Attendees of UNTOLD Festival in Romania were treated to a legendary experience when trance maestro Armin van Buuren threw down a seven-and-a-half-hour set on Aug. 2.
Opening with an orchestral version of his own “La Résistance De L’Amour” with Shapov, the State of Trance host took fans on an hours-long journey through some of his most iconic tunes and sprinkling in other trance favorites from artists like W&W, Blasterjaxx, Adam Beyer, and countless others. Also buried amongst the performance’s expansive track list were multiple IDs, undoubtedly leaving the crowd wanting more despite the set’s expansive length.
Van Buuren’s been churning out music since the late nineties, and at 42, shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. It’s even become a bit of a tradition for the storied producer to perform marathon sets at the festival, clocking in seven hours in 2018 and five in 2017.
Tucked along the Romanian Black Sea shores, NEVERSEA Festival is bringing another four days of electronic music eminence to the Constanța coast.
NEVERSEA’s July 4-7 lineup is complete with upper-echelon radio-ready talent and underground emblems alike. From Afrojack to Andy C, DJ Snake to Dubfire, Steve Aoki to Sub Focus, there are plenty of aural avenues for electronic lovers to peruse throughout the extended weekend. House and techno heathens should trickle over to the Temple stage to find clandestine club space veterans like Hot Creations founder, Jamie Jones, Bucharest-based Arapu, and masked minimal techno enigma, Boris Brejcha. Meanwhile, dubstep/drum ‘n’ bass devotees will find their footing along the Ark stage, where Sub Focus, Andy C, Flux Pavilion, and Rudimental are more than likely to be inciting high-speed sonic riots.
The beachfront festival has the ingredients to satiate dance-pop and underground audiophiles all the same, while challenging them to step out of their sonic comfort zones in the process. Last year’s installment saw roughly 210,000 visitors across its four-day span, with performances from Armin van Buuren, Lost Frequencies, Nina Kraviz, Black Coffee, and more via its genre-traversing lineup.
The NEVERSEA team has proven adept on the Eastern Eurpoean event front, heading another even more voraciously attended festival, UNTOLD. The Transylvanian trove of electronic talent welcomed upwards of 350,000 visitors for its 2018 leg. UNTOLD will usher in its fifth installment this August, with the likes of NERO, Bastille, David Guetta, Pendulum, and dozens more. Find the lineup here.
Tickets to NEVERSEA, the full lineup, and general festival information are available here.