The World DJ Festival

The first festival I went to was the World DJ Festival. Hosted in Korea for about 6 years now (this year 2012 in Yangpyeong, Narukke Festival Park), DJs from Korea and around the world are brought in to keep the party going. DJs such as :

Dash Berlin – who has been contributing to the international dance scene for over ten years. In 2010, Dash was nominated for the ‘Best European DJ’ at the IDMA’s(International Dance Music Awards) and entered the DJ Mag Top 100 poll at number 15.  In 2011, he was placed #8 in the world in DJ Magazines Top 100 DJ Poll. Now in 2012 he is now ranked at #17.

ATB is a German DJ, musician, and producer of trance music. According to the official world DJ rankings governed by DJ Magazine, ATB was ranked #15 in 2011, a ranking he still holds.

Aly and Fila – Aly Amr Fathalah (Aly) and Fadi Wassef Naguib (Fila), the Egyptian duo who  started doing electronic music and djing from 1999. Ranked #64

UMEK – Uros Umek began DJing in 1993. He and his friends were the pioneers of dance music in Slovenia, and between them they were responsible for putting on the first large scale parties in Slovenia. The result has been that Umek is Slovenia’s most famous DJ, and techno is Slovenia’s favourite form of music. Ranked #27.

DADA LIFE – ranked #36 – Dada Life is a Swedish house/electronica band. Dada Life lets loose large inflatables in the shapes of bananas and champagne bottles, which have now become signatures in their live shows.

…………others include, Josh Wink, LocoSoound, Brain Shock (Live Set), Daedelus, Josh Gallahan, Alinep, Tomio Ueda, Showtek, FREEMASONS, PETE THA ZOUK, Joy Kitikonti, DJS FROM MARS, Scott Pullen, etc

With a lineup such as this – it was bound to be great. What was even more great was the location – it was in the middle of nowhere. That for me is always a sign that it will be an epic time – when I have no idea where we are.

I went with four of my friends- Kyle, Anita, Faraaz and Doc. We travelled a good 4 hours to get there, got a bit lost when the bus just dropped us off in a secluded area or a highway, had a taxi drive to our Korean hotel that was also in the corner of nowhere. It was one room, with thin mattresses for the floor, which all 5 of us would be staying in – this proved to be comfortable, spacious and a good place to just crash.

 

At the festival, while Faraaz and Doc were lighting up the festival with their dance moves as well as jumping on stages, Anita, Kyle and I went to explore the festival. There were 4 different areas for dancing – one area we came across what is called a Silent Disco. Basically, a disco where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones. Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via an FM-transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing. So much of fun to watch from the outside!

Koreans love to dance, and at the festival I really saw them lose their minds to music. They are so energetic and a lot of them dress up, wear glasses the whole day – sun or no sun  – and truly live for the party! Some even camp on the fields or in the tents while dancing away! Here are some pics of some of those peeps :

  

In Korea, B-Boy dancing is insanely popular as well as hip-hop and contemporary becoming a trend. There were a group of dancers dancing and cheering each other on, we sat in a cirCle and watched them strut their stuff. Some really talented dancers, definitely BFAB (Born From A Boombox)

After being motivated by such dancers I decided it was time to start dancing! We started and we didn’t stop!

I even had a moment with one of my top DJs, Dash Berlin , when he mixed into his set one of my favourite Trance songs – SUN and MOON by Above and Beyond – which brought me to tears and I completely felt I went into an emotional state of trance. Such a happy feeling that I will never forget!

It’s what happens when one gets to experience the feeling and sounds of music and energy.

 

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