Three months after tickets went on sale and the Saturday night show sold out within hours, Sensation — the Dutch dance party hitting North America for the first time at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center, October 26-27 — will announce its official lineup today, listed in full, and in order, below.
Friday, October 26:
Saturday, October 27:
“[With this lineup], I see a cohesive, progressive sound that sets the general feeling that we’re going for, and supports the brand that we’ve been so careful to introduce into the marketplace,” says Jason Miller, president of Live Nation New York.
That carefully crafted Sensation brand is built upon an overall experience — décor, dancers, and eye-popping special effects — not just talent. And it’s decidedly more adult than many EDM properties: Both Barclays Center dates are 21+, and Anheuser Busch is the lead sponsor.
As such, the line-up is less about star power and more about selecting DJs who get the clubbier, house-ier Sensation vibe — and are willing to play their role in a night that’s meant to build gradually and in proper dramatic structure: rising action, climax, denouement.
Both nights are centered around Fedde le Grand, one of the first hitmakers of the EDM era (“Put Your Hands Up For Detroit,” “Let Me Think About It”) and a Sensation regular.
“Fedde’s always our main guy,” says Duncan Stutterheim, co-founder and CEO of ID&T, the Netherlands-based producer of the event. “He’s played the most Sensations of all and really knows what we want. Fedde has a big-room sound but doesn’t crossover to the EDM sound, like an Afrojack or Skrillex. At those [big EDM] events, it doesn’t matter if you come in at 11 or 3 or 6, it’s always at full blast. We keep it a bit slower in the beginning and then build it up.”
Also on the bill is Sensation-created character Mr. White, who kicks off all Sensation events; Joris Voorn and 2000 and One, who usually play together, but will spin individually and on separate nights in New York; early 2000s favorites Mark Knight and Nic Fanciulli on closing duties; and native New Yorkers Dennis Ferrer and Danny Tenaglia, the latter of whom is a DJ-ing legend playing his first Sensation.
“I’m very proud of that,” says Stutterheim of the Tenaglia booking. “The man, the legend. When I was 20 I was queuing up to go to his events, and listening to all his sets from Ibiza to Miami. It’s special.”
“I’m happy to welcome the Sensation crew to my hometown of New York, and to be a part of such a spectacle,” Tenaglia told Billboard exclusively. “That said, we’re going to rock it like a proper club night.”