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PostSubject: Trance Festivals   Trance Festivals Icon_minitimeFri May 25, 2007 2:28 pm

The best known Trance Festivals in the world are held in the Netherlands. They are mainly organized by three companies ID&T, UDC and Q-Dance :

* Trance Energy, Jaarbeurs, Utrecht (30 000 visitors) : The only festival which features only trance music, and very popular for diehard fans of trance. Many well-received DJs have played sets at this event, helping to create its fame. Organized by ID&T.
* Sensation, Amsterdam Arena (80 000 visitors on two nights). Not a trance-only festival, many genres such as house and hardstyle coexist. Famous for the venue (a football stadium) and the lightshow. Organized by ID&T.
* [Monster-Massive] Los Angeles Sports Arena Event held once a year on the night of halloween. Typically an audience of electronica enthusisasts of appox 15,000+ attend. http://www.monstermassive.com
* Armin Only, Ahoy, Rotterdam : The only DJ to mix at this event is the very popular Armin Van Buuren. Organized by UDC.
* Qlimax, Gelredome, Amhem (20 000 visitors) : A Hardstyle, Hard Trance event which has been gaining in popularity recently. Renowned for its impressive laser show. Organized by Q-Dance.
* Dance Valley, Netherlands : An outdoor festival organized by UDC.
* Ultra Music Festival, Miami, Florida, USA : (80,000 visitors): A two day-long event with eleven stages playing various genres of electronic music with the main stage focusing on trance. Famous for their impressive linup of the most famous and influential DJs in the world along with pyrotechnics and light/laser shows.
* Ultraworld and Universe Kryal Castle, Ballarat, Victoria, AUSTRALIA a 12 hour long event, comprising mainly Hardstyle, Hard Dance and Hard Trance (also feturing happy hardcore) event held in a replicated medieval castle. has multiple "rooms" listed in order of size.

Those festivals typically attract visitors from many European countries due to easy connections from rail and air of Dutch cities.

Many other countries lack such festivals due to legal restrictions. Public prosecution departments in many countries notably France have been reluctant to give permits for techno and trance events, due to perceived drug issues.[citation needed] Recently however, ID&T has been expanding operations and begun to organize festivals in Belgium and Germany.

One other noticeable exception is the Global Gathering festival brand promoted by the Angel Music Group. The weekend long Global Gathering held every summer in the UK features the Godskitchen arena as its centrepiece, showcasing the best trance and techno acts in the world and attracting 45,000 between a Friday afternoon and a Sunday morning. The organisation promotes other stadium trance events under the Godskitchen brand, the largest being Godskitchen: A Gift From The Gods which brought 12,000 revellers to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham UK back in April 2003. Cream's annual Creamfields festival has also showcased an 8,000 capacity trance arena for the last 8 years at various venues across the United Kingdom.

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