Celebrating the success of his highly popular A State Of Trance radio show, which airs every Thursday evening, Armin van Buuren literally took his show on the road this weekend. ASOT 850 ‘The Festival’ took place in De Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, the Netherlands, after the trancemaster already celebrated three parts of ASOT 850 in his studio in the weeks leading up to the event.
With over 30,000 visitors flying in from 90 countries all over the world, the celebrations of ASOT 850 turned out to be yet another huge success, with Armin van Buuren himself spinning a highly energetic two-hour set in the peak hours of the night.
To celebrate the amazing milestone of 850 episodes of his radio show, Armin van Buuren put together 5 different stages, each one embracing a different style of trance music. From progressive to psy, and from more mainstream to ‘Who’s Afraid of 138?!’, Armin made an appearance by videoscreens on all of the 5 stages before he took his place behind the decks on main stage at 1:00 a.m.
After Ilan Bluestone, Purple Haze and NWYR had already warmed up the crowd, it was time for the one and only king of trance to start shining, which he did from the start by kicking off with the psy-infused ASOT 850 anthem ‘Be In The Moment’.
Being the trancemaster that he is, Armin built up his set in exactly the right the way to suit the event. Starting out with some more progressive and uplifting tunes like Dash Berlin‘s ‘Shelter’ and the 4 Strings classic ‘Take Me Away’ before gearing things up a notch with Pryda‘s ‘Stay With Me’ and the Jorn van Deynhoven remix of Tiësto‘s ‘Lethal Industry’.
He also blended in a couple of tracks by his Gaia alter ego, ‘Empire Of Hearts’ and ‘Saint Vitus’, as well as a series of mash-ups with tracks by Photographer, Roman Messer, Susana and Above & Beyond.
Finally, he closed out his set with a bang by spinning a number of psy-trance mash-ups, including his own masterpiece with Vini Vici & Hilight Tribe ‘Great Spirit’ and Ben Nicky vs. Cygnus X & Ummet Ozcan vs. Mark Sherry meets Space Frog & Derb – ‘Be In The Moment’ vs. ‘Superstring’ vs. ‘Follow Me’. Jawdropping lasershows, LED’s and other visual effects filled the room from left to right and from front to back, adding to the already great vibe and atmosphere on main stage.
Next, both Gareth Emery and David Gravell did a fantastic job following in Armin van Buuren’s footsteps, before Ben Nicky closed out the main stage and an amazing night in Utrecht altogether.
Trance fans who missed out on the tickets could tune in to the ASOT 850 livestream for a 9-hour live broadcast of the festival, something that more than 10 million fans all over the world ended up doing.
On top of all the celebrations, the official double album of ASOT 850 was released as well one day ahead of the event in Utrecht.
— Armin van Buuren (@arminvanbuuren) February 19, 2018