Because every EDM fan’s biggest dream is to party with their favourite DJs.
Held at Potato Head Beach Club in Bali, Indonesia last Thursday and Friday (14th – 15th September), the sold-out sophomore edition of ULTRA Beach Bali attracted thousands of partygoers from all around the world on both nights. Thanks to PLAY Club KL, we were able to dance to the heart-thumping beats delivered by some of the world’s top DJs and producers at the much-hyped outdoor event.
As ULTRA virgins, we have to admit that we were pretty impressed by the festival’s spectacular setting and the crowd’s passion for electronic dance music. Each day’s line-up was packed with DJs on the decks from 2pm till midnight, spanning across 2 stages – the ULTRA Main Stage and the Resistance stage.
As Malaysia was celebrating her birthday last week, many flights to Bali were fully booked, leaving us with no choice but to take an afternoon flight on Thursday itself. Luckily, we were able to make it for Afrojack’s set and it was worth all the time spent travelling!
The Dutch musician galvanised the crowd with “Turn Up The Speakers”, “Ten Feet Tall”, “SummerThing!” as well as other radio hits such as Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For”, Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber’s “Cold Water”, and Drake’s “One Dance”. He even ended his set by jumping into the pool from the console, making the crowd go wild. The man sure knows how to keep his fans happy 😉
However, the atmosphere sort of died down when deadmau5 took over the decks. After playing his mega hit “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff”, people stopped dancing and some even left the Main Stage before he could finish his set. Don’t get us wrong, the Canadian producer is super talented but we think that maybe his set should have been scheduled before Afrojack’s because progressive house may not be the best choice to close the night with.
The next evening saw 2 up-and-coming American DJs, Dan Griffith aka Gryffin and Los Angeles-based Jauz, taking over the stage. While the former impressed the crowd with smooth, chilled-out rhythms, the latter rocked the night with hard style, high-energy beats. And honestly, we can’t seem to choose our favourite because we loved both sets!
Just when we thought that the music couldn’t get any better, Swedish electronic music duo Galantis, which consists of Christian “Bloodshy” Karlsson from Miike Snow and Linus Eklö aka Style of Eye, brought the house (or more specifically, beach) down with their hour-long power-packed set. Their hit tracks “Peanut Butter Jelly”, “Runaway (U & I)”, “In My Head”, and “No Money” got revellers dancing hard under the starry night sky.
The top DJ of the night was undoubtedly boy wonder Martin Garrix. When he stepped up the stage at 11pm, the crowd went berserk! He may be EDM’s youngest superstar, but it’s not hard to see why the 20-year-old Dutch DJ is the festival’s favourite headliner. Not only is he musically talented, he is also very interactive with his fans. During his set he said, “I’m f–cking happy to be here together (with you), I’m here to make you guys go crazy! Make some noise!”
We swear, no matter how may times we hear “Tremor”, “Animals”, and “Poison”, our bodies go on auto-pilot, moving to the infectious Garrix-branded beats. Beyond the confetti, fire displays, and flashing lights, he closed this year’s ULTRA Beach Bali perfectly with with his latest party anthem, “In The Name Of Love” featuring Bebe Rexha.
ULTRA Beach Bali 2016 is said to be the one of the smallest ULTRA festivals (only 2 stages this year) so far and though we wished that our favourite acts (ahem, ahem Chainsmokers) was added into this year’s line-up, the event did not disappoint us. We can’t wait to see what organisers have in mind for next year’s festival!
Speaking of which, the brand recently introduced Ultra Passport for frequent festival-goers. The program enables revellers to become eligible for special bonuses by earning points for attending events. Also, early bird tickets will be made available exclusively to Ultra Passport holders. Click here to sign up!
If you’re a party animal like us, stay tuned to PLAY Club KL’s Facebook page and Instagram as their latest party movement, Play Day Out (PDO), allows you to experience concerts and music festivals first hand! To be eligible for PDO, all you need to do is purchase the selected twin bottle packages, as each purchase entitles one lucky draw coupon to be dropped at the dedicated box located at PLAY’s entrance for a draw during the respective closing parties.
P/S: PDO’s next stop is It’s The Ship 2016. Don’t say we didn’t share 😉
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