Field of Dreams
This year’s Dreamfields was a celebration of multinational electro music beats brought to Bali courtesy of some of the biggest names in the industry
After the soaring success of last year’s first-ever Dreamfields Festival, this year’s was definitely set to go out with a bang—and it did. On August 15, in Bali’s GWK Cultural Park, the Dutch electronic dance music festival wowed the huge crowds. With Bali increasingly earning a reputation as the regional hub of hip and happening nightlife, it was only fitting that the first mega dance festival would be held on the island. Matrixx, the Dutch event organiser, recognised this and thus Dreamfields was born. This year, the festival brought together more than 50 nationalities in one place to celebrate the many forms of dance music. And despite the music festival originating in Holland, Indonesian and Balinese influences were still evident as seen on the monumental Garuda-themed stage on which the various DJS performed. Among the many global dance events, Dreamfields stands out as having its own unique charm. Behind the big names, much hard work goes into making it a magical experience for those who attend. Not only does it connect multiple nationalities, it also provides an unrivalled sound and light show with stunning and majestic stage designs, plus laser shows and fireworks, as well as food courts, themed areas and much more. Known as a brand that brings out the big guns to perform, the first five acts at Dreamfields this year more than lived up to expectations. The first five were the trance and progressive house DJ Andrew Rayel, the Italian VINAI, the Dutch superstar with Indonesian roots Quintino, dancefloor hit-machine duo Firebeatz, and, last but not least, Indonesia’s own dance music emperor Angger Dimas. The night continued with other big names taking the turntables to fill the dance floor with ear-popping electro sounds and beats. And so it seems that Dreamfields will be a regular calendar event on Bali. Long may it reign.