Menno De Jong announces retirement
Legendary Trance DJ Menno De Jong has announced his impending retirement, citing various to hang up the headphones on his wonderful 20-year career. Having performed at the worlds biggest festivals and clubs, including Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, A State Of Trance, Amnesia Ibiza and Amsterdam Dance Event, De Jong is set to perform his final show on September 12th, 2020, much to the dismay of his loyal fans.
Citing a number of different reasons for his retirement, the decision is a hybrid between a coming-of-age, as well as personal growth and environmental concerns. Having posted his message across all his social media platforms, De Jong touched on the complexities of the DJ lifestyle;
“…the thought of touring as a DJ was initially infinitely enticing, over time it has become clear to me that it is also an enormously taxing lifestyle that leaves limited room for personal growth, health and time with family and friends. Moreover, I’m finding it increasingly hard to consolidate my environmental and animal rights beliefs…”
Desiring to treat his fans one last time, De Jong is set to embark on a worldwide farewell tour, where he’ll enjoy playing in front of his fans throughout 2020. Kicking off in The Netherlands and the UK in January and February respectively, the Dutchman will also visit Australia, Asia and Europe throughout the year, before capping off his illustrious career at Beachclub Fuel in Overveen, Netherlands.
Be sure to read the full statement from Menno De Jong below and see his website for more information regarding his farewell tour!
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My dear fan or friend,⠀ ⠀ With humble gratitude and respect I'm hereby announcing that on September 12th 2020 I will be performing the last set of my DJ career at Menno Solo – The Finale. The past 20 years have brought countless memorable moments, allowed me to see many of the world's most beautiful places, and brought amazing people in to my life..⠀ ⠀ But throughout that era I have grown older and changed significantly as a person, developing a pressing sense of urgency to make decisions about how I spend the remaining time in my life. Whereas the thought of touring as a DJ was initially infinitely enticing, over time it has become clear to me that it is also an enormously taxing lifestyle that leaves limited room for personal growth, health and time with family and friends. Moreover, I'm finding it increasingly hard to consolidate my environmental and animal rights beliefs with a profession that involves constantly jetting from one part of the world to another. These topics are something that have always been very close to my heart.⠀ ⠀ Up until my last show I will be doing my very best to visit all the places I have performed at in the past one last time, so that we can have a proper goodbye, celebrate with the amazing music of the past two decades, and so that I can personally thank you for all your support – I couldn't have done it without you and it's been such a great ride..⠀ ⠀ Hoping for your understanding, with much love,⠀ ⠀ Menno⠀ ⠀ – Farewell Tour 2020 -⠀ ⠀ Jan: 20 Year Anniversary Tour, The Netherlands⠀ Feb: UK⠀ Mar: Australia & Asia⠀ Apr: Menno Solo, Poland⠀ May, June: North America⠀ July, August: Europe, Ibiza⠀ ⠀ Sep 12: Menno Solo – The Finale, Beachclub Fuel⠀ ➡️ Tickets on sale Jan 20th, 12:00 CET on http://www.mennodejong.com⠀ ⠀ Full schedule to be updated on my website and social media.⠀ ⠀ …⠀ All travel for the above mentioned dates will whenever possible be by train or sailboat and, especially if travel by airplane is the only viable option, CO2 compensated. For every ticket sold to 'Menno Solo – The Finale' a donation of 1 euro will be made to Trees For All, a reforestation initiative that plants trees in different parts of the world.