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Defqon.1 Weekend Festival is an annual music festival held in the Netherlands. In the past, it was also held in Chile and Australia. Founded in 2003 by festival organizer Q-dance, the festival plays mostly hardstyle and related genres such as hardcore, early and classic.
|Defqon.1 Weekend Festival|
|Genre||Electronic Dance music, hard dance, hardstyle, hardcore, hard house, Freestyle, hard trance, psychedelic trance, Hardtechno, Speedcore and Frenchcore|
|Dates||Netherlands (since 14 June 2003) |
Australia (19 September 2009-September 16, 2018)
Chile (12 December 2015 & 10 December 2016)
|Location(s)||Netherlands (since 14 June 2003) |
Australia (19 September 2009- 16 September 2018)
Chile (12 December 2015 & 10 December 2016)
|Years active||2003–Present (Netherlands)|
|Website||Defqon.1 Weekend Festival |
Defqon.1 Festival Australia
Defqon.1 Festival Chile
The festival was previously held in mid-June on Almeerderstrand in Almere. Since 2011, it is hosted on the event site next to Walibi Holland in Biddinghuizen. Since 2009, the event has also been hosted in Sydney in mid-September, at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. Until 2011 (2014 for the Australian edition) the festival ran for 12 hours, from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, and ended with a firework display. Since 2012, the festival was extended to three days. Since 2015, the Australian edition was extended to two days. Each edition also has an anthem, an official song that is played in conjunction with the festival. The festival is also livestreamed with video from the largest stages and audio for all the other stages through YouTube, and the Q-Dance website for people all around the world to tune into.
At the Dutch event the audience has grown to 65,000 visitors per day. In 2013, the Sydney event attracted 18,000 attendees. The same event saw the death of a male, around 20 drug overdoses and more than 80 arrested on drug charges.
On 17 September 2018, the New South Wales Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, announced her intention that Defqon.1 would not take place again, due to two deaths that took place at the 2018 festival. At this event seven hundred people sought medical assistance. Shane Rattenbury, the Greens leader in the ACT, has invited Defqon.1 to take place in Canberra where pill testing could be carried out after a successful trial with Groovin the Moo.
On 29 May 2019, Q-dance announced on its official Facebook profiles that Defqon.1 Australia, after a decade being held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre (Penrith), would be indefinitely suspended, since they were "unable to secure a suitable replacement venue for the event to take place [...]"
2020 did not see Defqon.1 held after the Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte declared that all events in the Netherlands were cancelled until September 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Defqon.1 was held virtually in 2021, with sets from participating performers streamed from the Defqon.1 website. The festival hopes to be in person in 2022.
|Year||Location||Anthem & Theme||Number of visitors*||Number of performers||Date|
|2003||Almere, Flevoland, The Netherlands||48||14 June|
|2005||Emergency Call (The Prophet)||85||18 June|
|2006||The Colour of the Harder Styles (Showtek)||103||17 June|
|2007||Get Wasted (Brennan Heart)||124||16 June|
|2008||Biological Insanity (Luna & Deepack)||119||14 June|
|2009||Almere, Flevoland, The Netherlands||Scrap Attack (Headhunterz)||30,000||104||13 June|
|Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia||Maximum Force (Zany)||52||19 September|
|2010||Almere, Flevoland, The Netherlands||No Time To Waste (Wildstylez)||40,000||115||12 June|
|Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia||Save Your Scrap for Victory (Headhunterz)||72||18 September|
|2011||Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands||Unite (Noisecontrollers)||127||25 June|
|Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia||Psychedelic Wasteland (Toneshifterz)||72||17 September|
|2012||Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands||World of Madness (Headhunterz, Wildstylez & Noisecontrollers)||55,000||21–23 June|
|Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia||True Rebel Freedom (Wildstylez)||15 September|
|2013||Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands||Weekend Warriors (Frontliner)||55,000||312||21–23 June|
|Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia||Scrap The System (Brennan Heart)||18,000||14 September|
|2014||Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands||Survival of the Fittest (Coone)||55,000||207||27–29 June|
|Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia||Unleash the Beast (Code Black)||20 September|
|2015||Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands||No Guts, No Glory (Ran-D)||60,000||250+||19–21 June|
|Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia||No Guts, No Glory (Frontliner, Dillytek & 360)||21,000||97||18–19 September|
|Centro de Eventos Munich, Santiago de Chile, Santiago Providence, Chile||Unleash The Beast (Wildstylez)||30,000||33||12 December|
|2016||Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands||Dragonblood (Bass Modulators)||100,000||24–26 June|
|Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia||Dragonblood (Toneshifterz, Code Black & Audiofreq)||25,000||17 September|
|Centro de Eventos Munich, Santiago de Chile, Santiago Providence, Chile||Dragonblood (Frontliner)||20,000||10 December|
|2017||Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands||Victory Forever (Frequencerz)||150,000||23–25 June|
|Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia||Eye of the Storm (D-Block and S-Te-Fan)||30,000||16 September|
|2018||Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands||Maximum Force (Project One)||185.000||226||22–24 June|
|Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia||Dedicated To The Core (Coone)||30,000||15 September|
|2019||Walibi Holland Evenemententerrein, Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, The Netherlands||One Tribe (Phuture Noize, Keltek, Sefa)||78,000 Unique visitors||235||28–30 June|
|2020||Primal Energy (D-Block & S-te-Fan)||-||-||Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, an @Home event took place.|
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- Emma Partridge (15 September 2013). "Man dies at Defqon.1 music festival". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
- Amy Dale; Nathan Klein; Alicia Wood; Simon Black (16 September 2013). "Dance party drug death victim James Munro pictured before the fatal Defqon. 1 festival". The Daily Telegraph. News Corp. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
- Kelly, Lidia (15 September 2018). "Two dead after suspected drug overdose at Sydney music festival". Reuters. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
'This is an unsafe event and I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure it never happens again,' she added.
- Megan Palin and Natalie Wolfe (17 September 2018). "Sydney music festival deaths: Two young people dead". news.com.au. News Pty. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
- Scott, Elise (8 October 2018). "Push for Defqon.1 to move to ACT, where pill testing is supported". ABC News. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
- Rota, Genevieve (30 May 2019). "Defqon.1 festival 'postponed indefinitely'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
- Defqon.1, Australia 2019 (29 May 2019). "Warriors, it is with great sadness to inform you that Defqon.1 Festival will not return to Australia this year". Facebook. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
- "Defqon.1 at Home 2021". Q-dance. Q-dance. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
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