5 reasons to come to: Digital Sounds w/ Craig Connelly, Suncatcher, Nikolauss, Bogdan Vix & Alexandra Badoi [Trance Events Romania]

The news is out for a while: Craig Connelly is coming back to Romania. This time, for the new Digital Sounds event, powered by Trancecode.

On April 4th, starting 11pm, in club Fabrica, we will all join Craig Connelly, Suncatcher, Nikolauss and Bogdan Vix for a very nice trance celebration.

Just announced: Alexandra Badoi will join the DJ booth as well, for the first time!

Tickets: Regular ~ 11 euros / VIP ~25 euros. Grab yours here

1. Craig Connelly. He is one of the best names in the scene right now. Releases choon after choon and it is requested on the lineups all over the world. Upcoming release: Tranceatlantic (collaboration with Factor B)[ FSOE] / March 13. And, of course, it is a killer on the dancefloor. His longest set to date:

2. Nikolauss. One of the men to keep an eye on this year, as Armin van Buuren said in his latest ASOT episode. He had a really nice climb in the industry till now and still goes on and on with every release. Regular with labels like Subculture or Regenerate, but also with releases with Amsterdam Trance, Statement!, GO Music, his music is well received by fans all over the world. Upcoming release: Sean Tyas remixed: Now you see / Matter of time [Nikolauss #140 remixes] [Regenerate]/ March 13. Latest set:

3. Suncatcher. Legend in the trance family. A real music man to follow. His unique sound is easy to recognise and his track are regulars in the charts. Upcoming release: Voices of Jupiter [FSOE Parallels] / March 13. Set to be remembered:

4. Bogdan Vix. One of the pillars of the Romanian Trance Family. Regular with Armada and  InHarmony Music. Latest release: Snatt & Vix ft. Diana Leah – Soapte (Bogdan Vix & Claudiu Adam remix). Upcoming release: Bogdan Vix & Claudiu Adam feat. Mona Moua – Stay (InHarmony Music) – debuted by Andrew Rayel at #ASOT950.

5. Alexandra Badoi. For the first time behind the decks, Alexandra will debut as a DJ on April 4th. Used to be in front of the decks, singing for us, now she will start delighting the crowd by also playing the best trance tracks. When I saw her in London learning all the secrets of this job, I got really curious. Looking forward to see her play! Latest release: Airborn, Claudiu Adam & Alexandra Badoi – If Only (included in Find Your Harmony Vol. 1 by Andrew Rayel).

Tickets: Regular ~ 11 euros / VIP ~25 euros. Grab yours here

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One city. A lot of dreamers: Afterhills 2018

Hello, I am Oana and I am a trance addict. I am a music addict. When I see an event I know I can attend my heart fills with joy and tries to pump out of my chest. I start to experience heavy breathing and a lot of goosebumps. I have huge withdrawals from the previous event I attended and I feel like dying if nothing else is announced. I am getting high on music and I cannot imagine life without it.

I missed Afterhills last year and I still didn't forgive myself for that. Even tough I was partying in the mighty Amsterdam, I still wished to experience the first major festival in my city: Iasi (Romania). So when they announced the official dates: May 31 - June 4 2018, I knew I have to block my calendar for these days. My addiction will be fed and I will be happy.

And after teasing us for weeks with the day they will announce the first phase line-up and tickets, they finally did it. Who registered on their website was lucky enough to be the first to find out and buy his ticket to happiness.

The 1st phase of the line-up looks something like this:

Of course, I don't know all the names. But of course, I will google everyone! I heard of Hurts and their live performances and I have a very excited colleague at the office about them. I listened to some of their tracks today and I was impressed. I like what are they doing and I will put them on my TO SEE list. I do not usually listen to The Crystal Method, but I enjoy their music at the parties. And I am expecting an explosive set. Seen Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano at the Untold Festival #1 and I enjoyed their set. Not too much, because ATB was next, but they did a great job. A lot of Romanian names on the line up too. Great names actually: Firma, Subcarpati, Suie Paparude, Zdob si Zdup, these are few of them I didn't see for quite a while and I am excited to see again.

Aaaaaaand of course, the trance names (for now): Vini Vici, Bogdan Vix and George Andreas. Vini Vici does an amazing job behind the decks and I cannot wait to see them (him) again, but this time in Iasi. Bogdan Vix is a great artist and human being and one of those few people that still keep the Romanian Trance Scene alive. He is working really hard on multiple fronts to make this happen: producer, DJ, promoter and trance addict. George Andreas is an upcoming DJ and I am curious of how a live set from him might sound. I've heard some of his mixes, but I wanna see him live too.

The first 5000 tickets are already on sale for only 187 Ron (~40 euros). You can grab yours from afterhills.com. After December 15, tickets will cost 235 Ron (~ 50 euros). You can find more details on their website. You might want to buy your ticket now and be a loooot happier after they announce even more artists. The ones you were waiting for. (*wink)

Till then, just warm up yourself with my very first set and hopefully not the last one. Trance on!


Trance memories of this summer: TND stage at Timeshift [Day 1/3]

I was editing the photos the other days and all the feels hit me back! The TrancENDance stage at Timeshift was the highlight of this year for the Romanian Trance Community. I wrote about the festival and my expectations here, so I won't be bothering you again with these. I will just tell THE story.

Even though the festival started on Thursday, the first day meant for me and for a lot of people Friday. Friday, because that was the first day with trance music. The first day where we could go and enjoy the sets of Hazem Beltagui, Estiva, Ruben de Ronde, Cosmic Gate, John O Callaghan, Ben Nicky and Bogdan Vix.

And this above picture sums it all for me: amazing music, people and great artists. Of course I chose John O'Callaghan as representative for the first night, because it was the best set of the night (at least for me). It was the set that made me put down the camera, the phone and just enjoy every second of it. Starting with Two Trees and going on with so many amazing tracks, from which I remember: John O'Callaghan ft. Audrey Gallaghar - Big Sky, John O' Callaghan feat. Sarah Howells - Find Yourself, Cold Blue - Once in Time, Maria Healy - Desiderata (Giuseppe Ottaviani remix) made indeed a perfect set. I would love to re-live it, but sadly there is nowhere to be found. Aaaand the highlight of the highlight set was when John played one of my all time favorties: PPK - Ressurection. That made me go all goosebumpy and forget about the world. The only things that mattered were right there. On the dancefloor. The music. The artist. Me. My friends.

Of course I enjoyed the others sets too. Of course I enjoyed seeing again my duo music crush Cosmic Gate and relive all the nice memories I have with them. The crowd went crazy on their set. No matter if it was a newer track or a classic we grew up with. I enjoyed seeing Ben Nicky and the crazy man he is.

I enjoyed Ruben De Ronde's set and I still belive he is the right man for the job when we talk about warm-ups for a great party. I am not too much into the progressive / warm up sound because I am the type of girl that could go straight into crazy mode on the dancefloor at any time and I prefer the more uplifting part of trance. I listen to progressive at the office, I am ok with it at events and I get the need of it, but 3 full sets of that were a bit too much for me for the first day of Timeshift. I am not saying I didn't enjoyed them. Hazem Belatgui had a really good set and crushed my soul into pieces when he played Paul Van Dyk - New York City (do not recall if it was the original, a remix; I am too bad in properly recognizing this). Estiva is an uber energetic man and I liked what he did with and for the crowd. I just got into a point where I was very close to boredomness. I just wanted a change in the rythm. But that's just me. Beside that, I enjoyed seeing the crowd feeling it. I enjoyed seeing the crowd sing along almost every song and have a great time.

It was overall a very good day and I am happy I got the chance to reconnect with some friends. I am glad I got to see again Bogdan Vix, the man that hold the fort for 3 full days for all of us. It was a very emotional reunion for the whole community as well, because of all that happened with Snatt and we knew this event happened because of him and his dreams too. Snatt & Vix was (and still is) a representative duo for Romania and for the Romanian Trance Scene. Huge huge thanks to them for keeping it alive and kicking!

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If I would have to mention some of the downsides of this festival, these would be: bad/ pour management/ organization, pricy, but very pricy, and few to zero security. It all began with me going for my press badge and waiting for it for around one full hour. Don't get me wrong. I am not in for the free pass hunt. I am in this for the music. And for all the artists I appreciate and try to support every day. But, if I can take the blog with me I will take it everywhere. It is a part of me. It is the part where I tell all my trance stories. Either it is all unicorns and rainbows, either it's not.

I need at least a paragraph or 2 to let it all out (well, the long story short, at least.) The organization and people behind the festival were a bit overwhelmed by the situations. At the entrance no one would check your bag or at least your entrance pass. No one seemed to care a bit about security. No one seemed to care too much about the consequences about not properly check the people entering at the event.

The TrancENDance stage was the best stage that could happen to this festival. It was the soul of it. It made it the soul for me. Timeshift couldn't be the festival it was without it, no matter what others might say. I know this business can be pretty harsh, and it is not that easy to manage a festival of this magnitude, but the only good thing was the TND stage. The artists, the music, the people and the overall management of things. Kudos to Bogdan, Eko and the other nice people that put their lives, their souls into making this happen! Trance on!

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