We Owned the Night at Amsterdam Music Festival 2018
By Cola Chu
Photos by the AMF Associated Press.
We were so happy at Raver Mag to be a part of the amazing Amsterdam Music Festival (AMF) experience again this year as AMF celebrated its 6th year. This festival has once again instilled itself in our hearts as one of the best festivals in the world. The beauty of all of the people, the pyrotechnics and a breathtaking arena set the stage for an endless array of unity. This festival reminds us a bit of Ultra Music Festival in Miami, in the sense that each year the main stage completely blows away that of the prior year. Once again the stage design was off the charts – something we’ve come to expect from this festival! 40,000 people from all walks of life and from all around the world gathered that night, not only to watch the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ countdown, but to also experience an event that will surly become a tradition to come for each of them, if it hasn’t already become one from past years.
Three’s a charm for Martin Garrix! Netherlands own was crowned DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs winner live at AMF for the third year in a row. He made history in 2016 when he won for the first year as this made him the youngest ever winner of the award.
Picking a favorite set for this night was difficult so we did our best to narrow it down to some sets that stood out among the rest.
Last year AMF introduced a special performance mystery b2b set and we’re so glad they brought this back again this year! Last year they gave us Armin van Buuren and Hardwell and this year we got treated to David Guetta b2b Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike! It was nothing but energetic and full of life. Any time two artists of this calibur are on stage battling it out b2b you know you’re in for a mind-blowing experience. We expected these two to ‘wow’ us and they most certainly delivered! Vini Vici also put out some wickedly addicting Psychedelic Trance. Axwell /\ Ingrosso brought in track after track of uplifting energy and we truly felt the crowd not only connect with them but almost anticipate their set as well. Last but not least, KSHMR. What can we say – the man is a beyond talented producer and he knows how to cater his set to every single crowd. We should also add in some notable performances by Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano also took place – how can you NOT have a great time during one of their sets? Oh the energy!
All and all it was a truly remarkable experience to share with our Rave Family. The crowd was one of the best that we have experienced in the entire world of dance. Everyone was there to party and live in the moment together.
The cool thing about the night was the fact that AMF was live-streamed through AMFTV. Just the thought that you can party with the world around you and share in the moment is truly a harmonic experience that cannot be overlooked. Not everybody is lucky enough to be able to make the trip to Amsterdam to experience this live (although we wish everyone could experience this at least once in their lifetime!), so it’s great that they can feel included by watching the action live from their homes. The AMF team is awesomely interactive on their social media accounts and strives to showcase the unity of patrons who traveled from near and far to celebrate AMF.
Amsterdam Music Festival was an absolute rollercoaster of emotion and music that will never be forgotten and will only be amplified for the 2019 edition, we are sure. We wish you, all of the producers in our dance community and the entire AMF family a world of thanks for uniting us as one as we always say here at Raver Mag. we are “all united for one common affinity… ‘Our Love of Music’.”
Check out the AMF 2018 Official Aftermovie below! See you all next year!