For those that we’re able to make the pilgrimage to Croatia this year for the 2018 installment of Ultra Europe, fear not, a major festival highlight is now available for your viewing pleasure. The festival took place from July 6 to July 8, and, aside from trance king Armin Van Buuren, featured headliners such as Axwell / Ingrosso, DJ Snake, Galantis, The Chainsmokers, and more. Now, Armin fans can enjoy his full 93-minute live set from Ultra Europe on YouTube.
Attendees can relive the riveting experience while others are guaranteed a deserved dose of delayed FOMO, as the video captures everything from the suspenseful intro to Armin’s stunning visual effects. And, let’s face it, the veteran DJ icon’s signature full extension of his arms atop the stage is one of the most entertaining things to watch, it never gets old. Armin Van Buuren recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of his label Armada Music and he’s maintained a packed summer itinerary, heading to Belgium for Tomorrowland on July 21 and the UK for Creamfields on August 24.
It’s somewhat counter-intuitive to think of a musical festival, a place for unparalleled celebration, as a place from which one may never return. Nevertheless, year after year, due to exhaustion, overheating, and/or drugs, a small number of festival-goers tragically validate this bleak reality.
As Ultra Europe 2018, held in the Croatian city of Split, came to a close, a 26-year-old American man was confirmed dead after attending the festival. According to local authorities, after falling ill, the man was rushed to the hospital on Saturday, where he eventually died the following day. The U.S. State Department confirmed the death to Daily News, saying, “We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family. The U.S. Embassy in Croatia is providing consular assistance.”
The man’s official cause of death is still pending an autopsy.
It’s worth noting that over the weekend, temperatures reached over 86 degrees Fahrenheit in Split, making drug use especially risky, drastically increasing the likelihood of dehydration in any case. Local media reported that, in addition to the singular death, an additional 24 attendees were hospitalized, with 60 additional incidents requiring attention onsite. A whopping 305 individuals were arrested at Ultra, with one incarceration involving a man found with 49 kilograms of marijuana (roughly 108 pounds) on his person.
Ultra Europe‘s 2018 installment in Split, Croatia brought together some of the finest globetrotting DJs in the world — Afrojack, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, and DJ Snake, just to name a few. Now, with the festival in the review, Dancing Astronaut has gathered some of the highlights in their full set form.
Not only did Angello debut an ethereal new ID, premiered alongside DJ duo, Still Young— Angello additionally left SHM fanatics with a little affirmation. “Swedish House Mafia loves you!” Angello exclaimed to the crowd as he finished his Main Stage set, an image of the Swedish power trio displayed on the stage’s back screen.
Ultra Music Festival has unveiled their phase one lineup ahead of the festivals European edition. The bill touts EDM heavy weights The Chainsmokers and Marshmello as two of the festival’s three headliners, with Eric Prydz occupying the third closing slot.
Other names atop the lineup include Ultra mainstays Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Axwell / Ingrosso, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Galantis, Hardwell and Steve Angello. In addition, techno stalwarts Carl Cox and Marco Carola will return to headline the festival’s new Resistance stage, which features some of techno’s most storied DJs.
The festival returns to the Poljud stadium in Split, Croatia on July 6-8.
Ultra Europe celebrated its fifth year of production this past weekend in Split, Croatia.
Though the lineup was enticing, featuring industry heavyweights such as David Guetta, Steve Angello, and Tiësto, it seems that the DJs booked for Ultra Europe’s fifth year wouldn’t be the only ones “performing” at the festival.
One couple proved to be a little more adventurous, or alternatively, a little more oblivious to their surroundings than most, venturing away from the set to satisfy their sexual urges. Yet, with thousands of people gathered in Split, privacy was not to be found, and the couple was subsequently caught doing the deed. While the probable embarrassment of being discovered is only temporary, YouTube videos have a bit of a longer life, making for a comical kind of cinematic souvenir for the filmed couple.
The best collaborations just might be born from the most chance encounters.
Cue the latest musical project to be jointly expected from two of dance music’s dominant Dutchmen, Hardwell and Afrojack. “When [Hardwell] had to make an emergency landing, you’ll pick him up and you’ll travel together working on new music” wrote Afrojack in an Instagram posted yesterday. The Instagram caption accompanied a photograph of Hardwell perched atop Afrojack’s shoulders.
Fresh off of his performance at Ultra Music Festival Europe, Hardwell encountered plane trouble on his return to the Netherlands that diverted the DJ’s flight. The pilot of the plane was required to execute an emergency landing in Split, Croatia once the plane’s flaps were discovered to be inadequate to last for the duration of the flight, the plane’s flaps experiencing mechanical failure.
As serendipity would have it, Afrojack too was in Split, awaiting his own departure to Crete where he would appear at Hersonissos. Afrojack invited Hardwell aboard his own private jet where the pair set to work on new music. “What exactly they produced together, we don’t know…But people can expect that they may release something together,” confirmed Afrojack’s manager, Ludvie Mailuhi. Mailuhi’s affirmation of the DJs’ collaboration has only been further solidified since by Afrojack’s Instagram.
Hardwell went on to perform b2b style with Afrojack in Hersonissos, making for a very happy accident for those in attendance at Starbeach, the European seaside amusement park that hosted the duo that evening.
It has been reported that a man died from apparent asphyxiation after attempting to swallow a bag of marijuana near Poljud Stadium, the venue which hosted Ultra Europe this past weekend. The 24-year-old, who hailed from Split, Croatia, appears to have eaten the plastic bag containing the cannabis in an effort to evade charges from police, who were pursuing him under suspicion of drug possession.
Reportedly, the man became ill while en route to a police station, and authorities attempted to help him before contacting medical assistance. He was then transported to a hospital, where he died upon arrival.
Over a dozen such “interventions” occurred at Ultra Europe, about half of the intervened parties being sent to the hospital.
Ultra Europe began its milestone fifth edition in the picturesque Split, Croatia on July 13, bringing in thousands of global fans to enjoy a wide array of artists across the electronic spectrum. From main stage heroes such as David Guetta and DJ Snake, to the legendary pairing of Sasha & John Digweed at Carl Cox’s Resistance stage, the festival truly included something for everyone in its enviable bill.
Set recordings from the gathering have already started to emerge, allowing those unable to attend a chance to put themselves in the crowd with their imaginations. Thus far, sets by Armin van Buuren, Fedde Le Grand, Carl Cox, and Axwell / Ingrosso have gone up – keep watch on this post as more emerge.