Armin van Buuren sells out New York’s Madison Square Garden
Now for some conclusive proof that trance sells. Within an hour of going on sale last night, all tickets were gone for the New York City leg of the A State Of Trance 600 tour. Over 12,000 Armin van Buuren acolytes will fill the iconic venue on Saturday 30 March, with the live broadcast going out on the ASOT radio show. Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, W&W and Alex M.O.R.P.H. are set to join the headliner. “To be honest, I was surprised,” Armin told Billboard. “It’s a huge risk. I hoped it would sell out, but it was kind of an all-or-nothing thing, you know?” The sold-out show follows the lead of the Swedish House Mafia, who also packed out the venue in 2011 (they’ll also be back there this March on the One Last Tour itinerary).
The world tour will be swinging close to Australia, with ASOT 600 taking over the first night of Future Music Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Armin and co. will headline Friday 15 March, while The Prodigy, Feed Me, Bloc Party, Kill The Noise and more lead the next night. Super-fans might want to start investigating flights. Two arena line-ups have been locked in for the grand finale in the enormous Brabanthallen of Den Bosch, The Netherlands. One of those stages is coined ‘Who’s Afraid Of 138?’, with an emphasis on the “harder, faster” side of trance. Armin will play a slot there, alongside Aly & Fila, Arctic Moon, Bryan Kearney, Indecent Noise, James Dymond, John Askew and John O’Callaghan.
Armin has also been finishing off his follow-up to 2010’s Mirage album. The pop-trance route of that album – which saw him collaborating with songwriter Guy Chambers, responsible for penning hits for the likes of Robbie Williams – proved divisive with fans. In a 2012 DJ Mag interview, Armin revealed the follow-up is about 70-percent done, with a projected release date of May 2013. “I’m really curious how my fans are going to react because it’s very different,” he told DJ Mag. “There are a few more safe tracks, and I’ve been road-testing a few of the more trance-y tracks off the new album, but making an artist album always allows you to experiment a little bit more.”