Photo Credit: John Jacobson (@Johnpauljay)
Written by: John Jacobson
This was my first time in Germany, and my first time attending World Club Dome. I had extremely high expectations after watching the previous year’s aftermovie. The movie combined with the lineup had me hooked, I had to go. This festival looked massive from the video…and it was!
It was on a completely different level. Easily one of the largest festivals I have ever been to. I counted 9 different stages. The wide variety of music being played made this festival perfect for music lovers of any electronic genre: from the melodic techno at the Pool Stage, to the adrenaline pumping hardstyle at the Zombie Stage, to the big room music at Main Stage which had a capacity of 50,000 people alone.
What More Could You Ask For?
This festival literally had everything! The weather was perfect throughout the weekend and there was plenty of exploring to do. You could watch artists fly in on a helicopter and hopefully snap a photo with them while they’re walking down the red carpet. There were carnival rides and Darth Vader walking around with a legion of Storm Troopers (a tribute to the Hollywood theme this year). A field full of lounge chairs and tables where you could just relax, eat, or bathe in the sun. The hidden stage really blew my mind. There was a ring of porta-potties near one of the entrances. One of the porta-potties you could walk through, which led to a stage in the middle!
My only disappointment was the size of the Skyline Stage. It didn’t do many of the artists performing on it any justice. I was able to catch Grandtheft, San Holo, and Sam Feldt. They all had this stage packed from elbow to elbow. San Holo’s live production of him shredding on the electric guitar to his leading song, Light, was beyond impressive. Talent like this deserves to be seen by more.
The setup for Main Stage was colossal. Stage production and pyrotechnics were impeccable. The enormous football stadium was indoors with a roof, but there was a 360-degree sliver of an opening that allowed the sun to peak through into the stadium. This made many of the performances immensely more dramatic. I was on the terrace in VIP listening to Afrojack playing, Ten Feet Tall, with the sun setting and sun rays shining down onto the crowd.
Axwell /\ Ingrosso always creates the perfect ending to any night. They were closing the entire festival on Sunday. Hearing 50,000 other festival—goers all singing More Than You Know ran chills down my spine. This song is a timeless hit for a reason; it turns moments into memories. What separates Axwell /\ Ingrosso from your average DJ is their ability to create an emotional connection with their audience.
WORLD CLUB DOME: WINTER EDITION
After, being insanely impressed with World Club Dome, you bet I’ll be back again next year and to more Big City Beats events. They are throwing a Winter Edition of the festival from November 16th – 18th. There will be an ice rink and igloo area. It takes place in a 20-floor venue with a heated mainstage. Big City Beats has successfully established a massive reputation in my book.
To purchase tickets to their Winter Edition festival click here.