Mysteryland is less than one month away! As we gear up to the festival, fans begin to buzz with excitement, asking veterans about what to expect. Well, there is one really interesting and unique aspect of the festival to expect: the Q-Dance Stage!
Q-Dance Stage at Mysteryland
What is Q-Dance?
Q-dance was founded in 2001 in Holland and has become the world’s top Hardstyle event series, throwing events in more than ten countries. Q-dance’s flagship event Defqon.1 has taken place in both the Netherlands and Australia. In 2012 over 55,000 people attended the Dutch edition, making it the world’s largest hard dance festival. Q-dance is credited with developing Hardstyle as a genre and breaking acts like Headhunterz, Psyko Punkz, and Wildstylez. Q-dance hosts stages at MysteryLand, Tomorrowland, and TomorrowWorld, and produces over 15 events every year, drawing more than 250,000 attendees annually.
What is Hardstyle?
According to Wikipedia: “Hardstyle is an electronic dance genre mixing influences from hardtechno, hard house, hard trance, and hardcore. Hardstyle typically consists of a deep, hard-sounding kick drum, intense faded or reversed basslines accompanying the beat, a synth playing a melody, and detuned and distorted sounds. It bears some similarities to hard trance. Many hardcore artists produce hardstyle tracks as well, and many newer Hardstyle tracks are written in compound time.”
Here’s an example of some Q-dance hardstyle, featuring the “Top 40″of Hardstyle in April. You will recognize right away the distinct hardstyle driving bass line and the distorted sounds that really define the genre. It’s definitely not something you hear often at EDM shows in the US, and it is definitely a unique aspect to Mysteryland:
Q-Dance at Mysteryland Belgium
Q-Dance is much bigger in Europe than it is in the US, and Q-Dance stages and festivals have massive crowds and followings. Here is an epic video from the stage at the Q-dance stage at Mysteryland in Belgium in 2013:
More About the Q-Dance Stage at Mysteryland USA
Here’s more info from a press release from Mysteryland:
Rebellious, antagonistic, authentic; these are the qualities that underpinned the original Woodstock, they’re the values held dear by Hardstyle culture, and the spirit at the heart of Q-dance, the world’s premier Hardstyle brand.
Befitting its environs, The Sound of Q-dance, will see Hardstyle return to its underground roots, presenting artists from across the harder styles of dance music in an intimate tent setting. At Mysteryland, Q-dance will revert to the essence of Hardstyle culture, giving dedicated fans the chance to see their favorite acts up-close and personal.
Across two days The Sound of Q-dance will present sixteen artists from across the harder styles of dance music, with icons like Noisecontrollers and Wildstylez, joining a new generation of Hardstyle stars including Coone and Sylence.
Q-Dance is certainly a “foreign” genre of music here in the US, but you should definitely give it a chance. Q-Dance artists are notorious for being down to earth and easy going. At the Q-dance stage at TomorrowWorld, fans of hardstyle told me they often saw the artists dancing right in the crowd before and after their sets; and though the crowd wasn’t as dense as it is in Europe, it was actually a great opportunity for fans to get up-close and personal with the artists and even meet them. With Mysteryland creating a small tent setting for Q-dance, I think they are addressing not only the size of the fandom, but are genuinely trying to promote the opportunity to have an intimate experience with the artists. It’s an excellent opportunity you should take while at Mysteryland USA!
Tickets are selling fast to Mysteryland USA! Mysteryland USA will be held in Bethel Woods, NY, on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Festival! The festival wil be held this Memorial Day Weekend 2014. Check out their website for more information.
Get your tickets now for this Memorial Day weekend before it’s too late!!! Tickets are available for purchase here.
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Kristen Grennan joined Sensible Reason in the fall of 2010 while living abroad in France. She helped co-manage Binghamtronica Presented by Oxfam and HeadCount in March of 2011 and graduated from Binghamton University in May of 2012. Besides writing for Sensible Reason, Kristen taught English in Le Havre, France and is a backpacking hooper and hippie. Kristen is currently enrolled at Columbia University and is seeking a Masters in Public Administration with a specialization in International Media, Advocacy, & Communications.