Australia targeted for Mysteryland expansion?

Last week at a special media event at the Wythe Hotel in New York, inthemix heard Dutch powerhouse ID&T announce the stops for the first U.S. Sensation tour. However, the presentation had an added glimmer of hope for Australia, too.

Four years ago, rumours surfaced that ID&T’s Duncan Stutterheim was scouting locations along the East Coast for an Australian incarnation of the long-running Dutch festival Mysteryland. During the presentation last week, Australia was marked on a Mysteryland map (the ‘M’ looked close to Sydney). The slide also pointed to a 2014 stop in America at an ‘historic’ site in the New York area. So is Mysteryland coming to Australia? We’ll have to wait and see, because all involved are remaining tight-lipped for the time being.

Mysteryland is an icon of the Dutch festival calendar, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013 with a stacked line-up headed by Steve Aoki, Steve Angello, Fedde Le Grand and Headhunterz. As ID&T announced, part of Mysteryland’s appeal is taking over “the most beautiful outdoor locations around the world”. That precedent has been set by Mysteryland Chile in the town of Mostazal, one of inthemix’s 15 Epic Festival Locations You Need To See.

Another standout spotting from the event was Australia listed as one of the ‘New Priorities’ for all-white spectacular Sensation alongside the likes of Tokyo, Shanghai, Goa and Mexico City, although we’re not on the 2013 world tour schedule. In the meantime, Sensation fanatics at this end of the world might want to plan a visit to Thailand for its Bangkok return.

Sensation was last in Australia for a two year run in 2009 and 2010, where it brought in the New Year at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium. While Sensation hasn’t been back to Australia since, ID&T have been busy bringing the long-running event around Europe, South America and now the U.S. with The Ocean Of White.

That same theme hit Australia for NYE ‘09. “In line with this year’s theme, ‘Ocean of White’, the main arena was aptly decked out in under the sea scenery and a 160-meter long stage embezzled in water fountains splitting the arena in two,” our reviewer wrote of the impressive set-up. “The spectacle was made even more impressive by the surrounding visual screens, laser shows, projection systems, a top class sound system and an endless sea of white.”