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.
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.
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