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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Heineken Thirst 2013

There's only less than two weeks before we bid goodbye to 2013. Last weekend, I concluded the last rave party of the year at the Heineken Thirst held at the Sepang International Circuit, an usual venue for most of the prominent raves in Malaysia. My first proper taste of a rave was at Heineken Thirst exactly a year ago featuring the likes of Above & Beyond and Avicii.

I had so much fun and had never looked back since, constantly keeping an eye on the next DJ line up due to perform in Malaysia. Thanks to Heineken, Thirst was back again to end 2013 with a bang.

This year, Thirst has brought some of the great house DJs of current times for us Malaysians ravers featuring Australian female duo Nervo, Afrojack, the upcoming teenage DJ sensation Madeon, R3hab, Dutch trance and big room progressive electro house DJ W&W and French DJ David Guetta.

What really triggered me to purchase the early bird tickets immediately was the announcement of W&W in the lineup. Having miss edtheir awesome set during ASOT600 due to traffic congestion was a huge disappointment for me so when I heard that they're coming back, there was no need to think twice anymore.

Fast forward to the day itself, we arrived just in time to see Nervo on the decks entertaining us with their big room house set. It was their first time performing in Malaysia and they gave us ravers their best. There were two stages and the set times were a little off the schedule so we had no choice but to give the teenage DJ sensation, Madeon, a skip unfortunately. Nervo's set was followed by the Thirst Green Moment where multi-level visuals, choreographed lasers and pyrotechnics set to a specially commissioned music track sent the crowd cheering hard.

Afrojack took over and started his set with an epic intro. Despite the epic intro, the set didn't do enough to make us stay that long. Perhaps it was Ben, who wanted to catch R3hab at the Star Arena, who made the us move and triggered the rest to follow suit. Most of us aren't a big fan of David Guetta anyway. R3hab gave the smaller but still very enthusiastic crowd a lot of reason to jump and rave with his energetic set. Then came a pleasant surprise to lift the crowd even further:

Nervo "set-jacked" R3hab to join the crowd and party from the decks.

The moment that we were waiting all night for and the main reason that brought us there that night: W&W.

Willem and Ward played their 2012 big hit Thunder to open their set which sent the crowd absolutely crazy. Their 1.5 hours long crowd lifting big room music includes some of the biggest tracks they've produced in recent years such as The Code, D# Fat, their bootleg of Armin's famous This is What It Feels Like, Lift Off and Jumper. Martin Garrix's Animal(which was played by almost every DJ that night), Zedd's Clarity was also played and I was caught by surprised by their remix of Avicii's latest top hit Wake me Up.

In short, the experience can be summarized in one word: AWESOME!

And it wouldn't be the same without the awesome company:

One of them, Kar Mern, came all the way back from Singapore just for Thirst. 

 It was my girlfriend's first rave as well. Her verdict: She loved it! 

2011 saw Tiesto performing in Thirst. It was Avicii 2012 and this year David Guetta. Who next, I wonder? Could it Hardwell? *hunting hard* ;)

What a great rave to end 2013! Looking forward to more in 2014!

Know your guest blogger:
Gary aka Ken is a long time friend of mine who I know from the blogspere. Although he has not blog too much recently, this jolly guy never missed any chance to party. Amateur photographer that can easily impresses you with his landscape.

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