The last confetti snippets on the main stage dance floor are swept up. Technicans unscrew the laser systems. Pyro-experts dismount flame jets and CO2 cannons. And in the Club Music Circle, the truss constructions of the floors move back into the trucks parked in front of the arena. All this happens while this press release is created at 07:35 AM on Monday morning.
And what was the premiere in Düsseldorf like? Were the expectations fulfilled? Or even surpassed? The answer: goose bumps! The approximately 90.000 guests from more than 64 nations who were distributed over the three days made the MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA the largest club in the world, not only physically but also emotionally. With more than ten thousand people in front of the main stage who danced to the live shows of the Belgian EDM heroes Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Where they raised their arms to roof of the arena with The Chainsmokers (who were close to stage diving). Where they took a wonderful time travel to the beginnings of the new millenium with the classics of the Black Eyed Peas. The visitors celebrated “the club of the year” in one of the biggest German event locations.
Of course, with the international top headliners from the business of electronic music scene and the spectacular light and laser show, the main stage was the magnet of attraction. But also the 24 Micro-Clubs which circled the large concert area over the weekend attracted the crowds. Perhaps even more than one might expect in advance. Especially on Saturday the so called Club Music Circle was bursting at the seams. “We are completely overwhelmed that this concept was so well accepted”, says Bernd Breiter, CEO of the organizer BigCityBeats. “The crowd was thrilled that the main stage with tens of thousands of celebrating people were only a few meters away from the small, intimate clubs. Butan Club, WCD Pool Sessions, silq, Global Stage, 102 Club – all within walking distance. Part of the line-up: The superstars of the technoid underground, big names from Hip-Hop, Future Bass, Tech House, EDM, Minimal and House. From techno mastermind Alan Fitzpatrick from England to Butan resident Frank Sonic to the Disco Boys from Hamburg, to Love Parade founder Dr. Motte from Berlin and to HUGEL from France, who delivered in 2018 the ultimate summer hit with his “Bella Ciao” remix – which of course couldn’t be missing from his set.
The premiere of the BigCityBeats WORLD CLUB DOME Winter Edition in Düsseldorf offered a divers side program that was visited by numerous guests and VIPs. For example, many World Clubbers took the opportunity to take part in a “Shuffle Workshop” by Arina Luisa on Sunday afternoon. Back to the main stage, which was opened after the live performance by Sebastian Ingrosso (Swedish House Mafia) on Friday 11:15 PM with a big welcome show. A dozen lasers were flickering through the arena. Flame jets that shot meters upwards. Hundreds of moving lights that made the location look like a space shuttle. The huge lighting system, which stretched across the entire wide and height of the stadium, was perfectly programmed to sound through the huge arena.
And then, two evenings later, after the newly crowned MTV European Music Award winner Marshmello played his last track after the Grand Closing Show, the BigCityBeats WORLD CLUB DOME Winter Edition unfortunately was over again, so that “the biggest club in the world” turned the arena back into a normal football stadium. After the event Managing Director Michael Brill of D.LIVE was quite satisfied: “With the WORLD CLUB DOME the MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA has proven its undisputed uniqueness in Europe – a stadium becomes the biggest club in winter with more than 20 stages, 150 acts and 90.000 visitors! There were three unique club nights for Düsseldorf and NRW.
Thanks to all involved for this memorable party. See you next year!