Surrounded on three sides by the Amsterdam canals, Pacha Festival has got to be one of the most scenic house music events around. Spoilt with a killer line up including MK, Dennis Ferrer and Riva Starr it was set to be an exhilarating experience as the worlds best descend once again on the house music loving city of Amsterdam.
Upon arrival the sounds of Defected man Franky Rizado were nicely warming the crowd from the main Pure Pacha stage. MK soon arrived to deliver an hour and a half of true Marc Kinchen magic to go hand in hand with the blue skies and buzz around the sea of music lovers. Bringing both the heavier grooves alongside commercial vocals from countless hits it proved to be the perfect set for an afternoon groove.
As the main stage headed towards a more progressive and heavier sound with the likes of Sander Kleinenberg vs Audio Bullys and Bingo Players closing the night it was time to check out the two other venues; Insane and Deep Open Air. American producer DJ Riva Starr delivered a flawless set, bringing in the crowd with a selection of raw and grooving house along with a handful of new material set to take the summer season by storm.
Insane played host to Objektivitys main man Dennis Ferrer, throwing in a number of label releases and original work the American kept the crowd captivated by the talent before them. Drawing the night to a close we headed back to Deep Open Air where a dream duo were tearing it up as Roger Sanchez invited Bontan to join the S-man on stage for a killer session of pumping house, tech and bass line creations.
As the festival is coming to a close I manage to search out the last remaining Techno treats on offer from the shining star and Terminal M label owner, Monika Kruse. There’s a reason she is so in demand and on the lineup of all the biggest shows in the world at the moment; and that’s because this lady knows her stuff. Her vast array of tracks in the half an hour I am lucky to witness seem to leave the same lasting impression on everybody else judging my the widespread appreciation.
Pacha Festival has duly delivered for another year and Amsterdam, as it so often does, has delivered again. Bring on festival season!