This weekend we have been in Antwerp as you know for Don’t Let Daddy Know! What did we experience? Did the organization manage to bring Ibiza to Antwerp? We arrived at the venue at about 22:15. The sport-palace of Antwerp is the arena you usually see on TV used for tennis or cycling so I was definitely curious what it’s like to party there. Our photographer Edgar joined us this time so you should absolutely check out his pictures in the album ‘Don’t Let Daddy Know 25-10’. There were many people holding a flag of their country: Dutch flags, Belgium flags, French flags, Spanish flags, I’ve even spotted an Argentinian flag. For me it’s always a big plus for a party to have mixed nationalities because it proves good music unites us all.
22:00 – 0:00 Sem Vox
0:00 – 01:00 Sander van Doorn
01:00 – 02:00 Blasterjaxx
02:00 – 03:00 Showtek
03:00 – 04:00 Laidback Luke
04:00 – 05:00 DVBBS
05:00 – 06:00 Ummet Ozcan
When we got in at about 22:30 Sem Vox was already building up well. Personally I had never heard of this DJ but he was doing a great job getting everybody already in the mood to party all night. Sem Vox finished at 12 o’clock and the lights went out for a second, that’s when you really realized how incredibly huge the LED-screen behind the DJ booth was. I felt like on Ibiza because of the incredible intro’s that were used to introduce each new artist. Sander van Doorn played a nice set with some electro and deep-house elements. At 1 am it was time for one of the artists I had really looked forward to seeing live, Blasterjaxx. They blew everyone away with mystica, who, lovers on the sun, make it bounce etc. They even played their new track ‘Blasterjaxx & D-Block & S-te-fan – Beautiful World’ which believe me, is reallyyy huge! Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGaa0YlRhyQ
Showtek who came next unfortunately didn’t manage to surprise as much as Blasterjaxx did but obviously their tracks like ‘Showtek & Tiesto – Cannonball’ still manage to really hype the crowd. Unfortunately for some reason during Showtek’s set some people thought it was the kind of music to start a moshpit at. That was kind of annoying because first of all in my view EDM and moshpits are not a match and secondly people that were just enjoying the music were getting involved in the pushing. At this point it was almost 2:30 am wintertime so we decided to check out what there was to eat in the venue.
We paid 5,50 euros for a ‘kebab sandwich’ that didn’t really have much meat in it. At this point we also got the info that it is not possible to pay with pin in the whole Sportpaleis which was both suprising and disappointing.
Well moving on, it was time for Laidback Luke! He was definitely the one I was most excited to see live for the first time. His set was amazing, a great vibe throughout it, which included one of his newest tracks with his wife (DJ Gina Turner) ‘Bae’ and many of his tracks that did well in the festival season. DVBBS didn’t surprise that much like Showtek but the energy of those Canadian guys on stage is always really fun to see. The last set of Ummet Ozcan is definitely in the top 3 of the sets during the whole evening. It was the perfect closing set going from progressive house to electro house till a big harder sounds which for sure included ‘Ummet Ozcan & W&W – The code’.
So, in conclusion, did E&A events bring Ibiza to Antwerp? I think they did a great job creating this stage, the visuals & the line-up was organized very well. Personal highlights of DLDK would be: Blasterjaxx, Laidback Luke & Ummet Ozcan. I would like to thank the organization, artists & especially Q-Music & Clubjudge for my guestlistspots. We had fun & will definitely be there next time and remember to Don’t Let Daddy Know!
Date: 25th October 2014
Venue: Sportpaleis, Antwerp
Reporter: Alexander Bouten