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As a femme-presenting bisexual woman, I’m not often on the receiving end of much hate and discrimination but I still struggle to find a place where I belong.

But, The Magic Mirror at Sziget Festival made me feel like I was the puzzle piece that they were missing.

The Magic Mirror is the LGBTQIA+ venue at Sziget that has a strong emphasis on queer arts. Hosting drag brunches and industry panels, the Mirror is eager to create a safe space to talk about LGBTQIA+ politics and provide a platform for queer performances to take center stage.

When going to Sziget Festival, I hadn’t done my research and I didn’t know that Hungary had been under fire recently for anti-LGBTQIA+ government ideals. I learned this when I was already at the festival in the Magic Mirror.

With tears in my eyes, I listened to the “Drag Dad”, Stephane Magloire, speak with such a palpable yearning in his soul for the hate to stop.

He shared stories of physical attacks on the women in drag that happened throughout the weekend and even when telling these stories he didn’t have an ounce of rage against the attacker. Instead, he had pride in his voice for the people that surround him and pleaded his desire to spark change in our world.

I was in a tent full of strangers from all over the world that knew nothing about me yet I felt more loved than I ever have in my entire life. To go from that safety and warmth into the unforgiving political state of Hungary was shocking and truthfully very scary.

Prior to the festival, protests had been organized by Hungarian conservatists to ban the Magic Mirror from Sziget. Stephane Magloire (the visionary behind Queens Brunch Vienna) and György Ujvári-Pintér (the driving force behind the Magic Mirror program) fought tirelessly to bring the Magic Mirror back to Sziget and let love win.

Read on to explore the hurdles that these inspiring individuals face time and time again to provide a space for every human to live freely.

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EDM Maniac: What does it mean to you to bring drag and queer events to festivals, especially in countries that might not be as accepting of LGBTQIA+ folk?

Magloire: For me always, and even the inspiration behind Queens Brunch, is bringing queer art into the daytime. When we started in Vienna I was given the note, “This can only happen once a month,” and I said, “No that’s not enough.”

I have a friend who started crying at the end of one of the shows and said “I have something I can finally bring my grandma to.”

When you have it in the daytime and you can have this laughter, people record information easier. When you’re at a club, you can’t bring kids there, you can’t bring your family there.

When this protest showed up, there were two thoughts: “Omg a protest showed up, we should be scared,” or “Omg a protest showed up, we need to make sure we bring more education.”

Most of the people that showed up [on our side] were friends of Queen’s Brunch, and friends of friends of Queen’s Brunch. In any other circumstance, they wouldn’t have showed up, and that’s where education and numbers come into play.

EDM Maniac: One thing I was thinking about a lot while visiting the events at the Magic Mirror was people with depression or mental health struggles, and navigating their sexuality, I can’t imagine how hard it would be to process that alone and in a country that especially isn’t accepting. Have you gotten any feedback recently about how your shows help the mental health of people who are constantly battling? 

Magliore: Absolutely. I speak often about mental health because I battle with depression. There are so many people dealing with it, navigating it, and processing it.

The first time I came to Magic Mirror in 2019, I had just gone through a break-up. Gaslighting, racism, all of it. There was this Australian group who were doing their thing and at the end, these two queens sang Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand, “Enough Is Enough.”

I cried and I cried. This is how you go from dealing with it to actually processing it because you realize a lot of people are going through it.

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EDM Maniac: Can you repeat what you said at the end of the Queen’s Brunch today? That was really moving to me. 

Magliore: Absolutely. The thing about Queen’s Brunch is you may forget who the queens are who were performing. You may forget who you came with. You might forget their names, but one thing you won’t forget is how the experience made you feel.

So if you can take the whole thing, all of the energy, and put it into a ball, I want you to cut that ball into three pieces:

Take one piece and keep it for yourself. On the days you can not get out of bed; can not think, can not speak, can not feel; hold onto that.

Second piece, you find your nearest and dearest; the people that are struggling the most, you hand that piece to them. And you don’t have to do that physically; you just literally have to go up to them and say “Slay! YAS work bitch,” and the energy will transmit, I promise you.

And for the third part, what I think is the most important, go out into the big, bad, crazy world, and you give that piece to someone else. Share it. More joy, more love, please.

EDM Maniac: I think it is so important and special that you spread that message. Thank you. How do you navigate backlash to hosting LGBTQIA+ Events?

Ujvári-Pintér: Back in 2001, when Magic Mirror started, the mayor of the third district wanted to ban the Magic Mirror. There was a protest against the third district, and I was there, and Sziget basically said “No, we won’t ban it.”

So it’s really great that there’s never a backlash from the side of the festival.

Last year the third district’s spokesperson said we should put a sign that says “18+ years old” because we were talking about trans people and strange theories that Jesus could have been a transgender person.

And since it was trans and religion together, and the government is very religious, they said it was propaganda. So they said we should put a sign for 18+ and we didn’t.

We were able to do that because we don’t receive a single cent from the government and that gives us a sort of freedom.

EDM Maniac: What does this program mean to you? What is the best part of Magic Mirror? 

Ujvári-Pintér: For me, it’s the freedom. I’ve realized that freedom is so important, and, for example, for trans people, it’s so particularly difficult.

Even though I’m a cis man, this is the main thing that we can assure freedom to everybody. Experimenting freedom, experimenting points of reference, it’s super important to speak to not only certain societies to help them understand what it is to be queer, but also to speak directly to the queer community and give them hope.

I’ve had tears in my eyes because this is exactly what I want to do. I want to give hope.

Featured image courtesy of Sziget Festival Facebook

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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.

Hardwell

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.

Kasablanca

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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