I have to admit it: Europe is better at music festivals. It's not just a subjective comment, it's a fact. This opinion was sealed after attending Germany's World Club Dome “Space Edition” held in Frankfurt's humongous Commerzbank arena.
On a bright, crisp day I made my way to the festival. On the way in, hundreds of young people decked out in crop tops and shorts with some glitter on their faces sauntered in to the sold out festival.
I've attended many festivals in Europe and I was hesitant to see if World Club Dome would live up to the hype.
When we arrived the stages were already packed with people. From the laid back vibe of the pool sessions stage, the funky and colorful forest stage, to the incredibly huge indoor stage it was pleasantly packed. My worry with a festival is that the main stages will be flooded with people and the other stages will be left empty. But this wasn't the case at all for World Club Dome. People flocked to each and each one offered a different vibe.
The lineup for the festival was incredible. Huge names like David Guetta, Steve Aoki featuring Timbaland, Armin Van Buuren, W&W, Nicky Romero, Don Diablo, and even Jason DeRulo.
Despite bringing in many heavy hitting DJs, World Club Dome did a great job to bring in acts that are all over the EDM spectrum and having guests like Timbaland and Sam Feldt bringing out live musicians really made the festival fun.
The draw for World Club Dome, besides the jam packed line up, is that it's the largest club in the world. This year's theme was “Space” for their 9th anniversary of the festival. Fitting, since BigCityBeats' Wolrd Club Dome announced their first DJ set in Space!
The festival has been on the land, sea, and even air, but announced they are taking the festival to new heights, quite literally. In August 2019 ESA Astronaut and DJ Luca Parmitano will play a live DJ set from the International Space Shuttle!
I love that this festival seeks to push the boundaries and think of new and inventive ways to share music. This will no doubt be an epic event unlike any before.
But back on earth, the festival in Frankfurt puts on an equally out-of-this-world show. Multiple stages spread over 7,500 square feet make it easy to find a spot to relax, eat, drink, dance, or swim.
You can also camp out at the festival, making it a great way to enjoy the 3-day event.
Walking over to the main stages you can catch a glimpse of some of the artists arriving by helicopter. Or you can walk along the red “carpet” (a plastic walkway) as you go from stage to stage.
The Zombie stage was always full of people shuffling and jamming to a more hard-style music.
The most colorful stage had to be the “Elrow” stage which brought out live performers into the audience.
The indoor forest stage was particularly mystical and was a great place to dance.
The “Dixi” stage had to be one of the most inventive, what looked like a stage surrounded by porter potties was an actual DJ set! I loved this idea and you could see many people moshing to the music.
Some smaller stages around the main indoor stage, the music circle, were a nice way to jump around outside and find some new artists. I loved seeing DubVision perform and it was nice to get up close and personal!
Jason DeRulo brought out a different flavor for the audience with backup dancers and some of his smash hits.
As Jason DeRulo's set ended fireworks shot off and the crowd cheered.
Many headed into the massive indoor stage to watch Steve Aoki inevitably throw cake on the crowd. He also brought out the incredible producer Timbaland for a few minutes to play some of his hits like “The Way I Are” and the crowd was elated.
All in all, World Club Dome is a must for anyone who loves music festivals. It's a great combination of world class artists and a well put together festival. Which is no easy feat with this many people.
The WORLD CLUB DOME – SPACE EDITION was a real success. The music, stages, and atmosphere was perfect and despite being the biggest club in the world, you could always find a place you enjoyed. I think every festival goer was musically satisfied and could enjoy three days full of magical moments. I can't wait to see what BigCityBeats will do next summer.