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Apr 15

Armin Cancels Show After Loss Of A Family Member

Halfway through his Armin Only: Intense world tour, Armin van Buuren was forced to cancel the upcoming Chicago performance April 17 at United Center to be with family as they mourn the loss of his father-in-law to a lengthy battle with cancer.

The announcement from Armin Only's production company Alda Events and Live Nation explains that while Armin feels awful about cancelling the show, he must be with his loved ones in the days leading up to the funeral April 18. The tour will continue as scheduled April 19 in Toronto. Our hearts go out to Armin and his entire family during this difficult time.

Refunds for tickets to the cancelled Chicago event will be made available at the point of purchase.
Apr 05

Giveaway: Armin Only: Intense NYC

The beloved king of trance, Armin van Buuren, will be hosting his special Armin Only: Intense concert on Friday, April 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York (18+). This will be the first time that his unique Armin Only event takes place in the USA since Together As One NYE 2008 in Los Angeles. The excitement for this first event of his North American Armin Only tour is mounting fast, so be sure to secure your tickets here today.

If you want to try your luck at winning a pair of GA tickets to Armin Only in New York, enter our contest using the LockerDome contest widget below. One lucky winner will be e-mailed on April 10 at 12 p.m. ET when the contest ends. Good luck, and be sure to invite your friends to enter the giveaway too!

Armin van Buuren - Ping Pong [Armada]
Mar 27

Armin Releases Retro Anthem ‘Ping Pong’

It says something quite special about a producer when they can make a track as a so-called "gimmick", yet it still sees a full release due to endless high demand. That's exactly what happened when Armin Van Buuren spent two days making a track initially intended as a joke, in tribute to Pong, the classic video game that was a big part of his childhood.

After an outing at various Armin Only events, requests from fans to release "the Ping-Pong track" became so great that Armin finally caved and released it on Armind.

To be fair to Armin and his fan base, while the backstory may be a joke, the track itself is anything but. Ping Pong is a big, stompy prog room anthem, with the titular "pong" riff providing a very catchy backbone. It's far from cheesy, at times getting quite dark and serious with a massive 303-style acid line taking the lead for a while during the second break. As a result, it's easy to see why demand for a release was so high--this is a track that stands out in its own right as a future anthem.

Ping Pong is out now as a Beatport Exclusive.
Armin van Buuren - Ping Pong (Original Mix) [Armada]
Mar 18

Armin & Rayel Team Up For ‘EIFORYA’

As far as interesting titles go, EIFORYA is certainly up there--almost a description of the track itself--like a distorted version of "euphoria" with a quirky edge. The brainchild of two of trance's biggest stars, this is the debut collaboration between Andrew Rayel and Armin van Buuren (pictured).

EIFORYA is big room trance Armada style. It's tricky to describe, but it's quite a specific flavour of trance the Dutch powerhouse seems to have carved a niche for. There's hints of traditional uplifting in the epic break and enormous lead synths, a throwback to traditional European hard trance with the raging sound design and stomping percussion, topped off with an overall layer of modern prog house and big room trance with the massive drops and intense production style. It's a signature approach that is instantly recognized and loved by a wide range of crowds--the perfect example of why Armin, his labels, and his young protégés such as Andrew Rayel continue to grow in popularity the world over.

EIFORYA is out now on Mainstage and is also due to appear on the upcoming ASOT 2014 compilation.
Armin Van Buuren & Andrew Rayel - EIFORYA (Original Mix) [Mainstage]
Mar 14

Hardwell & Armin Take Over Ushuaia Ibiza

Having spent two years at Privilege for his ASOT Ibiza parties, Armin van Buuren is moving to young upstart Ushuaia for the 2014 season.

It's a massive change of pace as the Ibiza Town venue is open-air--a rarity on the island--so parties start in the late afternoon and finish at midnight. It's a recipe that has proven very tempting for the man who knocked Armin off the top spot, as the world's new #1 DJ Hardwell has now confirmed the rumors that his I Am Hardwell brand will take over the venue every Tuesday throughout the season.

Opening in 2011, Ushuaia's concept is both clever and brave, but is clearly paying off. Privilege is officially the biggest club in the world, and like Amnesia (whose longstanding Cream night makes Thursday on Ibiza a trance extravaganza), both were open-air back in the '80s. If daytime clubbing is making a serious comeback on the island, there's no one better than Hardwell and Armin to prove it, making Ushuaia one of the most exciting venues on the island this summer.

I Am Hardwell starts on June 24, while ASOT Ibiza hits the island the same week on June 26.