This year the legendary show A State of Trance celebrates its 10th birthday in a truly impressive way. With 5 spectacular live shows, in 5 different countries, on 5 continents, 5 weeks in a row, about 50 DJs from around the world will set up together probably the largest event in the world of electronic music ever organized.
The history: On May 18, 2001, Armin van Buuren, a very promising young DJ, who released his first productions as Rising Star, (with that name, as if he determines his own fate himself as one of the biggest names in the music industry in general) broadcasts a pilot radio show A State of Trance, for the Dutch ID & T Radio. Officially the first episode is aired two weeks later on June 1, 2001, featuring tracks from the likes of Armin himself, Rank1, Blanc and Jones.
Over the next 10 years the show reaches a level of popularity unsurpassed so far in the history of electronic music , and today it has about 15 million listeners in 26 countries and has become a philosophy for its fans and a measure of success for all trance DJs and producers around the globe. The credit for this incredible success goes to Armin van Buuren himself, a man with great charisma and management skills, who transformed his radio show into an institution and his label Armada into an empire.
Every spring ASOT airs its every 50th episode and from episode100 up until now, Armin organizes incredible parties and live shows dedicated to the anniversary edition. This year the legendary radio show will broadcast its 500th episode and the peak of the celebrations will be on 9th April in the Netherlands.
I personally follow these spectacular live performances ever since episode 350, aired May, 2008 and from then on, every year I look forward eagerly to another A State of Trance round episode celebration, where the most popular trance DJs from around the world perform live at memorable parties, broadcasted directly on Digitally Imported. This is the radio streaming first of all the new ASOT episodes every Thursday.
This year Armin surpasses himself and organizes the largest event in the world of electronic music ever . It includes 5 shows on 5 continents in the cities of Johannesburg, South Africa; Miami, USA, (the show is part of WMC 2011); Buenos Aires, Argentina; Den Bosch, Netherlands; Sydney, Australia.
The DJ line up for the historical ASOT 500 is impressive to say the least. In five host cities headliners such as Markus Schulz, Paul Oakenfold, Cosmic Gate, Dash Berlin, Above & Beyond, Gareth Emery, Ferry Corsten, John O `Callaghan and many others will rock the crowds behind the decks. Only in Den Bosch, Netherlands, on 5 scenes, 39 of the most popular trance DJ-s in the world will share the hours from 21 PM to 7 AM to play live not only for the thousands who have the honor to attend the parties but also for the millions of trance music fans around the world, who will tune in and listen to their favorite radio show „A State of Trance“.