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Q-dance is a Dutch company that organizes events and festivals that focuses on the harder styles of dance music like Hardcore, Hardstyle, Dubstyle, Techno and Hardhouse. Popular events and festivals organized by Q-dance are Defqon.1 Festival, Q-BASE, Qlimax and X-Qlusive. The events of Q-dance are easily identified by the letter “Q” on the event names. The logo of Q-dance is inspired by the power button, which if turned 120 degrees to the right creates the letter “Q”.
Q-dance was founded in 1999 as Qlass Elite by a couple of friends in the northern suburbs of Amsterdam (Landsmeer, the Netherlands). The first event created by Qlass Elite was Houseqlassics, an event that played old school house music. After two editions of Houseqlassics, in the year 2000 a few more events were scheduled for the year: 91-92 and Qlimax. A year later, in 2001, the name of the company was changed into Q-dance and a new concept was introduced: Qlubtempo.
With this concept Q-dance introduced a whole new music genre: Hardstyle. This new genre of dance music grew in a few years as one of the most popular dance genres and is still the main type of music played at Q-dance events. In 2002 Q-dance decided to expand the Qlimax event by moving to a bigger venue, Thialf stadion in Hereveen, the Netherlands. Qlimax grew fast and soon it was clear that the venue at Hereveen was too small to hold the event. Qlimax was soon held in a bigger venue in the GelreDome in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Until this day the Qlimax events take place each November in the GelreDome.
In 2003 on Bloemendaal beach, the Netherlands, Q-dance built a beach clubnamed Q-beach. In the weekends smallparties and talent shows were organized at Q-beach. After two summers Q-dance decided to pull the plug on Q-beach. In 2003 three new concepts were introduced: Defqon.1 Festival, X-Qlusive and the techno concept Teqnology.
In 2004 Q-dance decided to crossborders for the first time. In the German Weeze, on the abandoned RAF-airbase, the first edition of Q-BASE took place. With Q-BASE placed as the international dance event, Q-dance organized an event where visitors from all over Europe came to party. The year 2004 was ended with the first edition of QrimeTime, an event in which visitors were dressed like gangsters and Mafiosi to conclude the year.
In 2005 Belgium became an important country for Q-dance. It was in this year that Q-dance had a permanent venue at Tomorrowland. In 2006 the first Belgian Qlimax was held in Hasselt, Belgium. In 2007 the first Belgian X-Qlusive was organized and a year later the very first Belgian only Q-dance festival was organized: The Qontinent. The events in Belgium are organized by the Q-dance office in Antwerp.
In 2008 it was the turn of Australia to experience Q-dance. Q-dance organized a tour on three big cities in Australia: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Later that year Q-dance organized two editions of X-Qlusive Showtek in Sydney and Melbourne. In that same year QrimeTime was replaced by Qountdown, a newer concept to end (and begin) the year at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
In September 2009 the first edition of Defqon.1 Festival took place in Sydney, Australia. The festival was in the first year sold out. Also other countries were able to experience the events of Q-dance, in the form of small club tours, countries like: Poland, Brazil, Sweden,France, Italy, GreatBritain and Northern Ireland experienced Q-dance.
In 2010 Q-dance celebrated its 10th year of existence in the Amsterdam ArenA, the Netherlands. In its decade anniversary Q-dance recycled materials from past events to relive the Q-dance experience. The Ferris wheel of Defqon.1 2008, the “Flower of Life” of Qlimax 2008 and “The Mask” of Qlimax 2006, among others, were used as decoration. In 2011 Defqon.1 Festival moved from Almere strand to the festival terrain of Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands. With that transition Defqon.1 became an extended festival, where visitors could stay for multiple days in the camping next to the festival terrain. For the weekend visitors there was a preparty and afterparty. In 2012 Defqon.1 was extended even further. In 2013 Q-dance expanded their concept to South America and the USA. Organizing the first standalone events in the form of The Sound of Q-dance at Santiago, Chile, and Los Angeles, U.S.A. Also in November 2 by informations of HardNewsNL will be a new Hardcore event called Nirvana of Noise.
|Concept||Location||First year||Number of visitors|
|Defqon.1 Festival||Event area Biddinghuizen||2003||55.000|
|Defqon.1 Festival Australia||Sydney International Regatta Centre||2009||25.000|
|Q-BASE||Airport Weeze (DE)||2004||25.000|
|The Qontinent||Recr. area Puyenbroeck Wachtebeke (BE)||2004||30.000 (in 2 days)|
|Dominator||E3 Strand Eersel||2007||20.000|
|X-Qlusive||Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam||2003||5.500|
|Q-dance presents||Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam||2004||5.500|
|QORE 3.0||Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam||2011||4.500|
|Freaqshow||Ziggo Dome Amsterdam||2012|
|The Sound of Q-dance - Chile||Espacio Riesco Santiago||2013|
|The Sound of Q-dance - USA||The Shrine Expo Hall Los Angeles||2013|
|The Sound of Q-Dance - Canada||Shaw Conference Center Edmonton||2014|
|Nirvana of Noise||Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam||2013|
Defqon.1 Festival is a multiday festival on the festival terrain of Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands.The first edition of Defqon.1 tookplace on the Almere beach in 2003. Ina few years’ time Defqon.1 grew to be one of the most popular hard dancefestivals in the Netherlands. In 2011 the Defqon.1 festival moved to thefestival terrain of Biddinghuizen, wherevisitors could stay camping for the first time. Defqon.1 is organized once per year in the Netherlands. Since 2009 there is as well an Australian version of Defqon.1,which is also a yearly festival held on the Sydney International RegattaCentre.
Q-BASE was introduced in 2004 as the“The international dance festival”. On a former RAF-airbase in Weeze, Germany, thousands of partygoers from all over Europe come together to experience Q-BASE. Apart from the location, Q-BASE uniqueness is that it is a day and night festival. The festival lasts for 14 hours long. At Q-BASE not only hardstyle and hardcore is played, there is also room for new and less common music categories.
|Genre||Electronic music, hardcore techno|
|Location(s)||E3 Strand Eersel, Netherlands|
Qlimax is the longest running event of Q-dance. In 2000 the first few editions of Qlimax were organized in the Beursgebouw at Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Since 2003 Qlimax is a yearly returning event at the GelreDome in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The characteristics of a Qlimax event are that the show is organized around a theme, where much attention is given to the show and technology. The predominant music at Qlimax is hardstyle; however, it has become tradition to open the show with a jumpstyle, hard trance, or subground act, and end the show with a hardcore act.
|Concept||Location||First year||Last year||Number of editions|
|'91-'92||Hemkade 48 Zaandam||2000||2001||5|
|Club Q-BASE||Hemkade 48 Zaandam||2002||2002||23|
|Qontact||Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam / Beursgebouw Eindhoven||2001||2004||8|
|Hardcore Resurrection||Various locations||2000||2003||4|
|Teqnology||Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam||2002||2004||6|
|Qlubtempo||Hemkade 48 Zaandam / Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam||2001||2007||31|
|QrimeTime||Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam||2004||2007||4|
|In Qontrol||RAI Amsterdam||2004||2010||7|
|Qountdown||Heineken Music Hall Amsterdam||2008||2011||4|
|IQON||Sydney International Dragway||2013||2013||1|
In addition to concepts created by Q-dance, Q-dance is often present at big events in the Netherlands and abroad. Q-dance has hosted venues at Planet Love in Ireland, Global Gathering in Poland and the Monday Bar Cruise from Sweden to Latvia.
Also Q-dance has a permanent venue on national and international events of Mystery Land. Since 2003 Q-dance has hosted a venue at Mystery Land at the Floriadeterrein in the Harlemmermeer, the Netherlands as well as in Chile since 2011. Also in Belgium Q-dance hosts a permanent venue at the multiday festival Tomorrowland since its first edition in 2005.
Furthermore Q-dance also hosted in 2012 a venue at the Electric Daisy Carnival(EDC), a multiday festival in Las Vegas, USA. With 300.000 visitors spread over 3 days, EDC is one of the largest festivals in the world.
Q-dance Radio is an online radiostation that broadcasts hard dance music 24 hours per day. In the evenings they broadcast shows of known DJs and acts. Also often live music is streamed from Studio 80 in Amsterdam. The best known show is Thunderdome Radio on Wednesday evening (CET). You can listen to Q-dance Radio here: radio.q-dance.nl
Q-dance also produces since its start CD’s and DVD’s from their events. In the last few years Qlimax and Defqon.1 Festival digipacks are issued, with in there CD’s, DVD’s and Blu-ray’s of the shows. Watch the complete Q-dance discography on Discogs.
Also Q-dance has got a merchandise store which operates on the events as well as online. For Qlimax, Defqon.1, and Q-BASE, a unique line is still being developed. There is a general line of Q-dance merchandise which includes, t-shirts, jumpers, hats, fans, cardigans, jackets, bags, flags, and small accessories. Since the start of 2011, part of it can be ordered online at the Merchandise Store.
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