Insomniac’s Dreamstate swept through NY for its first ever East Coast stand-alone event at the Brooklyn Hangar on Aug. 26th & Aug. 27th
This weekend marked a groundbreaking chapter in the Dreamstate saga. The East Coast Trance Family gathered at the Brooklyn Hangar for a good old fashioned warehouse extravaganza. Insomniac Events teamed up with Esscala Entertainment to bring New York City top-notch trance talent and a mind-blowing stage production.
Closing out the summer strong, everybody’s favorite trance DJs joined for two nights of euphoric melodies and hard hitting bass. Artists the likes of Markus Schulz, John O’Callaghan, John Askew, Standerwick, Astrix and Nifra kicked off Dreamstate’s inaugural stand alone event in NYC.
The newly popular event venue known as the Brooklyn Hangar is in a prime location off the water facing the Manhattan skyline. As doors opened, DJ Nifra played to the early birds who were waiting on line at 9 p.m. and we’re first on the dance floor. Standerwick stepped into the booth and brought his mix of psy-trance and a taste of uplifting with his remix of “Reckless” by Gareth Emery.
At 11 o’clock John Askew took over the decks and stylistically switched things up as the warehouse filled. Coming off his most recent Dreamstate set at the EDC Las Vegas circuitGrounds, Askew highlighted his ensemble with his new track “A Million Stars” and a remarkable laser show through-out the hour. Before closing at midnight Askew squeezed in Mark Sherry’s “Gravitational Waves” rocking the warehouse walls. Kicking into high gear, the vibe would once again change as the night had just gotten started and more legends were still to come.
Next up, Markus Schulz brought with him a gang of vocalists for his 2-hour headline performance. As part of his Watch The World album tour, joining Markus on stage was the lovely Adina Butar with multiple songs including “You & I,” “Muse” and “New York City Take Me Away” all live. Singing live became a trend as Brooke Tomlinson performed “In The Night” and Nikki Flores sang “Leaving L.A.” both off the new album. Last but not least, Ethan Thompson put on an energetic showcase of “Love Me Like You Never Did.”
Turning up the tempo and raising the bar on uplifting, John O’Callaghan is one of those legendary names that all trance fans know and has been at the top of the game for years. Easily the climax of the night for most in attendance, JOC dropped his track “Lies Cost Nothing,” his remix of Gareth Emery & Christina Novelli “Save Me” and a rework of “Till There Was You” by Rachael Starr. Towards the latter part of his set he played the massive “Follow Me” from Mark Sherry meets Space Frog & Derb.
Trance fans gathered together all in one place to dance to the music they love. Closing out the night to the NYC faithful, Astrix played tons of new psy hits including Coming Soon’s “Ready To Get High” keeping the late stayers moving until the early morning. The stellar screens and intense lasers proved that Insomniac Events takes pride in the production of every party they throw.
You can follow the trance festivities back to the West Coast as Dreamstate returns to the NOS Center on November 25 & 26 with another stacked lineup and tickets on sale now. Also just announced, the first Dreamstate Mexico will take place at Expo Santa Fe on Dec. 3rd with even more tremendous talent.
Photos courtesy of Insomniac Events
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