Defqon.1 breaks records with eight million viewers around the world
Defqon.1 offered fans a full online alternative and pays tribute to the cancelled festival summer
Q-dance connects millions of fans from more than one hundred and forty different countries with a three-day online “Defqon.1 at Home” experience
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Amsterdam - Last weekend, Defqon.1, the largest dance festival in the Netherlands, took place digitally. Today organizer Q-dance announces that the online experience “Defqon.1 at Home” has attracted more than eight million viewers.
Last March, the coronavirus abruptly disrupted the plans of 80,000 fans who had bought a ticket. The organization decided to provide a free online alternative with all the beloved parts of the festival and the quality visitors to the festival are used to. There were performances by more than 80 artists and the 72-hour broadcast managed to connect eight million viewers from 140 different countries.
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“We obviously knew that this year would be different than normal and so we had no idea what to expect. We therefore did everything in our power and it’s fantastic to see how many people enjoyed this. This special edition has even exceeded all our expectations,” Jonas Schmidt, Q-dance creative director, says. “We’re very proud of everyone who made this possible.”
The show must go on
“The last three days mark a rare chapter in the Defqon.1. history. We have witnessed extreme levels of dedication and unity in a world that doesn’t allow us to physically connect with each other. From the crazy energy of the Zoom Room and the countless comments in the chat and on social media to the thousands of Q-dance Quiz participants: you have shown us that the power of an orange heart can conquer everything. It has been a journey we will never forget and we’re very grateful to have you as our fans,” Jonas Schmidt concludes.
The three-day online experience traditionally started on Friday with The Gathering, fans danced from left to right through the living room during POWER HOUR: Six Years of Insanity, and on Sunday evening, the festival ended with The Closing Ceremony.
The organization closed the digital festival with an important message: THE SHOW MUST GO ON. A sound of protest expressed in a typical Defqon.1 way: a Pyro salut.
For more information on Defqon.1 or Q-dance, please go to: www.q-dance.com.
Source Vertigo 6
June 30, 2020 6:12am ET by Vertigo 6