The 2016 Amsterdam Music Festival surpasses fans expectations
By Chris Skarnulis, Arts and Entertainment Editor
2016 has without a doubt been the year of EDM (electronic dance music.) Throughout the year, artists and groups have dropped new music that has given a whole new meaning to the excellence of this genre. Originally invented in Europe in the 1970s, EDM has progressively become one of the most popular genres of music around the globe. It has gathered such a large following that festivals are held worldwide each year in celebration of the music released that year. Arguably the biggest festival in celebration of EDM occurs every year in October in Europe in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The 2016 Amsterdam Music Festival took place Oct. 19 to 23 headlined by sets from some of the most well-known, influential DJ’s in the world.
The 2016 Amsterdam Music Festival (AMF) is a five-day electronic music blowout filling a number of Amsterdam’s best music venues such as Heineken Music Hall, ArenA Park and Ziggo Dome. The festival takes place during the week of Amsterdam Dance Event, a massive event that gives homage to electronic music, meaning the city already has a contagious party buzz in the air before the actual festival.
From house-heads to techno-junkies to dubstep, all flavors of electronic music were featured on a lineup with world famous disc jockey’s (DJ’s) playing alongside mesmerizing sets and visuals that really immersed the listeners in electronic music.
The lineup at the annual AMF has consistently been superb, and this year was no exception. World-renowned DJ’s such as Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Tiesto, Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Dillon Francis and Steve Aoki headlined the main sets. They delivered hype, energetic vibes that kept the crowds keyed in throughout the duration of the festival. With incredible sound production mixed with trance-inducing visuals, five nights did not seem long enough. Sets ended with fans yearning for more.
The most impressive set came from Dutch DJ Armin Van Buuren. The set focused mostly on electronic house music, giving fans a taste of new material as well as classic, previously released tracks. The end of each track featured smooth transitions to the next, giving fans more reason to be enthralled by the captivating nature of the music itself. The biggest highlight of his set was his original material “Off the Hook” and “Another You.” These tracks truly defined Van Buuren’s roots in electronic music, all the more reason to keep the audience pumped throughout the show.
The 2016 AMF was arguably the best show in the history of this event. This year’s roster of DJ’s was the best the festival had to offer thus far, showcasing both new and old material that was a major contributor in the molding of EDM and where it is today. Those with the luxury of attending this event in person will truly have a life-changing experience.