From humble, local beginnings to Germany's premier EDM-focused music experience, Airbeat One Festival now firmly sits on a pedestal due to its unequalled production values, inclusive atmosphere, ingenuity, creativity, and stellar lineups: 2019's instalment will see The Chainsmokers, Armin Van Buuren, Steve Aoki, and Afrojack all appear, alongside a rare German set from Martin Garrix.
So, with summer merely round the corner and the anticipation building, let's recount how Airbeat One became the celebrated festival that it now is, through the spectacular documentation that are the aftermovies.
The festival's first aftermovie was released after the success of the 2009 edition (although Airbeat One's debut outing was in 2002), so let's take a step back into the late 2000s, where a burgeoning festival was putting Neustadt-Glewe on the map, on its way to becoming one of the biggest dance music festivals on the continent.
An unsteady hand-held camera combines plenty of crowd shots with glimpses of the old-school stage design. It's fair to say, things have come a long way in the last decade:
Just like the year before, 2010's aftermovie is a laid-back snapshot from the perspective of a genuine festival-goer:
With a much glossier film than the previous two years, the festival's 10th edition starts to feel a lot more like the Airbeat One we know today:
Turns out, the name Airbeat One comes from the fact that it's hosted by an airport, where you can do a spot of skydiving:
After a slow-burn start, this one really shows the weekend at its energetic best:
Steve Aoki, Ummet Ozcan, and Nicky Romero help to tell the story of 2014, Aoki ending with the line: "I'm always gonna remember Airbeat for their fruits." That's good to know, Steve:
The most impressive main stage yet makes for a film-maker's dream, as fireworks envelop the semi-colosseum:
By 2016, they'd mastered the art of capturing the festival's spirit, joy, and atmosphere on film:
Representing the festival's soul, this aftermovie shows the feverish adoration festival goers have for Airbeat One:
The British-theme genuinely bamboozles due to the convincing stage design, featuring replicas of iconic landmarks like Big Ben and the London Eye. Let's see if 2019's Indian-theme can go one better: