Reviewed: Music On Festival 2019
Music On is a big fixture in the calendar for all techno lovers. Taking place on May 11th and 12th in the beautiful setting of Havenpark, Amsterdam. The great beginning before all roads lead to Ibiza, so it’s a fine primer of what to expect from the summer season. This year, the festival came after preview shows in London and New York amongst others, so when we arrived all the DJs were in fine form and ready to deliver some mind-melting sets.
One great tent is a part-covered greenhouse styled structure with greenery hanging down and the sun was also beating down (thankfully!). People in attendance come from all over Europe. They are a happy bunch, with a hardcore Italian following present – obviously here for their lord and saviour in the main room.
On Saturday we get down to some slick house vibes from Apollonia, the legendary French trip who keeps it deep and classy. There are plenty of other big names from Ibiza also playing such as Jamie Jones, who weaves together plenty of his creamy basslines, and The Martinez Brothers, who chop it up with real raw energy and some jackin’ drum work.
The most exciting set is from the man himself: Marco Carola served up loopy, stripped back techno of the highest order. It was slick, seductive stuff with a real sense of machine soul that got hands in the air. He played in a huge dome, darkened inside but lit up with an incredible amount of lasers. He even drops some big vocal cuts to a great reaction from all who were present. Blackchildita – Agartha was a big one that will stick long in the memory, an unreleased track from an emerging artist we can’t wait to hear more from. Another highlight was undoubtedly the party starting ‘Still Doesn’t Care’ from Dutchman Luuk van Dijk; an explosive moment from a local talent.
On Sunday, we’re feeling a little tired and weary but the weather is good so that picked up the spirits. Playing in the greenhouse stage is Marco Faraone. He teased with driving, heavily percussive sounds and really worked all sorts of effects and loops – it sent the crowd into a frenzy. Elsewhere, on Sunday, Steve Lawler brought the tech-stylings with a real classy vibe and layed down big drums brimming with vibrancy.
Secret Cinema and Egbert went back-to-back for another one of their legendary sets; proving to share big spills and thrills. The light shines down on the crowd and as they work the decks the partisan crowd soaked up the good-time vibes and give back plenty more. All in all, this is an essential two-day techno fest that oozed a fantastic aura and presented an opportunity of non-stop moving and shaking. Roll on the Music On season in Ibiza now!