Photographing Defqon.1 in Sydney’s always been a fun and challenging gig, expectations are high and there’s a lot to go on making it hard to capture moments that stand out. Here’s a small collection of shots which I think demonstrate the atmosphere from the day. Still getting a full album ready to upload onto my photography page.
It’s the 5th iteration of the biggest hard dance and hard style music festival in Australia and this year I’m back to doing some photography for Q dance. Just sharing a couple of short videos I took while navigating around, nothing fancy but it shows you what the event was like.
September means that time of the year again, you all know it. Defqon.1! Was photographing the event again this year and it never ceases to impress. The quality and effort which is put into this even is simply stunning and from this point of view, one of Australia’s best festivals.
I don’t think I’m the happiest with my photos this year, for some reason felt like I was lacking a direction or purpose with these photos. Felt like I wasn’t too sure what I should be aiming for, but it’s all part of the process. Definitely with next year will have a bit of a think of what the aim is for the day and execute.
Anyway less babbling, the day itself?! Fabulous, the weather was great and the sun was out to play. Unfortunately for us photographers, we’re stuck with a black shirt, pretty cool shirt, but I don’t have a pic of the front to show you, it’s got this year’s stage in a wireframe at the front, very cool.
Note to self, get some bigger arms for next year, would make a photo like this much better. Like usual with defqon, it’s pretty big with a whole heap of stages available to suit everyone’s taste in hard electronic music.
The blue stage had a interesting setup but it’s a shame that it was along a dusty patch and there was dust being kicked up everywhere! Not a good feeling after you’ve been sweating it out from fist pumping all day. The white car bonnets acting as a pseudo projector screen, very cool idea.
Black stage was a real pain in the ass and it was more like a red stage, inside red lights simply flooded the stage making it next to impossible to get a decent photo. Although as night fell, the lasers in here were simply spectacular, very bright and very vivid.
The rest you can check out in the rest of the photos, but there’s no way I’d be neglecting the red stage, simply massive and definitely a work of art.
Looks much better at night.
For the rest of the gallery, click this epic photo below.
So the Regatta centre was once again turned into the ultimate party island and I had the privilege of being one of the official photographers =D. Bit different to my usual gigs and definitely more stressful having to keep track of your nice shots and having them ready on the night. Bit harder not being able to sit in the comfort of your home on a fast computer sorting through the photos are your own pace, rather being rushed to sort out some nice ones for the website.
Was also quite stressing to meet the 1pm deadline to get pics for the poster, definitely tricky seeing as the venue was barely full.
But anyways, it was a nice day out with awesome weather, pics are on www.q-dance.com.au website and whatever didn’t make the cut is below:
So, yesterday was Defqon1, held on an island surrounded by water at the Penrith Regatta Centre, I’ll talk about the event from a point of view that doesn’t include the music, because as you all know, I’m not a fan of hardstyle. However, I must say that Defqon1 was definitely impressive, the way everything was organised and the staff running the whole event. Aside from the high police presence, there was a very relaxed feeling/atmosphere around the whole place, everyone was spaced out and having a good time. For those that weren’t there, there were 5 stages, Red, Black, Orange, Grey and Purple being Hardstyle, Hard core, Trance, Old School and New Talent respectively. Initially, I thought I’d be spending most of my day at the Orange and Grey stages, but suprisingly I was pretty much stuck at the Red stage, it just had the best vibe there with plenty of people hanging about. It was great to see so many familiar faces and I seemed to bump into so many people which was awesome.
So for part 1, I’ll show you guys the pics, I’ll finish off with part 2 to show off the videos in glorious 720P high definition as well as continue my epic tale of events at Defqon1.
(click images for gallery, all four pics lead to the same gallery)
Despite still being a while away, I am absolutely pumped for a few upcoming events with the next event just over five weeks away. It’s been a while since the last Trance event due to it being winter with the exception of We Love Sounds (more like We Love Armin) but the Spring/Summer festivals are making their way here soon. So, three events in 4 weeks with Cream presenting Ferry Corsten’s Twice In A Blue Moon supported by Giuseppe Ottaviani followed by DEFQON1 Maximum Force Readiness and finally Godskitchen’s Boombox to top it all off.
First, Cream. This’ll be the first time that I’ll see Ferry Corsten play a live arena type show, typically I’ve seen him at Sublime (as a matter of fact twice) and he’s always delivered a stunning show with a smooth set mixed to perfection. I have wanted to experience Full On Ferry for myself but I guess this will be the closest I can get for now and I’m happy enough that Ferry’s playing a show at the Hordern. I think Ferry’s bringing down a vocalist so it’ll make it something a bit more special than a typical DJ only set, similar to Armin Only in 2008 which absolutely blew my mind. To be honest, I’m not too knowledgeable about Giuseppe Ottaviani but from what I have been told, he’s a class act, so it should be a great night. Click Here for more info.
The next event on the calander is a only a week after Cream and that’s going to be the biggest hard dance music event in Australia. It’s DEFQON1 and it’s on and island… Surrounded by water! (no shit) I gotta say, this event is a bit of a mixed bag for me. I’m not the biggest fan of hardstyle music but it’s just going to be such a massive event that I have to see it for myself, the other thing that swayed me is the fact that it’s multiple stages including a hard trance and hardcore stage which should give me some variety once I get sick of the doof doof of the hardstyle. No doubt about it, it’ll certainly be an interesting event and something that intrigues me, I’ll reserve judgement until I actually experience the thing. Click here for more info.
The third and final event that’s confirmed for me is Godskitchen for 2009. This time round, they’re bringing the whole boombox tour down under and it should be a spectacular show. For those who don’t know what the boombox show is it’s a massive stage with an appearance of 8×3 cubes with images projected across the front of the stage. It’s a contraption designed by Exyzt, the same mob that created Etienne De Crecy’s cube show which was demonstrated to us at Future Music Festival (Youtube it for the wows). It certainly will provide a spectacular show, unlike the crappy highschool standard production of Godskitchen 2009 which was plagued by poor promoting, ticket sales, production and sound quality. It was just a bad combination and if Future Entertainment think they can pull a stunt like that again, Godskitchen will surely be boycotted for the future years. Poor ticket sales is no excuse, put on a good party and the ticket sales will roll in. ID&T still managed to put on an amazing show at Trance Energy despite less than spectacular ticket sales. Click here for more info.
That’s it for now, I can’t wait for the first event to come.