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We didn’t know what to expect.
It was a seemingly quiet Sunday night in downtown Beijing, with most people resting up and getting ready to start a full work week. Scattered groups of foreign and domestic tourists wandered around the outside area of The Place on Guanghua Lu, admiring the enormous TV screen that stretches the entire length of the promenade. It appeared to be any other night in China’s capital city.
Yet there was a small group of people who knew why Sunday, April 8th, was a special night. Despite almost no outside promotion or advertisements, people began to line up outside the doors of Spark Beijing, all of them bursting with energy, ready to welcome one of the world’s most celebrated DJ/producer.
Nick Van De Wall, better known by his stage-name Afrojack, landed in Beijing on the tail end of his first ever Asia tour which saw him making stops in Shanghai, Singapore, Kuala Lampur, Manila, and Bangkok. On a global scale, the Dutch producer has been on fire in the past two years, topping International Dance Charts and working alongside some of the biggest names in music including David Guetta, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. He has played at the biggest music festivals in the world, rocking crowds of more than 100,000 people. Right now, Afrojack is larger than life – and not just because of his massive frame or celebrity girlfriend – his music just can’t miss.
But this is Beijing, China – a sleepy city with an underdeveloped music scene. That is not to say that there is no music culture in Beijing, there certainly is, however when compared to the scenes in other countries, China’s dance music industry has yet to reach its full potential. It is rare that a DJ the caliber of Afrojack comes to visit Beijing, our city gets graced with top talent only once every month or two (think Avicii, Boys Noize, and Calvin Harris).
After this past Sunday, after seeing the energy almost explode inside of Spark Club – which, by the way, was an incredible host – it is safe to say that the scene in Beijing is burgeoning.
Check out some photos from the epic night below. Big up to Bobby Burns and especially Afrojack for bringing big track after big track, showing the dance floor no mercy. The man literally would not stop. I had to leave a tired, sweaty mess. And I loved it.
Another big thanks to Spark Beijing for their amazing set up and for being such quality hosts.
If you were there, we hope you had as much fun as we did. If you weren’t there, you missed a great party!
For more on Afrojack, please click here to visit his website.
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