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Most music festivals are places that transport us into a new reality—a magical environment of music, bright lights, and colorful people dancing into the night as the outside world fades away. 

But when the festival takes place in the heart of a city, a whole other kind of adventure awaits. Instead of finding yourself enclosed in a campground or a polo field or a NASCAR raceway, the venue is Amsterdam itself, Austin, or San Francisco. 

We call these kinds of festivals that are spread throughout cities, “urban festivals.”

With that said, making the most out of this kind of experience requires some adjustments to your game plan if you’re used to traditional festivals. This is especially true if you’re venturing out of the country.

EDM Maniac’s urban festival connoisseurs share the perks of the urban festival experience and offer insights on how to come prepared to hit the streets running. 

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When catching your favorite set requires navigating a city instead of hopping across a few stages,  knowing how to get around can save you precious time and money.

“If you’re going to an urban festival, It’s more complicated to do stuff but you don’t have to settle for much,” explains Harry Levin, speaking from his experience attending Noise Pop in San Francisco and Amsterdam Dance Event. “It offers far more than an enclosed festival if you prepare or familiarize yourself with it, and you especially want to be familiar with the nature of the public transportation.” 

This simple advice could have spared me lots of confusion and expensive parking fees before attempting to take on the streets of Amsterdam in a rental car—a move I wouldn’t recommend given the city’s state-of-the-art public transportation system.

By contrast, most US cities don’t hold a candle to Amsterdam in this regard. “It’s really hit or miss with logistics because you have a whole city to figure out and sometimes you just can’t know what that’s going to be like” explains long-time raver Danielle Levy, comparing her experience attending Life Is Beautiful, an annual festival taking place in downtown Las Vegas with CRSSD in San Diego.

If heading to an urban festival in the US, she says it’s a good idea to arrange transportation ahead of time and plan your stay close to the festivities. 

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Between Uber, public transportation fees, and planning meals, the price tag that comes with attending an urban festival can vary greatly.

It’s not always possible to know how much a weekend on the town will cost, especially when visiting a new city. Unlike traditional festivals, there’s a wider range of options to choose from when dining out or going for drinks, and the good news is this gives you more control over how much you spend.  

On the other hand, traditional festivals often offer free amenities like water, and this is often not the case in most independent venues. 

That’s why it’s always a good idea to set aside more money than you might need when budgeting for an urban festival. Opting for cheap meals (every city always has McDonald’s) and staying with locals if possible are always good ways to cut back spending.

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Local Culture

One of the highlights of attending an urban festival is getting an opportunity to experience the local culture.  Every city has its own distinct personality, and festivals like ADE, Life Is Beautiful, and Noise Pop offer a window into the soul of the community hosting the event.

This is where magic is found. There are countless opportunities for connection with people from all walks of life. I’ve never seen crowds as diverse in culture, age, and nationality as at ADE. People young and old from all corners of the world coming together for the love of dance music. It’s a festival that truly felt welcoming to all. 

Crowd Vibes

With a less enclosed format, people come to urban festivals with different intentions. Not everyone shares the same attitudes on crowd etiquette, and the crowd vibe can change quickly depending on your location.

“At Life Is Beautiful, I feel like even though it’s a city event, the people there are pretty used to it so most people know how to behave in crowds,” explains Levy. “But in a lot of city festivals, because it’s so multi-genre with multiple ages, there’s a lot of people who show up just wanting to party and they don’t know how to act.”

It’s worth noting that traditional festivals are not exempt from this, and the benefit of city festivals is that they offer more opportunities to change your setting if the vibe doesn’t feel right.

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An Individualized Experience

On top of exploring cities and their local cultures in new ways, urban festivals offer attendees the opportunity to truly take control of their experience.

“At festivals like EDC, you’re limited to what the festival can offer you” explains Harry Levin, “whereas with Noise Pop and ADE, you’re limited to what San Francisco or Amsterdam have to offer you, and in a lot of ways, you can curate a similar experience where you get to also interact with many different personalities of both the environment and the people.”

There’s no better example of this than ADE, where it’s possible to see top-tier artists give legendary performances in unexpected places like restaurants, hole-in-the-wall bars, and even grocery stores as well as world-renowned venues like the Ziggo Dome.

And when it’s time to take a break from the party, there’s still an entire city full of restaurants, museums, historical sites, and beautiful canals to explore.  These are experiences you just won’t find on traditional festival grounds.

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Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a veteran, the beauty and the challenge of urban festivals is that there’s always something new to discover.

That’s possible because, in addition to a weekend of dancing, urban festivals bring attendees face-to-face with a city’s local culture, and with an entire city to explore, the possibilities of making the experience your own are limitless.

Of course, taking on an entire city is more complicated than simply heading to a festival grounds, and that means sacrificing some convenience.

Nonetheless, with a little forward planning, setting realistic expectations, and keeping an open mindset, there’s no limit on how you can turn the urban festival experience into a successful adventure.

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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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