Thousands flocked to My Dinh Stadium to get a piece of the artist called the world’s biggest DJ


On May 20, thousands descended on My Dinh stadium to see the man that Mixmag has coined the world’s biggest DJ.


Hardwell was performing in Vietnam for the second time, the first being in Ho Chi Minh City in September 2014. Somewhat ironically the event was hosted by Vinaphone. No doubt this has something to do with the inseparable connection between Vietnamese phone shops and the blasting of EDM music on the biggest speaker the store has available in the middle of a weekday afternoon. Maybe not.


Regardless, both tours drew the crowds in their droves, and the return of the world’s biggest DJ looks like it will be a taste for what’s in store.


Vietnam is increasingly becoming a point of interest for touring DJs given the country’s fervent, almost cult-like appreciation for EDM, where kindergartens play Skrillex to entice children to exercise.


Tiesto, voted by Mixmag fans as “the Greatest DJ of All Time” will be descending on Hanoi on the Dec. 9. He will be playing My Dinh stadium alongside R3HAB, as part of the Budweiser tour 2017.


Loud Noises


The increasingly regular visits by top DJs shows just how far the country has come in the last two decades. No-one was inviting Faithless to play here 20 years ago.


If the concept of trickle-down still retains any relevance, then the top dogs’ performances could help to establish Vietnam as a regular fixture on the tour lists of musicians from all classes, not to mention give the local music industry a firm instruction to bury Vinahouse under the most enormous landfill and produce something more relevant to human civilization.


With the country becoming a frequent stopping-off point for massive house DJs, time will tell just how long it is before other genres also consider coming to spread the vibrations — Jose Gonzalez’s free performance last year is an example of what could be, while the youth of a nation plug in their headphones to the outside world.


To read the other articles in this series, click on the following links:


Years of speculation over whether the fast food behemoth would ever enter Hanoi are now at an end
The Vietnamese film industry has experienced a Renaissance over the past few years. Em Chua 18 is
Thousands flocked to My Dinh Stadium to get a piece of the artist called the world’s biggest DJ
But despite the optimism, the team doesn’t make it past the group stage   The reason why
The movie that made Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ name in Vietnam has been both a resounding success and a
Three months, three storms and a death toll of almost 300   Vietnam’s location on the edge
Ariana Grande cancels her concert, disappointed fans   Ariana Grande made it to Vietnam,
Simultaneous break causes internet traffic jam   The internet came to a grinding halt for
New public transport service about to float your boat   By the time you read this,
Well over 100,000 cases of dengue fever reported in 2017   Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City ...
Street food grows up with designated areas for street-side vendors   In October Word ...
The family book and ID card are being replaced with a new system   In 2009, Ngo Thu Huong
Trees breathe life into the capital’s “concrete jungle”   Looking to ditch its “concrete
A marathon returns to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time in 25 years   While ...
Hanoi gets a repeat performance of the hugely popular conference on ideas   TED Talks are
Saigon’s legendary party street ditches the vehicles   Many of us thought we would never


Billy Gray

Billy arrived in Hanoi in November 2015 with the intention of staying for just six months. He didn’t expect that flights to leave would be so expensive, so decided instead to stay and write for the Word.

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated.Basic HTML code is allowed.

Online Partners