Defqon.1 Festival

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The largest stage, Red stage, at Defqon.1 2014.

Defqon.1 Festival is an annual music festival held in the Netherlands and Australia. It was founded in 2003 by festival organizer Q-dance. The festival plays mostly hardstyle and related genres such as hardcore techno, hard house and hard trance. Many prominent hardstyle and dubstep artists perform there annually. Acts perform across up to seven stages in Australia and 14 stages in the Netherlands.

The festival was previously held in mid-June on Almeerderstrand in Almere. Since 2011 it is hosted on the event site next to Walibi Holland in Biddinghuizen. Since 2009 the event has also been hosted in Sydney in mid-September, at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. Until 2011 the festival ran for 12 hours, from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, and ended with a firework display. Since 2012 the festival is extended to three days. Each edition also has an anthem, an official song that is played in conjunction with the festival.

On the Dutch event the audience has grown to 55,000 with tickets sometimes selling out in less than an hour. In 2013, the Sydney event attracted 18,000 attendees.[1] The same event saw the death of a male and around 20 drug overdoses.[1]

Festival History[edit]

Year Location Anthem Number of visitors* Number of performers Date
2003 Almere 30 Minutes (DHHD) 48 14 June
2004 Almere Demolition (Tuneboy) 79 19 June
2005 Almere Emergency Call (The Prophet) 85 18 June
2006 Almere The Colour of the Harder Styles (Showtek) 103 17 June
2007 Almere Get Wasted (Brennan Heart) 124 16 June
2008 Almere Biological Insanity (Luna & Deepack) 119 14 June
2009 Almere Scrap Attack (Headhunterz) 104 13 June
International Regatta Centre, Sydney Maximum Force (Zany) 52 19 September
2010 Almere No Time To Waste (Wildstylez) 115 12 June
International Regatta Centre, Sydney Save Your Scrap for Victory (Headhunterz) 72 18 September
2011 Walibi Park, Biddinghuizen Unite (Noisecontrollers) 127 25 June
International Regatta Centre, Sydney Psychedelic Wasteland (Toneshifterz) 72 17 September
2012 Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen World of Madness (Headhunterz, Wildstylez & Noisecontrollers) 55,000[2] 21-23 June
International Regatta Centre, Sydney True Rebel Freedom (Wildstylez) 15 September
2013 Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen Weekend Warriors (Frontliner) 55,000[3] 312 21-23 June
International Regatta Centre, Sydney Scrap The System (Brennan Heart) 18,000[1] 14 September
2014 Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen Survival of the Fittest (Coone) 55,000[4] 207 27-29 June
International Regatta Centre, Sydney Unleash the Beast (Code Black) 20 September

*In the whole event


  1. ^ a b c Emma Partridge (15 September 2013). "Man dies at Defqon.1 music festival". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dronten akkoord met festival Defqon (Dutch)". Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Defqon.1 met regen van start (Dutch)". Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Defqon.1 Holland - Tickets sold out". Retrieved 7 July 2014. 

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Coordinates: 52°26′23″N 5°46′06″E / 52.43972°N 5.76833°E / 52.43972; 5.76833