Defqon.1 Festival

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Defqon.1 Weekend Festival
Defqon.1 Logo.svg
The official logo of Defqon.1 Weekend Festival
Genre Electronic Dance music, hard dance, hardstyle, hardcore, hard house, Freestyle, hard trance, Terrorcore, HardTech, Bounce, Speedcore and Frenchcore
Dates Netherlands (since 14 June 2003)
Australia (since 19 September 2009)
Chile (since 12 December 2015)
Location(s) Netherlands (since 14 June 2003)
Australia (since 19 September 2009)
Chile (since 12 December 2015)
Years active 2003-present(NL)
2009-present(AU)
2015-2016(CL)
Founded by Q-dance
Capacity outdoors
Website
Defqon.1 Weekend Festival
Defqon.1 Festival Australia
Defqon.1 Festival Chile

Defqon.1 Weekend Festival is an annual music festival held in the Netherlands, Australia, and Chile. 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. The 2017 Defqon.1 theme is "Victory Forever".

The primary stage at Defqon.1, the RED Stage, is the largest stage. (photo from 2014)

Events[edit]

Many prominent hardstyle artists perform there annually. Acts perform across up to seven stages in Australia and 14 stages in the Netherlands. In 2015, Q-dance debuted a new stage to Defqon.1 Festival Australia, the Green stage. Unlike its parent festival in Netherlands, this was the first time that a psychedelic trance stage was introduced to the Festival. It features well established psychedelic trance artists such as Ranji, Coming Soon!!! and Skazi. Defqon.1 Festival not only invites well-established artists to come and perform, it also invites various up and coming artists to perform on a smaller scale stage namely the Up & Coming stage in the Netherlands and the Talent stage in Australia.

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 (2014 for the Australian edition) 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. Since 2015, the Australian edition is extended to two days. Each edition also has an anthem, an official song that is played in conjunction with the festival. The festival also streams its videos live on Beatport for people all around the world to tune into.

On the Dutch event the audience has grown to 65,000 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, around 20 drug overdoses[1] and more than 80 arrested on drugs charges.[2]

Festival history[edit]

Year Location Anthem & Theme Number of visitors* Number of performers Date
2003 Almere, Flevoland, The Netherlands 30 Minutes (DHHD) 48 14 June
2004 Almere, Flevoland, The Netherlands Demolition (Tuneboy) 79 19 June
2005 Almere, Flevoland, The Netherlands Emergency Call (The Prophet) 85 18 June
2006 Almere, Flevoland, The Netherlands The Colour of the Harder Styles (Showtek) 103 17 June
2007 Almere, Flevoland, The Netherlands Get Wasted (Brennan Heart) 124 16 June
2008 Almere, Flevoland, The Netherlands Biological Insanity (Luna & Deepack) 119 14 June
2009 Almere, Flevoland, The Netherlands Scrap Attack (Headhunterz) 104 13 June
Sydney International Regatta Centre, Olympic Park, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia Maximum Force (Zany) 52 19 September
2010 Almere, Flevoland, The Netherlands No Time To Waste (Wildstylez) 115 12 June
Sydney International Regatta Centre, Olympic Park, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia Save Your Scrap for Victory (Headhunterz) 72 18 September
2011 Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands Unite (Noisecontrollers) 127 25 June
Sydney International Regatta Centre, Olympic Park, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia Psychedelic Wasteland (Toneshifterz) 72 17 September
2012 Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands World of Madness (Headhunterz, Wildstylez & Noisecontrollers) 55,000 21–23 June
Sydney International Regatta Centre, Olympic Park, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia True Rebel Freedom (Wildstylez) 15 September
2013 Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands Weekend Warriors (Frontliner) 55,000[3] 312 21–23 June
Sydney International Regatta Centre, Olympic Park, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia Scrap The System (Brennan Heart) 18,000[1] 14 September
2014 Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands Survival of the Fittest (Coone) 55,000[4] 207 27–29 June
Sydney International Regatta Centre, Olympic Park, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia Unleash the Beast (Code Black) 20 September
2015 Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands No Guts, No Glory (Ran-D) 80,000 250+ 19–21 June
Sydney International Regatta Centre, Olympic Park, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia No Guts, No Glory (Frontliner, Dillytek & 360) 21,000 97 18–19 September
Centro de Eventos Munich, Santiago de Chile, Santiago Providence, Chile Unleash The Beast (Wildstylez) 20,000 33 12 December
2016 Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands Dragonblood (Bass Modulators) 100,000 24–26 June
Sydney International Regatta Centre, Olympic Park, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia Dragonblood (Toneshifterz, Code Black & Audiofreq) 25,000 17 September
Centro de Eventos Munich, Santiago de Chile, Santiago Providence, Chile Dragonblood (Frontliner) 10 December
2017 Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands Victory Forever (Frequencerz) 23-25

June

*In the whole event

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Amy Dale; Nathan Klein; Alicia Wood; Simon Black (16 September 2013). "Dance party drug death victim James Munro pictured before the fatal Defqon. 1 festival". The Daily Telegraph. News Corp. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  3. ^ naam: (2012-06-21). "Festivalterrein Defqon.1 open - Dossier: Defqon.1". Omroepflevoland.nl. Retrieved 2016-12-15. 
  4. ^ "Defqon.1 Holland | Tickets Sold Out". Q-dance. 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2016-12-15. 

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