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“Is everyone feeling what I’m feeling right now?”

I never thought such a simple sentence could be so life-altering. Spoken by my dear friend Matt, these words opened my eyes to the reality that everyone experiences pre-show anxiety; I’m not the only one.

Of course, there are tips online from influencers and other journalists about pre-show anxiety but it still never felt real. It never felt like my friends were as anxious as I was or that somehow the anxiety that these rave influencers were feeling wasn’t the same as what I was feeling.  My friends and I just never addressed it and therefore pretended it didn’t exist.

Cue my lord and savior, who finally asked what we had all been thinking: “Are we all anxious right now?!” And I’m here to say YES! It’s okay to have pre-show anxiety and I bet your friends are feeling it too.

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Lean Into Your Friends

It’s time we got real about pre-fest anxiety. And, yep, you guessed it, the first step to facing uncomfortable feelings is addressing them.

Noticing when you’re feeling uneasy before a show can be a hard task but it’s better to control your emotions before they control you.

I think we all aspire to be cool, calm, and collected but what we aren’t doing is relying on our friends to guide and help us.

As a society, we’ve somehow reached the conclusion that sharing our feelings is a burden to those around us. We feel as though having emotions that aren’t perfectly positive will bring down the vibe.

Our friends want us to have a good time and they can help us get there; we just need to let them. This doesn’t have to be a big mental breakdown or some huge ask of them.

If you are feeling anxious, start by saying just that. Be the one to break the stigma around talking about our mental health.

Recognizing that everyone handles anxiety differently is important too. I’m someone who likes to micro-dose alone time before the festival. I let my friends know that I’m feeling anxious and I isolate myself.

When I let them in on what I’m feeling, I usually get positive reassurance about spending time alone and it makes me feel better about leaving the group and my friends know I’m not mad at them.

Prepare Early To Avoid Procrastination Anxiety

We do have a certain responsibility to reduce the triggers of our anxiety as well. Being prepared for an event is one way to hugely reduce your pre-fest anxiety.

Multi-day camping festivals especially require a longer prep time; sometimes months. By starting your planning early, there’s more room to adjust and feel confident going into the weekend.

It’s proven science that checklists and to-do lists can significantly reduce anxiety. Most large festivals have packing checklists that you can copy and personalize. Making a list months before the festival will give you plenty of time to add things to it sporadically.

You can’t think of everything you need in one night, after all.

It’s helpful to set goals and a realistic timeline for everything you want to accomplish over the weekend. When the set times come out for the festival, start making a loose schedule for yourself. This includes sets you want to see, any recharge time you need, and time to explore the venue itself.

By having a loose idea of how you want your days to go, you will decrease the feeling of wasting your days or missing things you really wanted to see.

Don’t make the mistake of overbooking yourself.  There are going to be things you’ll want to see and do that you didn’t even think of before the event.

Life is going to happen and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Leave space in your schedule for ‘oopsie’ moments.

In some multiverse your car will get a flat or Kyle will forget all of his camping gear at his parent’s house. Having flexibility in your schedule and going with the flow will make these moments feel less debilitating.

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Take Care Of Yourself

Preparing early for a festival will allow you to tackle obstacles little by little but nonetheless preparing for a festival can frequently be taxing.

Set aside time to specifically take care of yourself. Make sure you’re continuing to do things you love before the festival, especially if they’re part of your routine.

‘Normalcy’ is highly rooted in routine and the human psyche can become unbalanced with even the slightest shift in the day-to-day. This then opens the door for anxiety to make a home in the absence of balance.

Continue to work out regularly if that’s what you typically do. Spend time outside and take a break from festival planning every once in a while. Most importantly, feed your body balanced, nourished meals.

We all know that feeling of having no food in the fridge before a festival. We’ve either packed it all away for camping or hesitated to buy more before heading off for the weekend.

Clean, healthy energy is the glue between mental and physical symbiosis.

Tidy Your Space And Eliminate Future Anxiety

Without you even knowing it, your mind is in constant communication with your environment. And there’s nothing quite like packing for a festival that will destroy both your physical space and your mental space.

Clothes sprawled out on the bed after organizing your fits; the kitchen covered with food in the midst of packing the coolers; camping gear exploding from the garage. We all know the song and dance of preparing for a weekend-long festival.

Having a tidy space can only set you up for success and feels like a weight lifted off your chest. But the honest reality is that we often don’t prioritize cleaning before the festival.

Getting your things together early allows you to make sure you have everything while leaving time to clean up after yourself.

You might not notice it at the time, but I promise your mind will thank you for leaving a positive, inviting space to come home to.

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Remember Why You Do This!

Even if you anticipate every disaster and have all of your ducks in a row, anxiety can and will creep up on you. Learning and practicing healthy coping mechanisms will help you navigate these moments.

Managing anxiety looks different for everyone. Tools you can utilize include closing your eyes and deep breathing when everything all feels a little too heavy.

When your mind feels like it is spiraling out of control, try grounding yourself. Honing in on the 3-3-3 rule can help you feel more connected to reality. This rule asks you to name three things you can see, name three things you can hear, and move three body parts.

Most importantly, remember why you live this life. Remind yourself that you love raving!

A lot of the time you can’t pinpoint why you’re feeling anxious but something unknown about the show or festival is making you feel uneasy. Reminding yourself that 99% of the time everything ends up okay helps tame the on-edge feelings. I can guarantee that you’ve already conquered the hardest thing in your life to this point.

Remind yourself to relax and let yourself have fun! Don’t set your expectations too high and live in the moment with your friends. The universe has a special way of having your back.

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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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