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Trip To Ravers Paradise – Defqon.1 2012 AUS Event Review

Trip To Ravers Paradise – Defqon.1 2012 AUS Event Review

On the 15th of September 2012 I had the pleasure of attending Defqon.1’s Hardstlye festival boasting huge names like Headhunterz, Wildstylez, Zany and Evil Activities. If you enjoy your R'n'B or commercial dance and have never heard these names before? this may not be an event for you. Featuring seven stages of pumping bass lines at speeds up to 180 bpm, this is now the 4th year Q-dance has landed on Australian shores.

Defqon.1 2012 Australia raver wearing mask

Defqon.1 2012 raver girl with a water gun

The Defqon.1 festival takes place at the Sydney International Regatta Center, this where I found myself immersed in a unique and highly energetic crowd of people from all around the world. Gathering in one location to individually express their love for the harder style of music, from the more traditional rave gear style or phat pants & fluffies, to people dressed in costumes as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and even Vikings from Skyrim.

From the start my had been filled with not only genres of music in every direction but stalls of fruits, food and lollies but activities from taking a jet ski ride, body painting or laying down for a massage. This event had it all and with the use of Defqon.1 tokens that were easily attained throughout the day, made these transactions simple and uncomplicated exactly what you need for a great day out!

Black stage going hard

Defqon.1 DJ pulls a sexy face

After an eventful day of activities and watching some the biggest names in Hardcore and Hardstlye — Evil Activities, Neophyte, Toneshifterz and Organ Donors just to name a few. I headed to chill zone which was filled with mattresses and chairs, this ensured I had plenty of energy to party hard long into the evening, until the moment everyone had been longing for; the legendary Defqon.1 end show!

Taking a look at the lineup Q-Dance had decided to put on quite a few locals and unknowns this year. There was no issue with that, the music was absolutely pumping, but there were issues with sound quality early on in the day. I overheard quite a few people talking about it, I thought the amateur DJs may have been messing with the volume levels and EQ. Luckily it didn’t last too long, and the party kept rocking.

Defqon.1 Australia MC pumpin

Red stage at night

Headhunterz on mainstage

At the end of the evening everyone gathered at the Red stage which was constructed into a giant dragon, and from here this became the center of focus for Defqon.1’s famous end show, witch then filled the night sky in a sea of colours, flames and mind blowing lasers. Watching all this from the VIP stand at the rear of the stage was spine tingling, giving the VIP ticket holders one of the best views in the house. That in itself produced whole other and out of this world show. I have no doubt that with support for the harder styles growing all over Australia, more people will get to experience this impressive event.

So many balloons

Just when you thought the day was over and you had to wait another year to experience this amazing event, Q-dance have announced that they’re launching a new outdoor event in Australia, scheduled for April 2013. Q-Dance has promised that the new concept will take inspiration from some of its finest open-air spectacles, we look forward to hearing more and no doubt Q-Dance will keep us on the edge of our seats in anticipation with what’s to come!

Posted 30 October 2012, in Music & Events

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I've loved dance music as long as I remember. I've been hitting up raves, organising, and promoting them for ages.


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