Without a doubt, one of the largest Hardstyle Music Festivals in the world, Defqon.1 just about culminated its 2019 edition last month in The Netherlands.
Defqon.1 2019 – One Tribe, was held over the weekend of June 28-30 and took over Evenemententerrein Walibi World, Biddinghuizen. Over 85,000 like-minded souls united to become part of the ‘sacred tribe.’
Defqon.1 Weekend Festival serves as the ultimate sanctuary for those with a passion for the harder styles of music since the very beginning. From the start in 2003, Defqon.1 has ever since been the hardstyle highlight of each festival season. The first editions took place at Almere Strand, but as Defqon.1 became more popular, they needed to turn things up a notch. Hence Defqon.1 moved to Biddinghuizen in 2011, a bigger festival location that made the transformation from a day festival to a full weekend festival possible. Due to the expansion of the festival, the creative possibilities became endless, leading to the birth of multiple Defqon.1 highlights such as “The Gathering”, “POWER HOUR”, “The Endshow” and “The Closing Ceremony”.
This year they celebrated the 17th edition of Defqon.1. With One Tribe as its theme, the aim was to unite everyone with a passion for the harder styles during the ultimate weekend of madness.
With a lineup that spanned of the who’s who from the hardstyle scene, some of the acts that took to the stage were Angerfist, Bass Modulators, Villain, Da Mouth of Madness, Headhunterz, Noisecontrollers, Soundrush, Sub Sonik, Digital Punk and Wildstylez.
Encapsulating the essence of the festival in 100 pictures, the festival shared this album on their socials. They also used it to tease the fans of the live sets from the festival which will soon be uploaded onto the Q-dance YouTube channel.
Since 2009, Defqon.1 was also held in Australia each September at the Sydney International Regatta Centre up unti 2018. The promoters however indefinitely called off the festival since this year without any indication of when it would return with an official statement. Stating that the reason behind the cancellation was Defqon.1Australia being unable to lock down a replacement venue that adheres to the quality standards they strive for after Sydney International Regatta Centre and its affiliates withdrew their support for the event.
The festivals parent company, Q-Dance is a Dutch company that organizes events and festivals that focuses on the harder styles of dance music-mainly Hardstyle, Hardcore, and Hard Trance. Popular events and festivals organized by Q-Dance are Defqon.1 Festival, Q-BASE, Qlimax, and X-Qlusive. In addition, concepts created by Q-dance, are also presented at big events and multi-day festivals in the Netherlands and abroad. From Mysteryland to Tomorrowland, Q-Dance has been spearheading and spreading the hardstyle revolution.
Here is “The Closing Ritual” from the last day at Defqon.1. 2019 to relive some of the memories of the hard weekend that was.
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