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Sensation, the internationally-renowned EDM festival, makes its India debut, with headliners like Afrojack and Axwell

What began as a one-off event in Amsterdam in 2000, Sensa-tion has now become one of the largest dance music events in the world. SSensation (1)ixteen years on, the themed extravaganza—that  showcases music, light, lasers, pyro, and acrobatics on a central stage—is finally making it to our shores. The city of Nizams will host Sensation India 2016, at the Gachibowli Athletic Stadium, tomorrow.

The production: The theme, Welcome to the Pleasuredome, has only been conducted in an indoor setting till now. India will be the first to witness an outdoor version. The central dais will be a big carousel with flying horses. Weighing more than 8,000 kg, the rotating top will be set up to turn separately from the DJ booth.

Speaking about the stage and other preparations, Brenda Munsterman, general manager of the Dutch entertainment company ID&T, says, “The stage is made of big hydraulic arches and is the highest stage in the history of Sensation. The arches will move and show all kinds of special effects.”

Colour correct: Sensation is also known for its mandatory all-white dress code. This has been in practice since 2002, as a tribute to Miles Stutterheim, one of its founder members who died in a car accident.

We look at the highlights.

Tomorrow, at 6 pm. Tickets from Rs 2,700 onwards. Details: sensation.com

Afrojack
Grammy award-winning DJ and producer, Nick Van de Wall aka Afrojack, is a global icon when it comes to EDM. “I am looking forward to spinning at Sensation and reconnecting with all my fans,” says the 28-year-old Dutch artiste. Adept at shifting between genres, he already has shows lined up next in Miami, Las Vegas, New York and Brasil. When asked about what the crowd can expect, he says, “It is quite difficult to decide on any particular song, but I will play Rock The House, Ten Feet Tall and No Beef at Sensation.”

Mr White
Sensation’s resident DJ, the pale-faced Mr White—who reportedly spends almost two hours to get his makeup on—is famous for setting a great vibe. And he is excited to be playing at the first outdoor Sensation ever. “I’ve seen some pictures of the build-up in the Gachibowli Stadium, and it looks like a fantastic venue. I can’t wait to play there,” he says, sharing that he will be spinning Love is Blind by CID ft. Glenna, Twisted by Housequake and How’s your body by Calippo, among others.

Axwell

This DJ has been gaining a lot of popularity in the world of EDM, in the recent past. Beginning his career in Sweden’s underground music scene, he is now one of the most favoured DJs. While in India, the 38-year-old says he hopes to learn Hindi. “India is a land of spices and I am looking forward to eating some spicy food, trying to learn some Hindi and, of course, meeting all my fans in Hyderabad,” says the Swedish performer. The five-time Grammy award nominee will play Can’t Hold Us Down, Sun is Shining and Something New at Sensation India.

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Apart from the quality of music the festival delivers, Sensation is also known for its mandatory all-white dress code. This has been in practice since 2002, as a tribute to Miles Stutterheim, one of its founder members who died in a car accident.

 

 

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“For years, Sensation was only an indoor concept and we were not able to find a venue that met our technical requirements here. Since we developed the Welcome to the Pleasuredome concept, we have been able to go outdoors and we could finally look at India,” explains Munsterman about why they waited so long to come here. “The team from Amsterdam chose Hyderabad over the other metros like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai because it is a well-developed and well-organised city. It has a young population and has a centrally located airport. The Gachibowli Stadium fits our show perfectly and the Telangana Tourism Board has also shown a lot of
support,” she concludes.

—Nishad Neelambaran

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