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Bal en Blanc 19 Preview


The much anticipated 19th edition of North America’s largest White Party, Bal en Blanc, is officially less than a month away. Some 15,000 EDM fans are anxiously counting down the final days before they get to put on their Sunday’s finest whites and dance the night away to the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Dubfire, and Nicole Moudaber, just to name a few. Not to mention, a live performance by Australian trance vocalist Emma Hewitt. As you can plainly see, Playground Productions have clearly outdone themselves this year with the DJ line-up. Guaranteed, the best bill Bal en Blanc has ever seen. It wouldn’t even be unreasonable to go as far as to say that it is quite possibly the best bill Montreal as a whole has ever seen! Either way, the stage has been set, the DJs have been booked, and stores are quickly selling out of white clothing. As is tradition, Bal en Blanc 19 is taking place over Easter weekend on March 31st starting at 9pm and running through noon the next day at Palais des Congres.

This year’s DJ line up is a great mix of Bal en Blanc veterans and new blood. Almost all of them are Top 100 DJs, and are either leaders or trendsetters in their respective genres of electronic music. Meet the entire Bal en Blanc DJ line up below, buy your ticket before it sells out, and be sure to check back later for our official review of the event!

armin-van-buurenARMIN VAN BUUREN [NL]
The #1 DJ in the world, the king of trance, Armin Van Buuren is making his 8th appearance at Bal en Blanc headlining the trance room. Armin first played the event back in 2003, with subsequent performances in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012. Making him one of DJs with the most Bal en Blanc performances under his belt. No stranger to white parties, Armin has always had a soft spot for Montreal and has been quoted numerous times saying that Bal en Blanc is one of his favourite events in the world. It’s what keeps bringing him back year after year!

markus-schulzMARKUS SCHULZ [DE]
This year will mark the 5th consecutive Bal en Blanc performance by Markus Schulz. The Coldharbour Recordings owner, and #13 DJ in the world, first played Bal en Blanc in 2009, and hasn’t missed one since! Markus’ signature deep, dark, and dirty trance sound, combined with his devastating big room reconstructions earned him instant approval in Montreal and a fan-base that continues to grow. With the release of this latest artist album ‘Scream’ in late 2012, Markus is on top of his game and ready to bring it once again to Bal en Blanc.

ferry-corstenFERRY CORSTEN [NL]
Making his first appearance in 2008, this year will mark Ferry Corsten’s 4th Bal en Blanc performance. The dutch trance DJ also played in 2010 and 2012. This year is destined to be his biggest Bal yet, as he is slotted to play a back-to-back set with Markus Schulz! Currently sitting at #22 on the Top 100 DJ list, Ferry entered the poll the first year of voting and has stayed there  ever since making him one the most successful trance DJs of all time. Coming off his latest artist album ‘WKND’ in 2012, Ferry shows no signs of slowing down in 2013!

cosmic-gateCOSMIC GATE [DE]
German trance superstar duo, Comic Gate (aka Nic Chagall and Bossi), will be making their 2nd appearance at Bal en Blanc since 2011. The boys are currently sitting at #39 on the Top 100 DJ poll.  With 4 artist albums, 28 singles, 46 remixes, 4 Back 2 Back mix-compilations, and over 1,000 international gigs under their belt, these trance veterans are the perfect example of “slow and steady wins the race”. After 10 years of working together, they were the highest-climbers on the 2009 Top 100 chart, and stayed in the top 25 the following year.

w&wW&W [NL]
Making their Bal en Blanc debut, Dutch duo W&W are one of the hottest names in trance. Although this will be their first Bal en Blanc, W&W is no stranger to playing in Montreal. Previous gigs has included Black & Blue and multiple appearance at Circus Afterhours. Currently sitting at #25 in the Top 100 DJ list,  W&W is hot of the release of their double-CD mix compilation ‘Mainstage 2012’ and continue to bang out exceptional releases  and chart-topping remixes for the biggest DJs in the world including Armin Van Buuren, Dash Berlin, and Cosmic Gate!

andrew-rayelANDREW RAYEL [MD]
Armin’s new 20 year old protege, Andrew Rayel of Moldova, is without a doubt the break-out trance producer sensation of 2012-2013. Making his DJ debut in Montreal at Bal en Blanc, Rayel will play alongside some of his biggest supporters; Armin, Ferry and W&W. Andrew, who is currently the #77 DJ, first captured Armin’s attention with his track ‘Aether’ which was dubbed ‘Tune of The Week’ on A State of Trance. He has been releasing tracks like ‘550 Senta’, ‘Aeon Of Revenge’, ‘How Do I Know’, and more on Armin’s Amada label ever since.

david-guettaDAVID GUETTA [FR]
Love him or hate him, French club house DJ David Guetta has spread electronic music like live fire across the world, propelling it into mainstream pop music in North America. The current #4 DJ in the world, Guetta dethroned Armin from the #1 spot in 2011, confirming that a new wave of dance music had arrived in a big way. Headlining the main room of this year’s Bal en Blanc, Guetta also played the event in 2010. Guetta is most famously known for his collaborations with international pop music stars like Kelly Rowland, Ne-Yo, The Black Eyed Peas and Akon.

calvin-harrisCALVIN HARRIS [UK]
Grammy Award winning UK commercial house producer/DJ Calvin Harris is making his Bal en Blanc debut this year. Currently at #31 on top Top 100, Calvin released his latest artist album ’18 Months’ in 2012 which featured the likes of Rihanna, Kelis, Ne-Yo, Florence Welch, Dizzee Rascal, Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah and Example. As one of the most in-demand DJs right now, Calvin has played the biggest events in the world including Creamfields and Coachella. Calvin has previously played events in Montreal at New City Gas, Tent Party, and Metropolis.

dubfireDUBFIRE [US]
Iranian-American house/techno legend, Dubfire, is making his 7th appearance at Bal en Blanc this year, although this is the first time he is playing as ‘Dubfire’. He first played Bal en Blanc as part of Deep Dish in 2000 alongside Danny Tenaglia and Peter Rauhofer. He made subsequent appearances at Bal en Blanc all as Deep Dish in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. Dubfire’s relationship with Montreal runs deep, with numerous gigs throughout the years at Stereo, and in recent years, a couple of performances at Piknic Electronik.

nicole-moudaberNICOLE MOUDABER [UK]
UK techno DJ, Nicole Moudaber, is making her 1st appearance at Bal en Blanc this year. After receiving massive support from the likes of Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, and Pete Tong, Nicole’s career quickly took flight. Montreal was quick to adopt her as their unofficial queen of techno. Over the past couple of years, Nicole has played numerous gigs at Stereo Nightclub, first opening for Carl Cox and Danny Tenaglia, and later playing marathon 7 hour sets until noon the next day! With the launch of her new label ‘Mood’, 2013 is gearing up to be a massive year.

peter-rauhoferPETER RAUHOFER [US]
US tribal house veteran/legend, PeterRauhofer, is one of the original Bal en Blanc DJs, having first played the 3rd edition in 1998, followed by performances in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, and 2007. This year will mark Peter’s 7th Bal en Blanc. Peter has remixed tracks for some of the biggest pop icons in the world including Madonna, Depech Mode, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Justine Timberlake, and Elton John, just to name a few. Ouside of Bal en Blanc, Peter has played too many gigs in Montreal to count, including Apollon, Stereo Nightclub, and Divers/Cité.

sultan-&-ned-shepardSULTAN & NED SHEPARD
Montreal natives, Sultan + Ned Shepard, are without a doubt two of the most successful DJs to hail from this city. The house music duo have played all over the world, but this will mark the first time they play Bal en Blanc. In 2011, they became one of the most in-demand remixers due to the success of their remixes of Kaskade’s ‘Fire In Your New Shoes’, Tiesto and Calvin Harris’ ‘Century’, and Morgan Page’s ‘Fight For You’. Sultan + Ned Shepard first built a name for themselves hosting Harem Nights at the famous Stereo Nightclub in Montreal.

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