Many of us have enjoyed trance since it became its own genre all the way back in the 1990s, but for some reason some scenes and cities have had a hard time catching on. Today, we’ve found three cities where trance is gaining a following and that will hopefully bloom into trance hubs over the coming years.
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Earlier this year, what we proudly call the world’s biggest and most magical festival Tomorrowland announced their 2018 line-up, which is packed full of trance acts. This isn’t particularly surprising considering that last year’s festival had a total of five trance stages, but we’re so excited that they’ve decided to add another two for 2018. So, alltogether we’ll have the Anjunabeats, Bonzai, Classic, Energy, Future Sound of Egypt, VII and A State of Trance to enjoy, with acts including Ilan Bluestone, Gareth Emery and Astrix on the roster. As we’re sure you know, Tomorrowland takes place in Boom, Belgium, approximately 20 kilometres from the great city of Antwerp. This historic city is home to some of the world’s most beautiful buildings such as the Cathedral of Our Lady, Grote Markt van Antwerpen and Museum Plantin-Moretus. There are dozens of museums to visit, in addition to places of worship and grand theatres that host magnificent shows. However, one thing they don’t have is a huge trance scene. That isn’t to say there’s no trance in Antwerp at all. There are some upcoming trance events in the city like 20 Years of Iboga Records, Psy-Fi Warming Up Belgium and Organic Dreams VIII with Astrix, DigiCult and more. There’s also something called Once Upon A Caravan but we didn’t want to ask many questions about that one. Hopefully, as Tomorrowland continues to gain popularity, Antwerp will begin to embrace trance even more and will become a European trance hub.
Las Vegas, United States
There is no denying the vast amounts of entertainment, the enduring interest and incredible influence of Las Vegas, Nevada. Thousands of tourists flock to the city’s casinos every year and there are shows to suit all tastes – Cirque du Soleil hosts no fewer than 7 shows in Sin City at the moment and has been part of the city’s cultural landscape for the last 20 years. Superstars from Celine Dion to Elton John perform there on an almost nightly basis and making bank. For example Dion made an average of $548 million per show during her Vegas time, according to an article by online operator Betway. Unfortunately, one area of entertainment that Las Vegas has lacked in for quite a while now is trance music, which is odd considering one of the most famous movies ever set in the city, Fear and Loathing, went particularly heavy on the genre. Sure, music-lovers could head to XS Nightclub, PERFECTO at Rain Nightclub or LIGHT, but actually managing to listen to any trance there is a little like catching smoke. That is, until recently when one big name visited a little lounge on The Strip.
Legendary American DJ and progressive trance music pioneer Christopher Lawrence, famous for hits including Rush Hour, Mind Eraser and October’s Child, visited Las Vegas’ Sahara Lounge back in December 2017. When asked why had given festival like Dreamstate a break to perform in a Las Vegas club, Lawrence explained in an interview with Las Vegas Weekly: “When you play a club and it’s more intimate, you can play stuff that’s got more subtleties. You can play tracks that are more delicate and have more finesse. You can play a sound that is more diverse.” Following Lawrence’s visit, a few more trance events began to spring up in Eventbrite on Las Vegas’ schedule, though we’re hoping even more will pop up over the coming months. After all, we can’t think of anywhere better to experience trance music than in Sin City itself.
In June 2015, Japan finally lifted their 67-year-old dancing ban. That’s right, it was illegal to dance in public areas throughout Japan for over half a century, a law put in place soon after World War II. For decades, Japan and its capital city of Tokyo has been the pinnacle of technological evolutions, unbeatable commitment to careers and serious weirdness, but no dancing was allowed to take place legally until recently. Needless to say, as soon as that ban got lifted – perhaps due to the approaching 2020 Olympics – nightclubs began to thrive and the Electric Daisy Carnival was even held there, though not without persistent limitations. Despite discotheque licences continuing to be almost unobtainable, lovers of all kinds of music continued to create clubs even if they had to be on the edges of Tokyo such as in Kabukicho, Ebina and Hachioji. It’s places like this where locals and visitors alike can go to listen to trance on an almost weekly basis, at clubs including the creatively named Jump The Party Dance Club and Club Space Ultra. Clearly, Tokyo citizens are willing to travel pretty far to get their trance fix so we hope that in the near future trance will begin to make its way
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