The first ever Elevation Dance Festival was held on 5 July 2019 with night full of Trance music. Fans of Trance music gathered at Live Space to see their favourite act perform.
The event was opened by Cello. He warm up the crowd that came early to the venue. For one hour, Cello delivered great tracks, then Paul Thomas took over the deck. The A&R of FSOE UV played some tracks from UV releases. After Paul Thomas, it was Driftmoon's time to perform.
Driftmoon delivered uplifting tracks and made the crowd dance. Few times the crowd sang together with the tracks he played. John 00 Fleming next one after Driftmoon. He took the crowd in a roller coaster ride with the tracks. Everybody loves it and couldn't stop dancing. Fadi from Aly & Fila finally came to the deck. Lots of fans waiting for Fadi immediately rushed to the front. For this performance, Fadi played some materials from their upcoming album, "It's All About Melody". Darren Porter closed the night with explosive performance as well.
Before his show, we talked a bit with Fadi from Aly & Fila backstage. To Fadi, Jakarta's crowd very passionate and very love the music. For his performance, Fadi said to played new stuffs from their upcoming album to see how people's reaction with the materials. We asked about their latest single with Deirdre McLaughlin, "Gravity". They want to work with Deirdre for a long time. For a couple of years, Deirdre sent ideas to the group to create a music. They were very unsure about the materials, until "Gravity" made them hooked. "She wrote the track," said Fadi. For Fadi, the song is a beautiful track and become his favourite vocal track from the album. Fadi very happy to work with her because she has special voice and very distinctive way of singing.
Overall, the first edition of Elevation Dance Festival was great. Simple stage setup so everyone will focus on the DJ only. Great lineup of Trance DJs and they brought their A-game to the crowd. Although there was technical problem (blackout during Aly & Fila's performance), it didn't lessen the energy on the room. People still dance until the end.
What we really want to see is consistency. The organiser said that this festival will have few editions with different genres, starting with Trance. We hope to see next edition with different genre. We want to see who will they bring to Jakarta and rock the night.
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