Viva la techno: Awakenings reveals 2013 line-up

If you’re a techno devotee, you’ve probably marvelled already at Awakenings. The festival happens each summer at an expansive site in Spaarnwoude, 20 kilometres outside of Amsterdam, with two open-air main arenas and at least seven smaller stages. On 29 June 2013, another elite line-up will gather for a full-throttle day and night. The mind-boggling thing about the party (apart from its long line-up) is how condensed it is: 11am to 11pm, one day only. Understandably, fans have barracked for it to be spread across a whole weekend, but in 2013 it remains just 12 hours of power.

The sound of Awakenings is resolutely techno and house, from the hard-edged to the deep and atmospheric. The 2013 line-up features selectors like Adam Beyer (the only DJ to have played all 13 editions of the festival), Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, Len Faki, a Ben Klock & Marcel Dettmann team-up, James Holden and Sven Vath alongside live acts Modeselektor, Miss Kittin, Max Cooper, Ben Sims, Extrawelt, Gui Boratto and Fritz Kalkbrenner.

For those of us who like to live vicariously, the festival creates some high-quality post-event video content, and you can find some 2012 highlights after the line-up list. For an example of how the set times run, last year the Area Y stage presented a dream run of scene heavweights: The Wizard himself Jeff Mills, Luke Slater presenting Planetary Assault Systems, Rotterdam icon Speedy J and finally to close it out, Awakenings pro Chris Liebing.

Awakenings 2013 line-up:

Abstract Division

Adam Beyer

Alan Fitzpatrick

Awanto3 (live)

Bart Skils

Ben Klock & Marcel Dettmann

Ben Sims (live)



Carl Cox

Dave Clarke

DJ Koze

DJ Rush

Extrawelt (live)

Fatima Hajji

Fritz Kalkbrenner (live)

Gaiser (live)

Green Velvet

Gui Boratto (live)

Ida Engberg

Ivan Smagghe

James Holden

Jasper Wolff & Maarten Mittendorff

Jeroen Search

Jeff Mills

Joran van Pol

Joris Voorn

Joseph Capriati

Keinemusik (Adam Port, &ME, Rampa, David Mayer)

Kevin Arnemann

Len Faki

Loco Dice

Manic Brothers (Drumcode)

Mathias Kaden

Marco Carola

Max Cooper (live)


Mirella Kroes

Miss Kittin (live)

Modeselektor (live)

Nicole Moudaber

Nina Kraviz


O.B.I. & ViperXXL

Oliver Koletzki

Oscar Mulero & Reeko


PET Trio (Pet Duo & Miss Djax)

Peter Van Hoesen

Pink Noise (Fernanda Martins & Candy Cox)

Some Chemistry & La Vondí¨l & ME.N.U. (live)

Speedy J

Sven Ví¤th

The Advent (live)

Tim Wolff & Invite

Trentemí¸ller (dj set)

Triple Religion (Arkus P, Boris S & Robert Natus) (live)

Underdogz (Lukas & Malke)

Vitalic (live)