Awakenings Festival, a techno titan renowned for its grand-scale spectacle, has successfully etched another momentous year into the annals of electronic music. Building on its awe-inspiring reputation, the festival held its 26th edition, a testament to its commitment to delivering relentless beats, captivating light shows and an overall immersive sonic experience.
Once again, Awakenings was ready to commandeer the serene festival grounds of Hilvarenbeek from July 7th to 9th, deepening its ties to the location that had become a new home. But the final day of the Awakenings Summer Festival unfortunately had to be called off due to the prediction of extreme weather conditions. Ravers were encouraged to remain indoors on July 9, missing the scheduled performances from a host of renowned artists, including the likes of Enrico Sangiuliano, Honey Dijon, Adam Beyer, Adriatique, Amelie Lens, Stephan Bodzin, Tale Of Us, Ben Böhmer, Chloé Caillet, Hot Since 82, Joseph Capriati and Kevin de Vries, among others. It was a two-day techno tour de force that catered to every facet of the genre. The sprawling site, adorned with both intimate stages and Awakenings’ iconic grand platforms, invited attendees into a labyrinth of sound and color. An impressive campsite added an extra element of camaraderie to the festival, solidifying its status as one of the premier techno gatherings in the Netherlands.
One of the notable highlights of the festival was the diversity of its attendees, boasting representation from over 100 different nationalities. This multinational array of visitors was set to experience over 130 artists' performances.
This year, the festival innovated further with the addition of Area L, The Lab. This cutting-edge stage, a collaboration with Mixmag, showcased a spectrum of talent from breakthrough acts to seasoned maestros, all enveloped in a rousing dance floor ambience. For those unable to attend the festival, a select set of these powerhouse performances was streamed on Mixmag’s YouTube channel, ensuring the Awakenings' experience reaches global audiences.
Another innovative introduction to the festival was the on-site radio studio hosted by Dutch radio program 'The Beat,' a staple in the Netherlands' underground electronic music scene. Interviews with artists such as KI/KI, Joris Voorn and David Vunk, as well as the festival's organising team, offered an insightful peek into the minds behind the magic.
Awakenings Summer Festival 2023 was a celebration not just of techno, but also of the resilience of the festival itself. Now spanning over a quarter of a century, Awakenings continues to outdo itself, creating unforgettable moments and driving techno's evolution with every edition. Check out the best shots from this year’s unforgettable edition below and watch the selected The Lab Awakenings sets here.