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Kölsch pumped glowing energy into Tomorrowland mainstage on W1: Watch

Arms in the air, furious feet and the sight of the crowd on top of the decks. Kölsch spared nothing on the Tomorrowland mainstage.

Glorious. Perhaps this is the adjective that most accurately characterises the set that Danish DJ and producer Kölsch delivered on Tomorrowland’s imposing mainstage last Sunday. Kölsch is a must-see in the line-up of one of the best festivals in the world and this year he will bewitch the crowd all three weekends of the festival. Following this, the stage that will host him will be Freedom, but to inaugurate his presence at the 2022 edition of Tomorrowland Kölsch has taken over the mainstage. The space is large and magnanimous, but for a moment it felt like the energy emanating from the decks didn’t quite have enough room there. Tomorrowland is a stage for new music and it’s not unusual for Kölsch to bring a lot of material under his own name. There was no shortage of originals, great remixes and many IDs yet to be unveiled.

Set to take that wave of people straight to another dimension, the intro made of one vocal and well-known lyrics ‘Back to life, back to reality‘ echoed through those hallowed solos for what must be a rendition of Soul II Soul‘s classic ‘Back to Life‘. Kölsch usually prepares custom tracks for his sets and delivered pure madness here. The bar was still set very high and the acclaimed artist unleashed a version of Saint Germain‘s ‘Rose Rouge‘, a weapon he often throws into his performances. Continuing on the iconic tracks, we heard Kölsch’s remix of Butch‘s amazing ‘Countach‘ and a surprising Acappella version of Kate Bush‘s ‘Running Up That Hill‘ (it’s extraordinary the new life this track is living). Kölsch also presented what seems to be his interpretation of Kevin de Vries‘ ‘Dance With Me‘, a song that will be released soon and that has already been heard a lot in this edition of Tomorrowland. Without straying from the anthemic paths comes another track with a strong Kölsch signature, ‘All That Matters‘, an original featuring Troels Abrahamsen. If you got goosebumps listening to this one, that’s normal.

Tiga‘s ‘Mind Dimension‘ could not be missed, as the Danish artist always brings his remix with him on his sets. Along with some unknown sounds that everyone wants to get their hands on (references to La Roux and also Technotronic), two unmissable Kölsch classics were also played: ‘Loreley‘ from the album ‘1977‘ and also ‘Grey‘ from the album ‘1989‘. The ending was the perfect metaphor for that one-hour set: magical, unreal and fantastical.

Thankfully you can watch, re-watch and relive this set below. Check out the full setlist here.


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