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This year, Insomniac presented their very first rave on a cruise ship: EDSea. This four-night floating festival exceeded our expectations and was truly one for the books.

Themed EDC performers were found roaming the ship (and the Bahamas) at all times, and the vibes were off the chart. The production was outstanding both on the ship and when we docked in the Bahamas for a private concert. Read below to hear more about EDM Maniac’s experience. 

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Vibes: A

The vibes at EDSea brought out the best parts of EDC culture, with people of all ages encouraging everyone to dance with each other.

Each theme night allowed for the highest level of creativity. From a sea of lifeguards for Baewatch day, to a boat full of swashbucklers on Pirate Night, the costumes were in full force.

Ground control, Sixthman, and medic teams were all in attendance and very proactive to anyone who needed any extra assistance. The hardworking staff of the Norwegian also took in festival goers with open arms.

There was even “Mr. Washy Washy”, a staff member who would sing and remind people to wash their hands at the Garden Cafe buffet each day.

Festival goers also had the opportunity to hang out with their favorite artists and participate in activities, such as a go-kart tournament and a tequila tasting which provided a unique, intimate vibe, as the artists were all stoked to mingle and interact with fans. 

Production: A-

For an inaugural sailing, the production at EDSea was out of this world. The Kinetic Ocean stage had a full LED panel and giant EDC owl guardians with tritons on either side.

While the music was bumping, there was an array of lasers that would shine bright as far as the eye could see. Some of the sets also had small fireworks and of course, CO2 cannons.

The entire ship was utilized, and many of the restaurants were turned into stages. Notably, hearing the DJ at Emo Nite telling the crowd to open up the steak house (in place of moshpit) was a funny testament to the utilization of resources on the ship.

There were a few delays with setting up the stages, which caused a few schedule changes, such as Cosmic Coral not being completely built until Tuesday.  However, for a first-time setup, these delays were expected.

The production at Nassau, Bahamas was unreal and the Nassau theater was turned into a private EDSea party just for EDSea cruisers. There were private food trucks, free water, and local Bahamian drinks available.

The set up of the island party was top-tier quality, with themed characters dancing around the crowd and two aerial artists who were magnificent to watch.

We were bummed that the Great Stirrup Cay party got canceled, as we heard there was full production built there as well, but the water was too dangerous to dock to make it to the island party safely.

Overall, we were very impressed with the production we did see.  

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Music: A-

The music was fantastic on this ship, with artists bringing their A-game. From dubstep to hardstyle to drum & bass and house sets, there was music for everyone on the ship.

Being on a ship for four days allowed artists to perform multiple sets and even multiple styles of music. We all know the battle of set conflicts, so having artists play multiple times throughout the journey was great.  

Wooli played a house set under his Stumpi alias which got the crowd moving even on the last day of sailing. The Mainstage,  Kinetic Ocean had some heavy hitters each night with sets from EDM legends such as Benny Benassi, Louis the Child, DJ Snake, Slander, and more.

If you were feeling house music, we saw some incredible sets by Will Clarke, Cloonee, and CID. If you were thinking of techno, Sara Landry absolutely killed her set, and Slander played as their techno alias “Before Dawn” for a “5:30am-???” set that kept us there until well past the sunrise.

There were a few sets that were placed on stages that were too small for their draw, which caused a bit of overcrowding and issues getting into the stage areas (such as BTSM on the Nest stage). By the next day, these acts were scheduled on bigger stages, which helped alleviate the crowding.

The music quality was loud and clear and there was no sound bleed from stage to stage. The only “sound bleed” was if you were in a cabin above or below one of the decks with a stage, you could hear the thumping bass from the sets.

But, this made you feel you weren’t missing out on a set if you had to go back and change or hang in your cabin.

Venue: B+

The Norwegian Joy cruise ship was beautiful and made us question how something of this size could even float. First entering the ship, EDC decorations, characters, and decor were everywhere making us feel at home away from home.

There were complimentary restaurants, buffets, and paid steakhouses for guests and artists to enjoy. The staterooms also each came equipped with room service while music was being played.

We did experience longer wait times for elevators during peak festival hours and opted to use the stairs at some points, but being able to walk from your room straight to a set in five minutes or less was glorious.

The stages themselves were spread out all throughout the ship and had different takeovers each day, such as Bassrush and Basscon.

The Nassau amphitheater venue was unreal. A five-minute walk off the cruise ship into the amphitheater was amazing and the venue itself was right on the waters of Nassau, Bahamas. There’s nothing better than a venue right on the water next to a floating rave cruise ship.

We were disappointed that the Great Stirrup Cay island party was canceled, as there were reports of a full stage/production being built that we didn’t get to see. We were also sad since the beverage package included drinks at Great Stirrup Cay, but did not onshore in Nassau.

However, the day at sea in place of Great Stirrup Cay was full of only positive energy. We know attendees were disappointed, but we really saw PLUR take over and keep the vibes going. Overall for its first inaugural sailing, the hiccups were minor in comparison to the positives. 

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Overall: A-

Insomniac’s debut of their cruise ship festival was incredible. EDSea was a four-night Caribbean cruise that offered music from some of our favorite DJs along with specialty dining, bars, lounges, spa and slide pools, and interactive activities.

The vibes were off the chart. Everyone who was on the cruise was there for their love of raving and dance music. There was truly no one there who seemed like they were having a bad time or seemed like they were just there to take a photo or post on social media. 

With this being Insomniac’s first time hosting a festival on a cruise ship, there were bound to be some issues. But, we were impressed by how quickly and efficiently the Insomniac team responded to any difficulties.

It was a bummer attendees did not get a chance to go to Great Stirrup Cay, but Insomniac made sure to have a full day at sea packed with artists and activities to keep everyone busy. 

Featured images from Demian Becerra and Adi Adinayev for Insomniac

Additional contributions from Maddie Whelan

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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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