Another legend at the Armory
Trance fans of the Twin Cities rejoiced when Armin van Buuren was announced to play the Armory. The legendary artist, hailing from the Netherlands, sold out the downtown venue and brought down the house with an incredible two and a half-hour performance last night.
The night warmed up with support from local favorites, JT&T and DJ Joe the Ripper. Early arrivers to the show were delighted to catch a bit of Tyler Allix‘s famous saxophone shredding. SIMShows also shared that DJ Joe the Ripper proposed to his girlfriend at the show last night – how exciting!
Direct support for Armin van Buuren came from progressive trance producer Ruben De Ronde. The vast venue was already filled, and thankfully so, as Armin took to the stage surprisingly early.
The Surprise Marathon Set
The crowd buzzed as the colossal trance legend played for over two hours. The excitement in the building was palpable as the BPMs worked their way up to 150. The Armory was about to enter A State of Trance.
Backed by an incredible stage and impeccable lighting production, the Dutch DJ put on an intense, high energy performance. Everyone was bopping and jumping along to the beat and shuffle circles broke out all around me. The high energy levels from both the crowd and Armin himself were sustained throughout the night.
Eight thousand four hundred voices
It was nearly impossible to move with the 8,400 person capacity space entirely sold out. Even though the tightly packed crowd, you could spot Armin’s infectious smile. It’s always more enjoyable when you can tell that the artist is genuinely having fun during the performance.
Fans roared as Armin dropped hit tracks like “Mr. Navigator,” “This is what it Feels Like,” and “Million Voices.” The floors of the Armory shook as he closed out the night with the hard-hitting “Blah Blah Blah.” I was nearly hoarse after screaming along with the famous tune.
After an epic sold-out night of pure trance bliss, I’m hopeful that this will open the door for local venues to book bigger international trance and house names. The bookings for those genres lack in the cities, but it’s clear that the demand is there. Fingers crossed that Armin van Buuren will be back again soon, along with some of his legendary cohorts.