Awakenings Upclose: Redefining the Spring Festival Experience

As the days grow longer and the air gets warmer, the anticipation for festival season has been mounting. This year, techno enthusiasts have something truly special to look forward to: Awakenings Upclose. Scheduled for May 18 and 19 in the picturesque setting of Spaarnwoude, this new festival promises an intimate and innovative experience, steering away from the usual headliner-heavy lineups to focus on the essence of techno music.

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Awakenings, renowned for its spectacular productions and unparalleled dedication to the techno genre, has been a staple in the electronic music scene for over two decades. Their flagship event, the Awakenings Summer Festival in Hilvarenbeek, is the largest techno festival in the world, drawing crowds from all corners of the globe. However, with the launch of Awakenings Upclose, the organisation is taking a bold step to reinvent its spring offering.

A New Direction for a Legendary Festival

Tim Middelesch, Awakenings’ brand manager, explains the vision behind Upclose: “As a counterpart, we seek much more intimacy with Awakenings Upclose in Spaarnwoude. Standing in the middle of that dance floor, being carried away by that energy for hours, being absorbed in that feeling together. Awakenings Upclose is all about that feeling, but still with the wow effect you expect from us, with an impressive production, the best sound and the best techno artists. With this festival we are really going to do something different than we have done at this location in recent years.”

The site has been completely reimagined with new stages and layouts, featuring innovative designs and light art installations that promise a fresh experience even for seasoned Awakenings attendees. This smaller, more intimate setting is perfect for fostering a deeper connection between the artists and the audience.

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Highlights of Awakenings Upclose

Awakenings Upclose features an eclectic mix of artists, each bringing their unique flair to the festival. Notably, the lineup will spotlight over 25 artists making their debut at the festival, emphasising new and emerging talents. Among the headliners, Joris Voorn will captivate with a “trip to galaxy” set of hypnotic techno, while Nina Kraviz surprises with a house set. The festival highlights special collaborations like Speedy J with Colin Benders and ROD with Stranger, alongside Kanding Ray & Gigi FM and Amoral & Beste Hira. Harder techno enthusiasts can look forward to 999999999, Rebekah, and I Hate Models. Newcomers like Marlon Hoffstadt (DJ Daddy Trance), Funk Assault, Azyr, and Marie Montexier will also make their festival debuts, injecting fresh energy and sounds into the event.

Don’t Miss the After Hours at Bret

The experience doesn’t end when the sun sets. Awakenings After Hours at Bret ensures that the party continues into the night on May 18 and 19. Bret will transform into the ultimate afterparty destination, offering the essential nightcap to your festival weekend. It’s the perfect place to keep the vibes alive and extend the euphoric feeling of Awakenings Upclose.

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Looking Ahead to Summer

While Awakenings Upclose is set to redefine the spring festival scene, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Awakenings Summer Festival in Hilvarenbeek. Known as the world’s largest techno festival, this summer edition promises another unforgettable experience with its massive scale and star-studded lineup.

Join the Techno Revolution

Tickets for Awakenings Upclose are already on sale through the Awakenings website. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to the scene, Awakenings Upclose is your chance to be part of something truly unique. Get ready to immerse yourself in the purest essence of techno, connect with fellow music lovers, and create lasting memories in an intimate and innovative setting.

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