My first time: Korsakov
If you talk about fierce parties with even more fierce line up nowadays, you can’t avoid Korsakov. Besides extraordinary bookings, the event crew behind the project, meanwhile also with label (Korsakov Music) and agency (Korsakov Agency), promises an unforgettable experience with top notch production and unusual decoration concepts. Most recently on 3rd May, for example, with an Asian look on three floors.
Actually the trip wasn’t under a good star because the last time I wanted to go to the Netherlands with my partybud (big up Tai) our car stopped shortly before FFM. Fortunately we didn’t have this problem this time because our driver had cancelled two weeks before and we had to switch to train connections. 70€ per nose to Rotterdam and back is also a good shout! In Bonn an acquaintance joined us and after about five hours we eventually arrived in Venlo. Unfortunately we were permitted to take a train later because our planned connection, for whatever reason, #language barrier, was cancelled. Finally we arrived a hour later in Rotterdam.
After an obligatory coffee shop visit we went by tram to the event location. On the way there, as in Eindhoven, we immediately noticed the relevant visitors. Be it through label shirts or DnB that sounded from Bluetooth boxes. All this definitely raised our spirits to immeasurable proportions. Arrived at the Maassilo I separated from my friends to go through the separate VIP entrance. Not even two minutes later I stood in the middle of the turmoil with a timetable booklet and had to find the lockers. But it was all quite easy to find because it was signposted. Big plus! Five euro plus another five deposit for safe storage of your stuff I think is really cool. Afterwards I exchanged ten bucks against tokens. The system is also the only thing I had not liked that muuuch. You get four tokens for 10 and a water costs two of these.
After we had equipped ourselves we also went to explore the floors. Starting with the ‘smallest’ one, Area 3, on which Makoto surprisingly launched a few crushers. However, I was aware that I would rather spend more time in Area 1 or 2 since the gentlemen Spor (!), Dieselboy, Phace, Misanthrop and Ed Rush & Optical were on my checklist. Fortunately the Timetable was designed so that I could enjoy all sets in full. But no matter which direction you like DnB, Korsakov is the place for you.
How they went production-wise was really something to be proud of. Laser, light, sound, everything was on point. From my side there are no real complaints except maybe the usual nagging like ‘when standing in the middle of the floor the lasers crush you’. But that’s a high level of complaining. What particularly excited me was the Asian-oriented decoration. For example, the main stage of the main floor was equipped with three Chinese dragons and generally there was plenty of bamboo, lanterns and all kinds of matching objects to be found.
All in all, a Korsakov event is definitely a recommendation of the heart! I’ll be back in November at the latest, Korsakov Weekender incoming!
Korsakov Website • facebook • SoundCloud Club: Maassilo (Website)