Last weekend I was for Play BPM for the first time present at Transmission in Bangkok. It was the second time this popular, and in the trance scene well-known festival, came to Thailand. Izaak and I were present at the pre party on Friday, the festival on Saturday and the after party on Sunday. We expected a festival similar to Dreamstate and A State Of Trance, but what a difference! We were overwhelmed by the unique laser show experience, the sets and the crowd in general.
The festival took place at the BITEC Hall, a huge and modern international trade and exhibition center, where other festivals like Sensation take place as well. The festival started early, at 17:00, because of the strict regulations on festivals in Bangkok. As a result, not many people were present in the first hours of the festival, but as the evening passed, the area became full of people.
I had the opportunity to interview one of the pioneers of trance music: Ferry Corsten and the Brand Manager of the festival Martijn van den Berg and asked to both in which way Transmission is different from other festivals. Ferry noticed that the difference between Transmission and other festivals is the crowd, also known as the ‘Trance Family ‘. At other EDM festivals, there are stages with several kinds of music styles, which means everyone watching your trance set, is a fan of the music. At Transmission, only trance music is played. Fans are coming for that particular type of music to Bangkok, which results in a more excited crowd.
Martijn van den Berg told us the difference is at first in the production. The massive lights and laser show, the Function 1 sound system from the UK and the award-winning VJ team, Vision Impossible, makes Transmission more than just a music festival. Besides that, Transmission does storytelling too, it’s not just an amazing show with an amazing set, but every year there is a new theme. This year the theme was’ The Spirit of theWarior‘. The DJ’s play through the night and tell a part of the story through their set. We saw this story back in the spectacular opening ceremony by Driftmoon & Geronimo at 6:30 pm and later the general ceremony at 10:45 pm.
Later that night we had the opportunity to meet Transmission resident DJ Markus Schulz, Fila from Aly & Fila and many other people and artists in the industry. We noticed that the industry is such a warm and welcome industry where everybody is equal. You see this back in the crowd of trance fans, more than other EDM festivals.The crowd trance is very friendly and open to everybody. People from over 60 countries came to Bangkok specifically for this festival. It is one of the examples of how music unites people.
Izaak and I noticed that the outstanding event of the festival was the great pre and after party in Insanity club in Bangkok, organized by Pure Pleasure Entertainment. It added an extra club life feeling to the weekend and was, according to festival visitors we spoke to, an extra reason to make it all the way to Bangkok.
Overall, Transmission overwhelmed us, the show, the sets, the DJs, the pre and after party and the people attending the festival. It was more than worth it, I came all the way to Bangkok and we will definitely be present at the next edition in Prague too. The pictures, the videos, and live sets are great, but this is one of the festivals where you have to attend to know how it is. Interested to go to Transmission? Besides the festival Air beat one in Germany and the editions of Transmission in the Czech Republic and Australia, Martijn van den Berg gave us inside information that we will see Transmission in other countries coming to. Keep up to date about the events and live sets at www.transmission.events and sooner or later who knows, maybe we will see Transmission coming to South America too.