New Horizons, a brand new dance festival coming to Germany this summer, is all about creating "seven festivals in one."
Dubbed a Kingdom, the futuristic dreamland will be hosting over 150 DJs from across the dance music spectrum, including Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Chris Liebing and Brennan Heart.
Ahead of their debut, we spoke to the team behind the festival to find out exactly what to expect from the seven unique areas, and the variety of big-name brands that will be joining them at the Nürburgring.
What made you start New Horizons?
We wanted to create a magical world where people can travel to. To enjoy two full days full of music, dancing, fun and seven festival experiences all in one. A place where you can escape from reality and enjoy life to the fullest with your friends.
You describe the festival site as a "Kingdom" and "seven festivals in one". Tell us more about what festival-goers will find inside this kingdom and the different areas?
The Kingdom of New Horizons consists of seven magical worlds. Each of these worlds represent a music genre. From EDM to trap, and from trance to techno, hardstyle and goa. Together with internationally renowned partners and labels such as Armada, Q-dance, HYTE and People Like Us this results in seven totally different, mesmerising worlds.
Capital Park is the home of the Kingdom of New Horizons. What you know from your dreams becomes reality here. Go on a journey with Afrojack, Alan Walker, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Don Diablo, Showtek, Tiësto and W&W at our main stage.
Time to join the circus. Is this reality? Are your eyes fooling you? Urban Circus is an enticing place where Dannic, Firebeatz, Headhunterz, Jay Hardway, Kris Kross Amsterdam, Otto Knows and Sander van Doorn are in charge of the wheels of steel.
Where words fail, techno, minimal and house speak. Factory49 is the Kingdom hosted by HYTE and People Like Us and a world where driving beats and rhythm take the reigns. Debark on an unforgettable journey with the likes of Liebing, Claptone, Dubfire, Monika Kruse and Oliver Schories.
Dark Valley is the most mysterious world of all. Tucked between cold steel constructions, fans and foes should brace themselves for a thrilling hardstyle experience with acts like Atmozfears, Brennan Heart, Coone, Code Black, Frequencerz, Psyko Punkz and many others. Go hard or go home. Our host Q-dance will make sure to take care of the latter.
In Trap Town, hip-hop vibes, slow bass drums, fast hi-hats and deep basses dominate. Dirtcaps, Dyro, Jauz, Moksi, NGHTMRE and Walshy Fire from the Major Lazer crew on the decks!
Trancetonia is a world where souls dance and spiritual vibes set the tone. With beats by trance stars such as Aly & Fila, Andrew Bayer, Andrew Rayel, ATB, Cosmic Gate, Orjan Nilsen, Paul Oakenfold and Vini Vici and Armada as a host (Saturday).
Enter the Garden of Goa. Enter a lush world full of hypnotizing beats. Here, travellers can relax in lovely decorated chill-out areas or lose themselves enveloped in entrancing sounds of Aviatica, DigiCult, Hatikwa, Talamasca and many other goa / psy trance artists.
What's the craziest thing we'll find?
You will find a mysterious Gatekeeper who will guide you into our Kingdom which will be open from dusk till dawn and will have its own special sunset celebration. A phenomenal experience that is bound to be part of your memories forever.
You've got a huge lineup for your first edition, across a range of dance genres and curated by some top brands, such as Q Dance, Armada and HYTE. You must be thrilled to have such incredible brands and artists joining you?
We are very happy to have such amazing hosts as our partners for the first edition of New Horizons. For us it is very important to have a high standard and we are sure that these partners are the right choice to guarantee this.
We are very close to most of the big artists in the scene and very happy that they're as excited as we are to perform during, and be part of the very first edition of New Horizons Festival.
Do you think diversity is an important part in making a music festival so special?
Yes, we believe that this is something that makes our festival unique. Every traveller will get the possibility to discover seven festivals in one. You can let loose during a trance event one moment and be part of an insane trap party the other.
Who in particular are you most excited about seeing? And who should we check out that we might not have heard of?
We love all our residents and ten thousands of travellers which will join us in our magical Kingdom.
And lastly, where would you like to see New Horizons in five years time?
We will have built on an unforgettable first edition. Ensure a new, fresh experience every year while keeping the essence and the true DNA of our festival alive. Uniting tens of thousands of festival fans while offering them new terrain to discover and a staggering amount of music, artists and memories.
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