On the 18th of October, London witnessed the biggest party that DJ Mag, As well as Lock N’ Load Events, has thrown in the history of DJ Mag parties combined. The lineup was loaded with huge acts, from upcoming to established, the music was of top quality and representative of all tastes within the dance music sphere.
The night started with Don Diablo and Dyro, though I wasn’t able to make it to Dyro due to the early nature of the set, Don Diablo played in tasteful style, providing a bunch of unreleased tracks as well as favourites such as ‘Anytime’, making fantastic use of an early set and ending it with the utmost quality. What followed was, in my opinion, the greatest line up of DJ’s which I have witnessed in a party. What I loved about the line up this year is it kept the DJ mag fan guessing, acts were booked to keep open the option of Armin being number one or that of Hardwell (though at this point we know how that went).
Andrew Rayel, pegged as Armin Van Buuren’s prodigy, provided an onslaught of tracks from his new album, as well as personal favourites such as his edit of ‘Insomnia’ which hasn’t been released, overall a great set and a testament to his new placing in the ranking within the DJ mag. Aly & Fila followed, giving their trademark in uplifting trance, and although their set was darker than I would have hoped, one can’t complain when the quality of music played is still at the standard you would expect. They closed with their new remix of ‘On Fire’ which was one of the best parts of the night for me, they truly proved themselves to be one of the biggest names in trance music.
To follow, was in my opinion, the person who stole the show, I have seen Dash Berlin many times, but never have I seen him with such energy and enthusiasm, to top all of this off, his set was perfectly laid out to each moment of the night. Perfectly mixing his set with old classics as well as new ones from his most recent album, fans were able to experience the best of both worlds, and he truly delivered his set with the utmost quality and gave an impression that I would imagine, stay with a lot of people for a long amount of time.
It can’t be a top 100 party without talking about the number 1 DJ, Hardwell, who was crowned 1st for the second year in a row, came on after an energetic set from Dash Berlin and picked up from where he left off. Giving everyone a flurry of ID’s, both from himself and his own label Revealed Recordings, I was amazingly impressed with the amount of new music that he had played out, as well as the fact that he had coupled them with more recognisable acappellas from his old classics. If I had one criticism, and this isn’t a jab at Hardwell himself, it’s that he played the tail end of the set the same way he did in 2013, I personally chalked it down to a nostalgia thing, but I feel he could have done more with that. Otherwise it was nothing short of fantastic.
Overall, DJ Mag and Lock N’ Load Events, provided a stellar night, with the utmost organisation, considering the amount of people I had witnessed at the event. Having witnessed the biggest line up ever, I have no doubt that in the future this will only continue to grow bigger and better, with plenty more acts to come. If you guys missed out then I would definitely recommend next year as an option!