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Monday 23rd, March 2009
Trance Energy 2009

On Saturday March 7 2009 it was time for the 16th edition of the biggest and most important indoor trance event in the world: Trance Energy. The Trance Energy event was held for the very first time exactly 10 years in the city of Eindhoven. The responsible organisation for Trance Energy is ID&T, who are also responsible for other major events such as Sensation, Innercity, Mysteryland and many others.

This year the line up contained names such as Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, John O’Callaghan, Cliff Coenraad, Marcus Schössow, Wippenberg, Johan Gielen and of course Rank1, who also delivered the official Trance Energy theme for this year: Rank1 - L.E.D. There Be Light.

Just as the last few Trance Energy’s, this edition was also being held in De Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. A huge and perfect venue, since it’s located in the centre of The Netherlands and very easy to reach by public transport. Pretty handy also for the many trance fans from abroad that made the trip over to The Netherlands. I think I noticed people from Spain, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, France and many other countries that night!
Not a big surprise that ID&T is going to Australia with their Trance Energy concept. From April 9th till April 12 people in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth can witness Trance Energy for the very first time down under.

Also this year Trance Energy was sold out, so over 30.000 party people were in De Jaarbeurs and they could witness DJ’s in 4 different areas: Main Stage, Future Stage, High Contrast Stage and the Classics Stage.

Trance Energy entrance

As soon as people entered DJ Jaarbeurs there was a super huge screen with the line up and time table on it, plus people were handing out handy time tables and a floormap of De Jaarbeurs in pocket format, so pretty easy to see which DJ was playing where. We decided to go to the Main Stage first.

John O'Callaghan

When we entered the Main Stage it was John O’Callaghan who was playing there. The room was pretty packed already, which was not a surprise, since many people wanted to make sure to have a good spot for the performances of Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk. Unfortunately we were not there from the beginning, but John played a good set with tracks by the likes of Ferry Corsten, Mat Zo, Heatbeat, Jochen Miller and of course his own collaboration with Giuseppe Ottaviani. We found a nice spot in the front of the stage. John ended his set around 0:25 and everybody was waiting for Armin van Buuren to start with his set.

Rank1 live

But … ID&T had a little surprise for us, since after the intro Rank1 did a guest appearance on the stage to perform the Trance Energy theme live! Piet Bervoets and Benno de Goeij showed up behind the synthesizers and they played ‘L.E.D. There Be Light’ live in front of a few thousand crazy party people!

Armin van Buuren

After this short surprise performance it was time for Armin van Buuren to start with his performance. Armin started with ‘Smile When You Kill Me’ by Jerome Isma-Ae and after that he played a mash up from Rank1 vs Arnej: ‘L.E.D. When You Kill Me (Armin van Buuren Mash Up)’. A bit weird since we just heard the original version not even 10 minutes ago, so maybe it would have been better to play this a bit later in the set. After that he played ‘Man On The Run’ by Dash Berlin with Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren. I really love Jaren’s voice, awesome track for sure! Not too long after this one we decided to check out another area, since the volume in the front was really loud! And that was even while wearing ear plugs! Plus Armin’s set wasn’t what we hoped it would be either.

Armin van Buuren

After a short walk we arrived at the Trance Classics stage where German trance legend Talla 2XLC was busy behind the decks. He played some cool classics such as ‘Dumonde – Tomorrow’ and ‘Faithless – Insomnia (Remix)’. Talla finished his set with a brand new remix of his own track ‘Shine’, which he made especially for the Trance Energy event.

Talla 2XLC

After Talla 2XLC it was time for Johan Gielen to take over the decks. This was the 15th Trance Energy edition for him and I’m pretty sure he was in his element at the Trance Classics stage! Gielen played awesome classics such as ‘DJ Tiësto – Flight 643’, ‘Southside Spinners – Luvstruck’, ‘Gouryella – Ligaya’, ‘Three Drives – Greece 2000’ and ‘Cygnus X - Superstring (Rank1 Remix)’. And of course he played ‘Svenson & Gielen – Twisted’ as well, the track that was the Trance Energy theme in 2001. Hands in the air and lots of jumping people!

Johan Gielen

It was really cool to hear all those classics again and the audience loved it as well. The only thing that was a bit of a letdown in this area was the super annoying MC (MC Francois). He kept on walking over (!!!) the DJ booth and he kept yelling all kind of nonsense the entire time. We had the impression that he thought that the people came to see him instead of the DJ’s. Really, after 10 minutes it got really annoying, he was just ruining the sets with his annoying yelling and walking over the booth in front of DJ’s… Too bad that some MC’s have no idea when to do their job and when the shut up… It’s really ruining the atmosphere instead of hyping up the audience!

Trance Classics stage

After that we walked around a bit and we tried to go back to the Main Stage to see Paul van Dyk. But unfortunately the whole area was full and on huge screens we could read “Main Stage = full”, so we went to the Future Stage to check out the last 30 minutes of Ali Wilson.

Main Stage = Full

I really like most of his productions, but I was expecting a bit more from him than all the banging stuff to be honest. After Ali it was time for Simon Patterson, but we didn’t stayed long, since we wanted to see the lasers in the Main Stage.

Ali Wilson

When we arrived at the Main Stage again, it was Marcel Woods who was behind the decks. At the moment we arrived Marcel was just playing his track ‘Lemon Tree’, which was followed up by the Richard Durand remix of ‘Madagascar’ by Art Of Trance.

Marcel Woods

When Marcel dropped the new Ernesto vs Bastian track ‘Laser Brain’, the whole stage was flooded with green lasers that were flashing over the audience. This looked really amazing!

Lasers at Main Stage

To be honest, Trance Energy 2009 was a bit disappointing for me, I was expecting a lot more trance music and not just banging stuff all the time! It was really hard to get in the right mood to party because of all the banging stuff and some DJ sets that were a bit disappointing. Unfortunately we have missed sets from Paul van Dyk, Rank1, Wippenberg and others, so I can’t judge about those. But the ones we saw, where not that surprising. I had a really good time at the Classics Stage during Johan Gielen’s set, since he played the best classics in my opinion. Unfortunately the MC was just ruining the set from both Johan Gielen and Talla 2XLC as well. I think he forgot that people came for the DJ’s and not for him…

Overall the whole production, decoration and all effects such as lasers (and there were a LOT of them!) was just great. Also a good thing is that there were no long waiting lines at the bars, there were plenty of free toilets and everybody got a handy floorplan at the entrance. There were lots of lockers and food / drink stands. So that was perfect, but I’m not really surprised by that, since ID&T knows how to organise a huge event like Trance Energy. I’m looking forward to Trance Energy 2010 and hopefully the DJ’s who play there will do a better job than some of the DJ’s we saw at this edition…

The Trance Energy 2009 double CD mixed by John O’ Callaghan and Rank1 is available now.


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