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By: Katarina Cvetko

The world’s largest hard dance festival, Defqon 1, is reaching Maximum Force in the Netherlands this June. This year will be its 16th edition. The annual three-day event features just under 250 artists across 11 different stages. This year is expected to be the biggest edition to date. Check out the full lineup here.

The festival was founded in 1999 by Dutch company Q-Dance, who has grown to become the biggest hard dance events organizers in the world, hosting festivals and shows all over the globe. Their biggest event, Defqon 1, returns to the city of Biddinghuizen in the Netherlands each year with one of the largest and most impressive lineups in the world. This year’s edition features top 100 DJs Headhunterz, Da Tweekaz, Angerfist, Brennan Heart, Miss K8, and 200+ other artists from across the globe. Spread out across 11 stages, the festival hosts everything from hardstyle to hardcore, raw to extreme, and everything else in between. Here are some of the must-see sets on this years lineup:


When: Sunday
Where: Red Stage (All the Harder Styles)
For the first time since their comeback to the scene in 2016, the Dutch duo Project One will be returning to the Defqon 1 main stage on Sunday night to close out one of the biggest events of the year. The highly anticipated act and crowd favourite, made up of Headhunterz and Wildstylez, will feature tracks from their latest album EP I as well as their classic tracks and iconic hardstyle anthems. Check out their comeback set below.


When: Friday
Where: Blue Stage (The Gathering)
After announcing his return to hardstyle during the Defqon 1 legends show almost a year ago, the highest ranked hardstyle DJ in the world will be making his return to the Defqon 1 stage in 2018. Closing out The Gathering on Friday night, Headhunterz will celebrate the start of another year of the iconic festival with an unforgettable performance. Check out his return to hardstyle during the 2017 legends set below.


When: Saturday
Where: Black Stage (Hardcore)
One of the biggest names in Hardcore will be returning home to the Black Stage this year for one of the most highly anticipated acts of the weekend. Known for his ferocious beats and spirited performances, the man in the mask is expected to play tracks from his latest album Creed of Chaos amongst his other popular releases. Check out his set from Defqon 2015 below.


When: Saturday
Where: UV Stage (Hardstyle)
The Norweigan duo made up of Kenth Kvien and Marcus Nordli, will return to Defqon 1 for yet another energetic and memorable performance. Known for their remixes of popular Disney songs and exciting party anthems, the duo consistently delivers one of the most exciting and unpredictable acts in the hard dance scene. They should not be missed! Check out their set from Defqon 2017 below.

Along with the headlining acts, the festival also features special performances such as the Defqon 1 legends show, power hour and one of the biggest end shows in the world. Check out last years end show below.

As one of the biggest celebrations of the harder styles in the world, this festival sells out each year. Grab the last remaining tickets here.

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