In the lead-up, a long list of Time Warp DE's celebrated community shared their thoughts on how and why the techno stronghold came about and lasted its quarter of a century duration. So, it was safe to assume the entire family, from performers to promoters, from riggers to ravers, were highly anticipating the 25th birthday. It delivered. Emphatically.
Time Warp's silver anniversary added to the imitable techno festival's ever-lengthening tapestry of momentous performances and unforgettable experiences that have been woven over the past 25 years. There were memorable sets from the greats, yet the anniversary bash brimmed with contemporary talent, signifying an exciting evolution and changing of the guard.
We've sifted through 19 hours of performance over six stages, and cherry-picked the highlights:
No better place to start than with one of the legendary artisans of techno, and indeed Time Warp; Carl Cox and his iconic smile ensured proceedings kicked-off in rambunctious style on Floor 1. By that time, the night had already seen sets from Adam Beyer and Boris Brejcha, but it was Cox's hefty 3-hour set, complete with confetti for the occasion, that conjured up the bona fide 90s spirit ideal for a retrospective celebration.
Charlotte de Witte
A relative newbie in terms of the traditional Time Warp community, but Charlotte de Witte will no doubt be welcomed with open arms when Time Warp comes back around next year. One of the genuine beacons of contemporary techno, de Witte proved her mettle amongst the illustrious roster, delivering a powerful and melodic set.
Yet another disciple that has taken the mantle from the previous generation. Lens' 4am slot demonstrated her rise through the ranks, with diehard fans donning t-shirts and flags displaying their affection for the Belgian. The entrance was supposedly closed-off due to the sheer number of avid admirers trying to catch a glimpse of her energetic performance.
Detailing his love affair with Time Warp before his performance, Solomun brought that passion to Floor 2. Introduced by 'Papa' Sven Väth, his diverse and rhythmic approach appeals to further afield than simply Diynamic enthusiasts, which resulted in a grinding set that bubbled with soul.
Nina Kraviz B2B Helena Hauff
Without doubt the most anticipated slot of the entire occasion, both inside and outside the walls of Mannheim's Maimarkthalle; techno's 'poster girl' Kraviz performing with the genre's heir to the throne in Hauff. Some corners expressed trepidation over the twos' different styles prior to the back-to-back set, yet their chemistry was unquestionable. The gamble paid off, reinforcing both DJ's sacrosanct reputations.