.35 USD) to Pad Thai for 150 BAHT ($4.09 USD).

The food village seemed to get a solid amount of traffic, and we felt it could be expanded since many people would use it as a spot to take a break or even a shortcut to get from one side of the stage to the other. As the night went on, it became more difficult to find where food lines began just because of the number of people walking in and out of the area.

Although the bathroom situation was porta-potties, even in VIP, there was never too long of a wait, and they were kept fairly clean. A practice we have noticed at more international festivals is that there’s no toilet paper inside the actual porta-potties, but it’s kept at the entrance to the bathrooms so attendees can grab it on the way in. This also makes it easier for staff to keep it in supply for everyone.

It’s a water themed festival, so as expected majority of the venue did get pretty wet throughout the weekend with few dry spots, even standing towards the back in the “dry zone” one could expect to get a little mist from the water cannons. The only negative was the lack of chill areas and dry stage viewing available to GA attendees, with the only actual dry spots being a small seating area near the activations and the food area, which didn’t have much stage visibility.

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S2O Festival

Overview: A

Overall, it was an incredible experience, and we look forward to being a part of it again. Even with one stage we were impressed with the level of production, ease of navigating the crowd and most importantly the music. The selection of artists that performed at this year’s S2O Festival was top tier.

There wasn’t the traditional rave attire or trading of trinkets that we may have been used to, but it didn’t stop attendees from dressing up in creative “water-friendly” outfits. The more international festivals we attend, the more we appreciate experiencing how each culture embodies what raving is and what we’ve realized. Whether it’s stated out loud or not, PLUR is always present in some way.

The beauty of dance music is that it has the power to bring people of all cultures together, and although we found ourselves in a foreign place, we felt nothing but welcome, which translates to PLUR energy. The celebration of Thai culture and it is a new year, so much positive energy was present over the three days at the S2O Festival. Letting go of whatever we may have been holding on to from the previous year and welcoming new, fresh beginnings left us with a sense of renewal, unlike any other festival we have attended.

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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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