This last Saturday, February 8th, took place in the Dutch city of Eindhoven a special edition of Awakenings, the festival by excellence for techno lovers. Brought by the production company Monumental Productions BV, Awakenings is organized since 1997, when its first edition happened. The total success and its constant growing have converted it in one of the most important festivals of its kind. Here you can find the presentation video from this edition.
We called this edition special because its mother version will arrive next June 28 & 29 in Amsterdam, with eight different stages and a line-up that would leave more than one speechless.
On the other hand, Awakenings Klokgebouw Eindhoven was celebrated at the Klokgebouw complex, which became a techno sanctuary for this occasion with three different areas, gathering more than 9000 electronic music fans and with the presence of more than 20 artists.
The festival organization went by smoothly, but with a cloakroom and drinks system that can only work perfectly on these special editions, which have a smaller audiences. Instead of having a traditional cloakroom with paper numbers, each person or group of people had access to a locker that could be used freely all night long. Also to buy drinks and merchandising was needed to have tokens, which are already a trademark from the festival and can be used in all of their editions. This time no major big queue problems happened, but we find it difficult to imagine this same system put in place at a massive event.
Opening the doors at ten, Hector, Tachini and El-P together with Makcim started to do the warm up meanwhile a variety of people arrived. It was easy to see how mixed the public was, going from locals to foreigners, all getting ready to dance until eight in the morning of the day after.
Following his style the British DJ John Digweed started his set directed to progressive lovers, but he didn’t take long to get to the level of colleagues Ben Klock and Joris Voorn after one in the morning, who finished their sets in all spirits leaving the audience in the midst of excitement. One of the most interesting sets of the night was the one from Marcel Dettmann, who played in the Area X. This area had a space with charming girls offering about 30 minutes massages for the amount of 20 euros. Clearly one of the highlights of the night together with their usual lasers show.
The rest of the line-up was composed by Dave Clarke, George Tresher & Karotte, Karenn, Loco Dice, Secret Cinema & Egbert and the local Speedy J, who surprised his audience with a very intense set.
Another one in the bag for the organisation of Awakenings that might have come back home with the satisfaction of a job well done, and that let us wanting for more.
(Picture by Photo-company.nl)