Field of Dreams

Indonesia Tatler Traveller - - DESTINATIONS -

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.

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