MAYDAY „when music matters”
Music First! 35 electronic music acts on three stages in Dortmund’s Westfalenhallen on 30 April
With MAYDAY notching up its 34th edition this year, it is one of the most time-honoured techno events in Germany. It has consistently focussed on the eclectic variety of electronic music, as is well evidenced by this year’s star line-up too, which will include Tiësto, Boys Noize, Chris Liebing, Lost Frequencies, Markus Schulz, Pan Pot and Sefa. Up to 20,000 devotees are expected to converge on Dortmund’s Westfalenhallen on 30 April.

The music at MAYDAY in a nutshell: diverse. Whether it’s trance, techno, house, hardcore, hardstyle or goa, international DJ giants will be playing their very own sounds on three stages for a total of 14 hours. The spectrum the genre has to offer is clearly underscored by the essence of the event: electronic music in all its facets. And this in turn is encapsulated in this year’s motto “when music matters”. MAYDAY has been the place for the scene to meet since as long ago as 1991, making it the most time-honoured indoor rave in Germany. It spans the gamut of electronic music, combining its roots with new and innovative styles.

And what MAYDAY does is what top act Tiësto does too. The Dutchman embarked on his DJ career back in the 1990s and has since ranked internationally as one of the biggest stars of the electronic music scene. He has masterfully taken his music to new levels over the years, which is why it always sounds so fresh and sets new trends. He has already been voted the best DJ in the world multiple times by the readers of various scene magazines. The 25-year-old Belgian Lost Frequencies enjoys similar popularity. He’s only been successful internationally for a few years but he is already seen as a star in the DJ firmament. He has produced such catchy little numbers as “Are You With Me” and “Reality”, which saw him rise from the underground to the radio charts. His singles have been sold, streamed and clicked on YouTube in the millions. Hailing from Hamburg, Neelix celebrated his breakthrough at MAYDAY in 2017. Since then he’s been racking up huge successes with his mix of psytrance and goa styles and has played at all the major festivals. There’ll be less mainstream and more underground with techno acts like the Italian Sam Paganini and the Berlin-based DJ duo Pan-Pot, the latter achieving a great success with a new interpretation of the title “Zu Asche, Zu Staub” (To Ashes, To Dust) from the broadcaster ARD’s television series “Babylon Berlin”. Frankfurt’s Chris Liebing has been up among the best-known German techno DJs on the planet for over 20 years now. Boys Noize from Berlin has made a name for himself among other things for his remixes of songs by stars such as Depeche Mode, Snoop Dogg and Marteria. Miami-based Markus Schulz has had his own weekly radio show ‘Global DJ Broadcast’ since 2002 and regularly has famous DJs guesting. The Dutchman Sefa is at this very moment celebrating his international breakthrough. He’s also dubbed the “Mozart of French core” because he combines elements of hardstyle with classical music.
To make sure the focus is on the music at MAYDAY, the sound systems will be fine-tuned to the acoustics of the Westfalenhallen. “There will of course be the latest special effects as well, such as state-of-the-art lighting and laser technology, indoor fireworks and flame-throwers. A large part of the high-tech will be centred on the dance floor, since the overriding aim of the show is to integrate the visitors,” says Oliver Vordemvenne of event organiser I-Motion.

The crowd at MAYDAY are as diverse as the music itself. Whether techno lovers or passionate hard-core fans, whether wearing fur legwarmers, pink hair or fishnet shirts, they all party peacefully and wildly with each other here from 7pm to 9am. And to make sure the ravers can have a relaxed and safe journey to and from the event, the admission ticket is at the same time a ticket for travel within the entire VRR fare zone. Alternatively, there are various hotel and overnight packages which can be booked at festicket.com.