Europe has some of the best trance clubs in the world
Trance has come a long way since the 1990s. From the euphoric melodies that defined the start of the era to the countless subcategories of today, trance has become a powerhouse genre in its own right. Unlike some styles of music (happy hardcore, anyone?), trance continues to increase in popularity year after year, and shows no signs of fading into the background. Particularly in Europe. Whether you are into Balearic, progressive, psychedelic or hard trance, there is a club, festival or event to suit your tastes in one of the many European trance scenes. You just need to know where to look!
Home to one of the world’s biggest and most magical festivals, Tomorrowland, Belgium is fast becoming a huge European trance hub. The festival takes place in Boom, which is 20 kilometres from the beautiful city of Antwerp. While trance has yet to really take off in Antwerp, they have a great line up of incredible trance events which look set to confirm Belgium’s reputation as the latest and greatest addition to the trance scene of Europe. From 20 Years of Iboga Records and Psy-Fi Warming Up Belgium to Organic Dreams VIII with Astrix and Digitcult, visiting Belgium needs to be high on any trance fan’s bucket list.
Arguably the birthplace of the 90s trance scene, London still plays a huge role in the continuing development of the genre. Whether you want to hear classic trance or progressive, London has got you covered. Clubs such as the Gallery have stood their ground against the onslaught of EDM, bringing in big name trance DJs every Friday for crowds in their thousands. The ongoing appeal of the London trance scene is not lost on international DJs such as Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz and Arctic Moon who are all more than happy to grace the decks at the Gallery on a regular basis. Manchester is also worth a visit, with a super popular tech-trance scene keeping the local clubs dancing until the small hours.
Caption: Trance DJs are super popular in Europe’s clubs
One of the world’s biggest trance music festivals, Dreamstate, has confirmed that it will be holding its annual event in the historic city of Gliwice, Poland. The line-up so far features star-studded names such as Alpha 9, Eric Senn and Patterson with more names set to be released nearer the time. Dreamstate has become an international phenomenon, selling out in San Francisco, LA, New York and Melbourne, so it may be the dawn of a new trance era in this central European country.
Home to some of the best trance events in Europe, the Czech Republic is quickly becoming a huge trance hub. From the sold-out Transmission events to the massive Above & Beyond festivals, it’s safe to say that the Czech trance scene is here to stay. But it’s not just the festivals that are drawing the crowds. Prague’s nightlife is gaining its own reputation among the trance community as one of the best hotspots for progressive music, with superclub Karlovy Lazne offering fans the chance to dance the night away in a converted swimming pool.
The Netherlands has given us some of the best trance DJs in the world. Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and Menno De Jong are among some of the biggest influencers of the global trance scene, so it is no surprise that it also has a scene of its very own. While Amsterdam is known for its EDM scene, it is the city of Utrecht that finds itself popular with trance fans. From the huge annual trance event Energy to Armin’s A State of Trance festival, Utrecht is unquestionably one of the hottest trance destinations in Europe.
It doesn’t get much better than Ibiza for trance. Whether you want secret parties, hardcore events or Balearic vibes, Ibiza has it all. Every Monday, Tiesto holds a regular party at Privilege while Ferry Corsten hosts his own night on Tuesdays at Sankeys. Cream at Amnesia is ideal for anyone looking for the biggest names in trance and regularly features stars such as Sander van Doorn, Eddie Halliwell and John O’Callaghan. But you can’t go to Ibiza without checking out trance legend Judge Jules who holds Judgement Sundays at Eden every week.
With so many amazing European trance scenes in the mix, your only problem is going to be working out which one to visit first!
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