Around 55,000 visitors; tens of millions of viewers and listeners worldwide via the live stream; five different stages; amazing laser shows. Utrecht was briefly the international hub of trance music in early March. Royal Jaarbeurs had the honour of hosting the world’s biggest trance event: the 1000th edition of A State of Trance (ASOT), the show of Dutch pride and top DJ Armin van Buuren.
After two years of 'snoozing' due to corona, Jaarbeurs could once again safely host tens of thousands of trance music lovers during a spectacular weekend in the hall complex. Trance, according to the dictionary, is "a state of hypnosis and heightened consciousness". That heightened awareness was certainly noticeable in event manager Hidde Paauw and Jaarbeurs account manager Jasper Peeters, two spiders in the ASOT web. What’s it like to help make an event with such a huge international profile possible after two years of hibernation?