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Jakarta Post

Djakarta Warehouse Project offers twice the dancing

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 11, 2014   /  11:02 am
Djakarta Warehouse Project offers  twice the dancing rave: RAVE: Invasion from the dance floor: The Djakarta Warehouse Project in 2012. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama) (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)

RAVE :   Invasion from the dance floor: The Djakarta Warehouse Project in 2012. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)

The Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) '€“ the nation'€™s biggest electronic dance music (EDM) festival - is set to mesmerize partygoers, returning for a sixth iteration this weekend.

Yudha Perdana, brand manager of Ismaya Live, the festival'€™s organizer, said that the DWP was expanded to two days to accommodate growing demand from fans.

'€œAnd that means we'€™re going to double the dancing and double the experience of dancing under an electric sky full of stars,'€ Yudha said in a statement.

The festival is slated to be held at a bigger venue: JIExpo in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.

'€œWe'€™re moving to another venue, which is bigger, to accommodate a bigger audience. In addition, the place can also shelter us from the rain,'€ he said.

Yudha might have been referring to last year'€™s DWP, when rain poured throughout the night of the festival, which was held at Eco Park Ancol in North Jakarta, transforming the outdoor stages into a sea of mud.

However, neither rain nor mud could dampen the spirits of the events 30,000 or so attendees, including almost 14,000 from outside Jakarta and 6,000 international ticket buyers from 21 different countries.

This year, the festival will feature more than 70 performers, including 21 international DJs. Organizers hope that 50,000 will come to the party.

Yudha said although there was no special performance this year, the event will give the audience the kind of fun they can'€™t get at other music festivals.

For example, he said, DWP would provide a special stage on Saturday for a '€œLife in Color'€ experience, where partygoers will be sprayed by non-toxic, easy-to-remove paint throughout the show while dancing to live sets.

Yudha recommends that visitors who want to join in the fun bring a change of clothes that can be stored in lockers provided by organizers.

Rave music fans will be able to see live performances from Grammy winning DJ Skrillex, top American DJ and music producer Ryan '€œKaskade'€ Raddon, Canadian electronic dance music duo Adventure Club, two Dutch DJs and producers Blasterjaxx, and Australian songwriters and DJs, Miriam Nervo and Olivia Nervo, better known as NERVO.

Local DJs slated for sets include Anton Wirjono; Midnight Quickie, whose track, '€œMidnight Music'€, was played on BBC radio 1; Joyful Noise Project, a collaboration between prominent DJ Dipha Barus and Lala Karmela, Kallula and Tatis Boom; Sova, which made its comeback to the local music scene earlier this year; and avant-garde DJ Winky Wiryawan.

Since this year'€™s venue is far from the city'€™s center, organizers will provide shuttle buses between Gandaria City and Kota Kasablanka in South Jakarta, Grand Indonesia in Central Jakarta and the venue.

Djakarta Warehouse Project started as an electronic dance music festival from a warehouse space in 2009. Since its inception, the event has brought top international DJs to the city, including David Guetta, Avicii, Paul van Dyk, Calvin Harris, Zedd, Breakbot and Alesso.

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