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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. The same event saw the death of a male and around 20 drug overdoses.
|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||21-23 June|
|International Regatta Centre, Sydney||True Rebel Freedom (Wildstylez)||15 September|
|2013||Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen||Weekend Warriors (Frontliner)||55,000||312||21-23 June|
|International Regatta Centre, Sydney||Scrap The System (Brennan Heart)||18,000||14 September|
|2014||Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen||Survival of the Fittest (Coone)||55,000||207||27-29 June|
|International Regatta Centre, Sydney||Unleash the Beast (Code Black)||20 September|
*In the whole event
- Emma Partridge (15 September 2013). "Man dies at Defqon.1 music festival". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 15 September 2013.
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- "Defqon.1 met regen van start (Dutch)". http://www.omroepflevoland.nl/. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- "Defqon.1 Holland - Tickets sold out". http://www.q-dance.com/. Retrieved 7 July 2014.