There are new sets every day. You keep some in your memory due to its tracks or visuals. But what about a specific part of the visuals? What about the scenario? A stage in an unusual spot is always special, because good music within a good atmosphere is a fructiferous combination. I am Tomás Matos from Wide Future, and these are dance music’s 7 wonders of sets in epic places!
7 – Martin Garrix @ Piazza del Duomo, Milano – 25/10/2015
2015 was a great year for Martin Garrix. Hereleased some unforgettable hits in what concerns to his career. At the time with 19 years of age, the dutch DJ and producer had released his collaboration with Usher, “Don’t Look Down”, with Tiësto, “The Only Way Is Up”, and the “Dragon” and “Break Through The Silence” EP with Matisse & Sadko.
At such ascending phase of his career, Garritsen headlined the MTV World Stage, in the EMA’s week, alongside fellow dutch colleague Afrojack, in a very special area, facing the Duomo (main cathedral) of Milan – the Piazza del Domo.
The admission was free, so a huge amount of people showed up to see him, Afrojack, and Twenty One Pilots performing live. Pretty memorable night for the Italian crowd.
6 – David Guetta @ Masada, Israel – 17/10/2013
The French superstar DJ was the protagonist of a mind-blowing concert next to the historic fortress of Masada, in Israel, in a location 424 meters below sea level. In a year on which he released “Ain’t A Party”, featuring GLOWINTHEDARK, and “One Voice”, alongside Mikky Ekko, he dazzled fans from across the globe with such performance.
Guetta was the headliner, but the Israeli duo Infected Mushroom and Swedish icon Steve Angello were also there. A great card that made a great rave, which mixed the magic of music with the historic atmosphere, in a very known site, in wish the Jews, kept under siege by the Roman army (200 b.C.), preferred to die in Masada then to surrender.
5 – Aly & Fila @ Great Pyramids of Giza – 11/09/2015
In September 2015, legendary trance duo Aly & Fila performed in their hometown of Cairo, Egypt, in front of thousands of fans. However, what made the set so special was its scenario: The Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.
It was a memorable set, next to the last standing ancient Wonder of the World, and took place to celebrate the 400th episode of their radio show, Future Sound Of Egypt. They were the first electronic act to have done that, following the likes of Sting and Andrea Bocelli. One hundred editions later, they have done it again in September 2017.
4 – Kölsch @ Eiffel Tower – 16/10/2017
The Danish Techno artist Kölsch took the dance scene to some incredible heights, as he performed at the iconic Eiffel Tower through Cercle, a livestream media concept that consists of acts in unusual places, like castles, churches, and towers, as it’s the case.
Just a few months past the release of his third studio album, “1989”, Kölsch, aka Rune RK, producer of the original dance music hit “Calabria”, showcased his melodic techno sounds to the world, with sights set in Paris.
In a 75-minute set, Kölsch got pretty epic, as he played Laurent Garnier’s “Acid Eiffel”, a 90’s techno classic.
3 – Lazare Hoche @ American Cathedral in Paris – 30/10/2017
Also, this year, and also under Cercle’s quality seal, we had another special event. This time, the protagonist was French techno sensation Lazare Hoche, and the stage was literally divine. Located in the famous Avenue George V, the American Cathedral of Paris hosted techno instead of prayers.
Hoche played some of his own productions from his label, LHR, and songs from another techno acts such as The Martinez Brothers, Stanny Abram and James Dexter. You should definitely see this amazing set. Hoche also played “Canoa”, the classic hit by DJ Gregory and Gregor Salto, and the church went nuts!
2 – Nina Kraviz @ Unknown Cave, Iceland – 01/07/2016
Nina Kraviz’s Трип (Russian for “trip”) label has a very peculiar imprint. The identity of it can be defined as authentic and organic, as its name relates with the parties of Nina and friends, who already threw raves in uncommon places such as an abandoned Hollywood Studio, a water tower, and some museums.
This rave was unique. 250 people got to see Kraviz’s concept in first hand, with a party in a remote cave in Iceland. The surprise element was the party’s biggest attraction, as fans entered a 3-hour bus “trip” from Reykjavik without knowing the destination and the line-up of the party whatsoever.
The line-up was quite impressive. Besides Nina, artists like Nikita Zabelin, Skeng, K-Hand, and Icelandic DJs Exos and Bjorki, signed to the label as well, made the cave rave, in a place never used for musical purposes before.
1 – DJ Snake @ Arc de Triomphe – 06/09/2017
DJ Snake is a hit-making machine. From “Turn Down For What” and “Get Low” to “Lean On” and “Let Me Love You”, the French DJ and producer has conquered the scene in the last few years.
To promote the release of his new single “A Different Way” featuring Lauv, Snake broadcasted a special 20-minute set from the top of Paris’ famous Arc de Triomphe. Despite the set’s shortness, its quality was on point, and the visuals were amazing, with Snake facing his beautiful hometown.
After the performance, Beats by Dr. Dre released a short film that documented Snake’s journey from the harsh outskirts of Paris to Champs-Élysées’ royalty. “I come from the Paris that you don’t see on TV”, he said.
And this is the end! That’s our list. Did you know about these crazy performances? Did we miss any set out? Tell us all about it on our social media, and, as always and obviously, here, on widefuture.com.