With VH1 Supersonic all set to kick-off tomorrow, here is all you need to know about the ‘Spectrum Stage‘ hosted by Awakenings. Awakenings is a collection of musical events held throughout the Netherlands. The organization brings together a plethora of groundbreaking electronic and techno artists for colossal events every year. At this year’s edition of Vh1 Supersonic Goa, Awakenings will host its own stage featuring Indian DJs along with international stars!
How It All Began
Awakenings came into existence in 1997 at the monumental Gashouder in Amsterdam. Founded by organizer Rocco Veenboer, the name “Awakenings” comes from highly unexpected source for a dance music property. The first open air event of the Awakenings was held sometime around Easter and hence, Veenboer coined the term “Awakenings” for the property, in sync with the spirit of the resurrection of Jesus.
The Awakenings Festival
The inaugural Awakenings Festival was held outdoors in Spaarnwoude in northern Holland in 2001. Techno fans eventually got to know and acknowledge the festival as a pioneer event in the electronic scene and Awakenings made its way to the top, gaining momentum rapidly.
Taking place on the outskirts of Amsterdam at the end of June every year, the Awakenings Festival is now one of the biggest outdoor techno events/festivals in the world, hosting over 60,000 people annually. In 2014, it became a two-day event, hosting over 70,000 attending to hear some of the world’s top electronic music producers, including Sven Väth, Adam Beyer and Richie Hawtin. The 2015 festival in the Netherlands took place during the final weekend of June and was without a doubt, a massive hit.
Apart from a grand music festival in the Netherlands and hosting stages at the most prestigious music festivals across the globe, Awakenings has it’s own spectacular artist roster. The roster includes some massive names who dominate the EDM scene such as Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Maceo Plex, Joris Voorn, Green Velvet, and many more international acts.
Today, Awakenings organizes innumerable sold-out events each year. Awakenings expanded its borders in 2014 and began producing events in the UK, Australia, and more recently – North America. More than 120,000 fans have had the Awakening experience in the last few years, including a sold-out crowd at the London debut in 2014. Nestled under one of the biggest dance music organizations, SFX Entertainment, Awakenings is flourishing with every coming year.
Awakenings at Vh1 Supersonic
At Vh1 Supersonic this month, the Awakenings Stage is all set to host some of the best electronic talent from India and beyond. The explosive lineup includes Adam Beyer, Joris Voorn, Luigi Madonna, Arjun Vagale, Bart Skils, Kohra, and many more! Check out their entire day-wise lineup: