PHOTO CREDIT: ALDA Events Facebook
It’s time for another travel/festival update and this is a special one because I’m coming to you from my very first Amsterdam Dance Event! This event has been on my bucket list for four years now and I’m beyond excited to see what the week has in store for me! It’s only day two out of five and I’m already mind blown at how insane this event is!
Today, I was invited by the lovely people at ALDA events to attend a surprise event with the man himself, Armin van Buuren! Myself and nineteen other media and fans were driven to a secret location in Amsterdam with only a clue about what the surprise could be: we can’t be afraid of heights! Since the beginning of my travels back in 2015, one thing that I’ve been dying to do is to have Dinner In The Sky but I’ve never been in the right place at the right time to score a reservation. You can only imagine how excited I was to step out of the blacked out van to find a specially crafted, ASOT branded set up with a DJ booth instead of a dinner table. I quickly met up with some familiar faces and introduced myself to some new ones before being escorted to my seat and strapped in.
It wasn’t long before Armin arrived, straight out of the studio, to play an exclusive 20 minute set in the sky! This wasn’t just any set though, this would be the moment he revealed the official theme and anthem for #ASOT900! The theme for A State Of Trance 900 is ‘Lifting You Higher’! Check out the anthem below.
He then followed with the anthems from the previous ASOT milestones, which I absolutely adore, and we all had the time of our lives, partying 60m above Amsterdam! The view was simply incredible and although I was absolutely freezing, I enjoyed every single second of it! Unfortunately, the party couldn’t last forever and before we knew it, we were back on the ground and Armin was headed back to the studio. This entire experience was so surreal and I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that literally only a couple of days ago, I was shoving a camera in his face in Mexico, and suddenly I’m sitting in a crane suspended 60 meters above Amsterdam, watching him play an exclusive set! Literally what is my life?!
So What Is A State Of Trance? Not only is it one of the most incredible feelings in the world, but it’s Armin van Buuren’s world renowned radio show. Each 50 episodes is celebrated with a special ASOT festival in the Netherlands before touring the world to specially chosen locations. This year, I was lucky enough to celebrate 850 episodes of ASOT in three of the six locations (USA, Australia and Belgium)! You can read my review of ASOT850 Sydney here!
Celebrating the milestone in the Netherlands is pretty high up on my bucket list and although I wasn’t able to make it this year, ASOT900 in Utrecht is already locked into my 2019 schedule and should definitely be penciled into yours too! The event will also take place in Spain and Ukraine later in the year with more locations still to be announced!
WHEN: 23 February, 2019
WHERE: Utrecht, Netherlands
PRICE: 55 EURO ($88 AUD) Sold Out, 60 EURO ($97 AUD)
That’s all for now! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week will bring and I’ll be back in a couple of days to tell the tale! ✌🏻