Q-dance Receives Massive Fan Support at Mysteryland USA
Fans traveled from all over the world last weekend to experience the first electronic music festival ever hosted on Woodstock's legendary grounds in Bethel Woods, New York. Many of today's biggest djs including Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki, Kaskade, and Big Gigantic were seen performing on the festival's beautiful main stage and Boat stage. For many however, the main attraction of the fesival this year was in the sounds of the "underground" Q-dance stage.
For those unfamiliar with the hardstyle genre, it's an aggressive style of dance music that has been around since the late '90s. Originating in the Netherlands, the rave-centric movement has continuously evolved and made its way into American dance culture. Hardstyle has gained a lot of popularity thanks to DJs/producers such as Wildstylez and Noisecontrollers, who both made appearances at Mysteryland this year. As other festivals such as Defqon and Qlimax began gaining traction, various dubstep and house listeners also started moving into the hard-hitting sound, and it has resulted in the rise of Q-dance stages all throughout the festival circuit, from TomorrowWorld to this year's Mysteryland USA.
Upon entering Mysteryland USA this year, fans were immediately greeted by Q-dance ravers who "lead the way" past the mysterious silver tree and radiating main stage to its orange and black Q-dance stage. At the tent, fans were approached by a welcoming "cult" of ravers all dressed in Q-dance flags, with some of them even donning animal masks. It didn't take long afterwards for the pounding kick drums and high-energy bass sounds to pull us in, as artists such as Wildstylez, Noisecontrollers, Evil Activities, and Mr. Skeleton put on shows unlike any other.
In my opinion, one of the greatest factors behing the stage's ceaseless energy was its passion inside all of the hardstyle fans that attended. No matter the performance, there was a noticeable urge and desire for everyone to be motivated and pumped up for the underground sound. Yes, the MC’s did an excellent job at keeping the crowd involved, but you didn’t see that same energy at any of the other stages present at Mysteryland. Everyone in the Q-dance tent wanted the same thing- to keep dancing, and believe me, nothing was going to stand in their way.
Were you at the Q-dance stage this past weekend at Mysteryland USA? Share your experience in the comments section!
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