The time of year has come when most Copenhageners may wish for a second sun, so few and sparse are the sunlit hours – and a source of light is on its way. Sensation, the international electronic music and dance event that has spread to four continents in the last decade, is bringing its 2012 show, ‘Source of Light’, to Copenhagen’s Parken on November 3.
Sensation first started in Amsterdam in 2000, where it was held exclusively for the first five years of its existence as an all-trance music event called ‘Sensation White’. Over the last seven years, however, the event has undergone a thorough overhaul.
Sensation is now famous worldwide as an all-white-attire affair – a dress code tribute to the deceased brother of the founder Duncan Stutterheim and a traditiont that has stayed ever since. For the first few years of Sensation’s existence, it featured predominantly ‘trance’ DJs – a style of music that hypnotises you as opposed to thumping and pounding you, into dancing, which is characteristic of more traditional ‘house’ music. Over the years, Sensation began appealing more and more to the ‘house’ crowd, and in 2010 officially proclaimed itself a ‘house’ event with its theme, ‘Celebrate Life With House’.
Since 2000, there have been over 70 Sensation events in more than 20 countries, including in 2012, the first ever show in North America, which was held on October 26 and 27 in New York City. But Sensation is no stranger to Copenhagen or its venue, Parken stadium, and those years of experience are sure to smoothly facilitate the combination of Sensation’s sights, sounds and, of course, pyrotechnics.
The event in Copenhagen on November 3 is Sensation’s last of the year and will feature five DJs familiar with the Sensation crowd. Mr White, the evening’s MC and opening act, is appearing fresh off performances at Sensation’s first-ever tours of Asia and North America. His technohouse beats are a mainstay in Sensation’s repertoire of acts.
Mr White will be joined by Riva Starr, who made his Sensation debut at this year’s event in Amsterdam; The Man With No Shadow, whose underground-electro has been complementing mainstream mixes at Sensation since 2008; Sharam, half of the duo Deep Dish responsible for hits such as ‘Flashdance’ and ‘Say hello’; and finally Sander Van Doorn, the evening’s headline act.
Van Doorn’s music is a cross between trance and house and, as both a Dutchman and long-standing Sensation DJ, Van Doorn knows precisely how to please this particular audience. Van Doorn is one of the world’s hottest DJs, currently ranked #16 in the world by electronic music magazine DJMag. He’s headlined several Sensations and played electronic music’s biggest venues and events, including Amnesia in Ibiza and the Ultra Music Festival in Miami.
His set is not one to miss.
While the regular tickets cost 590 kroner, the deluxe tickets include VIP entrance and access to the ‘Deluxe Area’ with a panoramic view of the ongoings at Parken, which has an open bar with beer and spirits.
Sensation’s Parken party will be the last one of the year, as the next scheduled event is not until July in Amsterdam. So if you’re looking for a sensational party and a way to escape the winter woes quickly descending on Denmark, buy your ticket soon – Sensation is known for selling out.
Parken, Per Henrik Lings Allé 2, Cph Ø; Sat 19:00; Tickets 590-1,700kr, www.billetlugen.dk; www.sensation.com/denmark