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Armin van Buuren gives it up for the ladies

Following the A State Of Trance 500 celebrations last year, a vocal contingent from Armin van Buuren’s 3.8 million Facebook fans began to barrack for more female DJs on the ASOT line-ups. Being the man of the people (and savvy marketer) that he is, Armin has announced that the flagship event of the A State of Trance 550 world tour – to be held on March 31 2012 in Den Bosch, The Netherlands – will include a female-only stage. That includes all the tech crew as well as the DJs and vocalists performing. Armin is also using this as a platform to barrack for more women in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll.

“Women have a great taste in music and some can DJ pretty good,” quips the Dutch don in a somewhat shaky start to proceedings. “I’m still surprised that most of today’s dance music scene is ruled by men only and I’m not the only one sharing that opinion. It’s been a long time frustration that out of the 100 most popular DJs, only a few are female. And we all know there’s no atmosphere without women in the crowd! If you scare away the women, you can be pretty sure you’ll scare away the men as well.

“So I’ve decided to dedicate a whole stage to female DJs and artists only. Even the VJ, MC and stage-manager have to be female. You will see this will bring a special atmosphere. It would be a great thing if at least 15% of the DJ Mag Top 100 in 2013 are female!”

A cynic might argue that relegating all the female DJs to a ‘Pink’ branded arena rather than spreading them amongst the main stages is a pretty token move, but there you go. If you’re a trance devotee, the full line-up for ASOT550 in Den Bosch is the stuff dreams are made of – check it out below.

STATE OF BLUE

Aly & Fila

Armin van Buuren

Cosmic Gate

Ferry Corsten

John O’Callaghan

Gabriel & Dresden

Jochen Miller

Sied van Riel

STATE OF GREEN

Armin van Buuren

Arty

Gareth Emery

Giuseppe Ottaviani (Live)

Markus Schulz

Ørjan Nilsen

Super 8 & Tab

W&W

STATE OF YELLOW

Bobina

Kyau & Albert

Leon Bolier

Matt Darey

Protoculture

Ronski Speed

Stoneface & Terminal

Tritonal

Will Holland

STATE OF PINK

Claudia Cazacu

Kristina Sky

Lisa Lashes

Miss Nine

Nifra

Sophie Sugar

Vicky Devine

Vocalists:

Ana Criado

Aruna

Betsie Larkin

Emma Hewitt

Jaren

Jwaydan

STATE OF RED

Antillas

Dennis Sheperd

DNS Project

Jorn van Deynhoven

Mark Sixma

MaRLo

Sebastian Brandt

Setrise

The Blizzard