Bringing music to an airport near you!UndrgrndsoundEU@undrgrndsound.com By Renee Hartig
First off, can I just get personal and say how awesome it is to travel to the airport not to wait on line to go through security check, but rather to hop in line for a night of amazing music! Especially considering how the lines for flights are much more rigorous than any line we had to wait on this night.
The personnel who ran the event had everything organized; you could tell SEMF was given a lot of thought beforehand. There were convenient signs about so you knew where to go, like to the chill seating area (aka the grounds for when you couldn’t dance on your feet any longer or just simply needed a break). In front of the chill seating area was an equally chill stage for live sets. No wonder there were so many live sets this time around (see line up below). Also, just to point out one feature of the night that was not expected, particularly for a winter music festival, was an outside smoking area complete with bar and a full view of a beautifully light water fountain. If you needed fresh air at any point, I recommend heading there first!
There is something I have found as a bit of a trend for Cosmopop’s indoor music events, which is the stage placement. Very rarely at American festivals are there stages situated right next to each other. However, at Time Warp and at SEMF there were main stages adjacent to each other. You would think, that the sound would travel between or become warped (hah, pun on words). Let me tell you, contrary to intuitive thought, the sound check for each main stage was clear and loud. I think the placing of the stages is a space and time saver, especially when you want to walk between the two to hear all your favorite artists’ sets. The main stages were located in the airport hanger, and in case you aren’t so often hanging out in one, the ceilings are huge—plenty of the space for the heat to rise. Along the perimeter of the hanger were fixed spots for lounging on temporary grass settlements. Because, folks we have to admit, it is hard to dance consistently throughout the night and we are entitled to breaks. Who says you can’t dance in your seat anyways? Technically, we can dance anywhere we want! Which is why techno invaded the airport, so we can call an unusual dance space our home for the night!
The line up included Alyne, Chris Liebing, Drumcell, Format:B, Klaudia Gawlas, kriZe, Milyano, Niklas Ibach and live sets from Erkan Baran & Cello Nero, Maliph, Brian Sanhaji, Dilen, Bunte Bummler, AKA AKA (ft. Thalstroem), Lexy & K-Paul, Oliver Schories and Nemelka & Noah Kwaku.
P.S. Check out DUNDU (you can see him in the official cover photo for SEMF), I was pleasantly surprised to see this cheery character joining us everywhere on the dance floor! DUNDU represents us; the music lovers, dancers, fans and listeners. He’s a giant puppet constructed out of lights and engineered by Tobias Husemann. DUNDU represents the freedom of art and its limitless applications, especially free from rules and restrictions. Don’t be surprised now if he makes his way across the Atlantic, such an artistic creation is sure to capture the attention of people worldwide! Take home message: art is indeed a representation of freedom, and this includes music. Now we understand how music can be so liberating. Cheers to freedom and experimenting with new ideas!
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