It all started late Saturday afternoon when the best of trance artists came together at the Electronic Family Stage to perform at India’s largest 2-Day Multi-Genre Indoor concert at NESCO Centre, Mumbai. Having had its venue shifted from the usual Aamby Valley, Lonavala, to NESCO Centre, we might be forgiven to say that there was still a bit of apprehension at how EVC 2017 will continue to deliver an unforgettable experience, given that the Aamby Valley location was at the heart of all the fondest memories we have enjoyed over the years. Boy were we wrong!
The Electronic Family stage on Day 1 of Comio EVC 2017 turned out to be one of the best shows of 2017, and here’s why.
1. The stage setup
Electronic Family is known to be one of the most amazing conceptualized festivals, so the expectations were certainly high when we came to know that it’s going to be featured at Comio EVC 2017. Having witnessed it yesterday, it’s safe to say that the stage lived up to its billing.
2. Indian talent – Snowflakes and Get Massive
The air was filled with excitement as music enthusiasts ushered in their tribe nice and early to groove to the remarkable set of the Indian trance powerhouse, Snowflakes. The music was groovy enough to invigorate the crowd and keep them pumped for the day.
The set was followed by Chennai based Get Massive who chose to take the Anjuna route and got the fans dancing to the beat of some powerful tracks by Jason Ross and Ilan Bluestone to name a few.
3. Ruben De Ronde and Rodg togetherr play the perfect B2B
Armada prodigies Ruben De Ronde and Rodg have been known to the perfect partners in whatever they do, be it releasing a collaborative album – Togetherr, or playing B2B sets at quite a few festivals. And they proved it yet again with their B2B set yesterday at Comio EVC 2017. Treating fans to a few of their collaborations including tracks like “Intergalactic” and “Booya”, they were an instant hit with the crowd.
4. MaRLo’s energetic set
Treated to the progressive side of trance with Ruben De Ronde and Rodg, MaRLo took things to another level altogether with his set, featuring energetic tech-trance tracks that notched up the BPM levels by quite a few. His set had the crowd swaying to the commanding beats of “Darkside”. He ended his set by dropping the tempo with “Onaj” and having the crowd sing along to it.
5. Markus Schulz and his melodic based trance sound
The unicorn slayer – Markus Schulz, is known to have melodic and techno influences in his sounds, both production and DJing wise, and it was very much evident yesterday. The highlight of his set was when he played ‘Nothing Without Me’ and the crowd sung along.
6. Armin van Buuren’s closing performance
To everyone reading this, it might be the usual to say that Armin’s closing performance was epic cause that’s the standard we have come to expect, and last night was no different. Starting his set with the monstrous ASOT 850 anthem – Be In The Moment, Armin went on to play his collaboration with Hardwell – Two Is One, Pryda’s ‘Stay With Me’, ‘Heading Up High’, Gareth Emery’s collaboration with Standerwick – Saving Light, and a few classics like ‘In And Out Of Love’. Saving the best for the last, Armin played a special Christmas edition of Sunny Days titled – Christmas Days which the crowd sung along to. Having visited the country quite a few times in the last 5 years, last night’s performance perfectly showed Armin’s love for India, and vice versa.
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