Sensation tantalizes New York with its first American show
Every once in a while I regret missing a show. To be more specific, I regret missing the 1st appearance of Sensation in America. It happened in October at the new Barclay Arena in Brooklyn the weekend before super storm Sandy. So instead of braving the unknown path of the storm I chickened out and sat down in Orlando while my best bud Fernando went to the epic show. When Ferny came back with some great pictures, I conned him into writing a story for me. I edited the heck out of it to give more tech specs, but I want to give full credit to Fern for writing the story. I greatly appreciate him doing this for me.
Sensation is a one day festival that has grown to a 25 country festival with Italy being the last country to join with the date in 2013. The show is a 'house' music event and the DJ is in the center of the arena with water fountains, lasers, props, pyro, and a few surprises at every show. ENjoy the article and most of all enjoy the amazing pictures Fernando took!! PLease leave any comments or questions.
Brooklyn, NY. – After a much-anticipated US debut, that was years in the making, the global dance music phenomenon ‘Sensation’ (formerly Sensation White) arrived in America the last weekend of October. The two-night show took place at the brand new Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, New York. The electronic dance music festival sets itself apart from the rest of the EDM shows by bringing a serious production element to the audience. There isn’t a huge roster of big named DJs playing their own genre, but a ‘house’ only group of DJs intertwined the music with the atmosphere. It is the quintessential journey for a house music fan because it is all about the vibe and theme ‘Innerspace’.
Sensation’s “Innerspace” production has already traveled around the world to locations such as Russia, Brazil, Amsterdam, UK, South Korea, Australia, Spain, and Taiwan, with a total of 22 additional events planned for this year. The lineup featured Fedde le Grand, Joris Voorn, Mark knight, Dennis Ferrer, Nic Fanciulli, Mr. White, 2000 and One, and New York’s own Danny Tennaglia. One of the very few traveling festivals, Sensation has a global reputation for being a show that can’t be missed.
Innerspace sets itself apart by presenting the ‘total show experience’ rather than just the long lines and huge stages we are used to here in the states. The stage wasn’t bigger than any of the other big music festivals (Ultra, EDC, EZOO) but what it lacked in size it made up for in style and function by a rotating stage turntable that offered 360* views for the partygoers. There wasn’t a bad place to stand because the stage gave everyone a chance to see the dj, as well as allow a seamless transition between sets with two separate dj decks on each side of the stage. It also incorporated a water curtain in the middle of the stage substituting for the usual LED wall, and conveyed the feelings of the crowd with its inspirational words. To add to the excitement, confetti cannons and lasers changed the mood and added more energy. The most impressive production element was the 42 huge LED controlled ‘balls’ that set the mood for the night and were only revealed during the Fedde le Grande set. They were on separate tethered rig points and had about 20 feet of play in both down and up positions.
Without a doubt the most amazing reason to attend a night of Sensation is the people, a throng of adult EDM fans (21 & up), all wearing white. To see everyone become part of the show, the white clothes reflected all the LED transitions reflected all over building walls and ceiling. (Sensation requires attendees to wear all white outfits to the event) Believe me, it’s quite a sight to see 25,000 people all decked out in white ready to party the night away. The European and Latin flavor was in full effect with New York’s well diverse population on hand. At one point I found myself throwing my hands up in the air next to the prince of Kazakhstan inside his box suite, and minutes later chanting ole, ole, with a group of neighboring Argentineans. The Yanks where well represented, of course, with many people traveling from outside New York just for the event. Allan Cerrato made the trip from Orlando, Fla., “It was well worth it”, he adds, “imagine the most amazing club in the world, and then put 25,000 people from all over the world in it”. I will post some pictures to help you “imagine it”.
Whether sensation becomes a phenomenon state side, as it has around the world, is yet to be seen, but with such great reviews the rumors are flying for a repeat show. If you consider yourself a collector of experiences by attending diverse festivals like a pro, then this show MUST be added to your plans for next year. Take it from me, a well-traveled patron, it gave me more than I could have imagined with me the star of the show.