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Behold the epic spectacle of A State Of Trance Malaysia

Armin van Buuren brought his touring arena epic A State Of Trance 650 to Kuala Lumpur last night for the second day of Future Music Festival Asia; a one-stage ten-hour all-trance spectacle that brought out more than 30,000 dedicated #trancefamily members.

KL was the seventh date on ASOT’s 2014 New Horizons tour, with the whole set up flying out the next morning for a date in Jakarta, but as van Buuren said to an adoring media scrum before his set, “Right now I’m in the rush hour of my life. I’d rather miss a few hours’ sleep and catch up on a plane somewhere than miss any of this.”

“If I want to be the number one again now I’d have to play full on electro-house because that’s more popular,” van Buuren continued, fielding a question about his DJ Mag ranking. “But I don’t want to. I’d rather follow my heart and support the sound I’ve always supported.”

The night kicked into gear with Australian MaRLo kicking out peak-time trance to the 6pm crowd, a big grin on his face the entire time, before a short break to give the punters an opportunity for evening prayer (bet you won’t see that at other festivals), and Armada young guns Omnia and Andrew Rayel getting techy and progressive. Veteran performer Markus Schulz smashed out an enormous set, but it was only warm-up for the man of the evening.

Armin’s set pulled out all the stops, from peak-time BPMs the whole way through to glitter cannons, fire jets, hypnotic visuals swarming over the entire spaceship-shaped stage-set and an insane crowd of tens of thousands having it large from the front to the furthest corners. No one envied Paul van Dyk having to follow that spectacle, but he did an admirable job, keeping the energy red-lining for another two hours; check out the full photo gallery below.