There are many reasons why rave music has been so enduring: the happy vibes, the togetherness, the iconic venues and, of course, the kickin’ tunes. One classic that’s blown many a mind in the last 19 years — yeah, you read that right — is Darude’s Sandstorm. Arguably one of the most recognisable and stonking dance anthems ever crafted, it’s been a floor-filling classic for millions across the globe. Now, just when you thought it couldn’t get any more epic, Classical Trancelations in Concert is bringing a hundred and fifty musicians together, including The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, to play it in a two-hour extravaganza of dance music classics. To get a tiny taster of what it’ll be like enjoy a few minutes from the 2016 concert.
Let there be house!
This year promises to be bigger and even more magical. Taking place this Saturday, the 29th September, at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena — tickets are available here — Classical Trancelations will be the biggest indoor electronic dance music event in Finnish history. Besides Sandstrom, the audience of thousands will be treated to anthems by legends such as Daft Punk, Moby, Fatboy Slim, Eric Prydz, Faithless, Tiësto, Robert Miles, Guru Josh and, of course, Darude.
And if that weren’t tantalizing enough, the soloists gracing the stage will include Saara Aalto, Reino Nordin, Kasmir, Paleface and Marianna, joined by saxophonists Jukka Perko and Tapani Rinne, and actor Sami Uotila. This fantastic ensemble of musical talent will be complemented by a light-show sure to take you on a journey you’ll never forget.
The 2016 Classical Translations in Concert achieved worldwide coverage, was nominated for the 2017 Innovation Award at the Classical:NEXT event and selected as one of the top 10 most moving events in Finland by the national broadcasting channel YLE. Helsingin Sanomat called it “A complete work of art” DJ Magazine said it was “simply stunning.”
Regardless of the awards it wins, this Saturday promises shivers and tingles and heart-pumping joy as thousands of people wallow in music and memories of partying into the early hours. If the thrill of dance music has been part of your story, this is a chapter you don’t want to miss. See you there — with your hands in the air.