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Review: Extrema Outdoor 2014 (Eindhoven, Holland)

NERVO
by Max Kneefel
NERVO
by Delio Nijmeijer
Netsky
by Max Kneefel
Netsky
by Silas Pelsmaeker
Afrojack
by Xolali Joval
Outdoor Main Stage (Diamond Area)
by Silas Pelsmaeker

On July 12th, the 19th edition of Dutch festival Extrema Outdoor took place in Eindhoven.

With an audience of nearly 30.000 people and a line-up featuring artists like NERVO, Netsky, Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Dillon Francis, Tommy Trash, Baauer, Zeds Dead and Fedde Le Grand the festival can righteously call itself one of the bigger and more unique festivals Holland has to offer.

The XO organization does their best to get the biggest artists and most exclusive live shows to the festival every year. As a result the 5 main areas (Diamond, Quartz, Crystal, Emerald and Kryptonite) feature a diverse selection of electronic artists. Some of them will, in Holland, only preform at Extrema Outdoor this summer.

After getting a lot of requests to bring back the Techno genre to the festival, the XO organization decided to go with a full Techno stage in the Emerald area this year. Techno legends Jeff Mills, Len Faki, Ben sims and James Ruskin served the audience with waves of ecstatic beats.

Highlights of the festival were definitely the Australian NERVO twins, who not only looked incredible, but also made there set feel like an intense 1,5-hour journey with them as our captains. Netsky, who got the crowd jumping to hits like ‘Secret Agent‘, ‘Puppy‘ (featuring the live performance of Billy) and ‘Running Low‘ which was played as an encore and is a premise of what to expect of his upcoming album. Afrojack also deserves a mention as it is fantastic to see him preforming in his home country which he really seemed to enjoy (he said that multiple times during his set).

“We’re so happy to be back in Holland after three years. The festival is amazing. If possible, we would love to come back next year.”
- Liv (NERVO)

The festival ended with a spectacular light show with big balloons hovering over the crowd, an impressive 8.1 surround sound soundscape which was created by art collective ‘Rot8ion‘ especially for this event, a gigantic dancing light puppet (Dundu doll) and fireworks, all to the beats of Fedde Le Grand. A central part of the show was the relation between humans, nature and technology.

Next year the organization will go all out with the 20th edition of Extema Outdoor and I’m pretty sure that it will be one of the must-see events of the 2015 summer festival season.