A property of Twisted Entertainment and Universal Music Group, Enchanted Valley Carnival returned for its 5th edition on December 16 and 17. With a new home this year, everybody's favorite festival took place at the NESCO Centre in Mumbai. Due to reasons completely out of the organizer's control, the party had to be moved from Aamby Valley to the city. While we miss the lovely vibe of Aamby, we must say, EVC Mumbai was still very much a top-notch experience. Headlining the two-day concert was trance legend, Armin van Buuren, and Bollywood favorite, Arijit Singh.
DAY ONE: ELECTRONIC FAMILY
Armin van Buuren
Ruben de Ronde
The Electronic Family stage hosted the biggest names in trance and then some. It kicked off at 3 PM, with local talents Snow Flakes and Get Massive. The tempo increased steadily with sets by Ruben de Ronde, Rodg, MaRLo, and Markus Schulz. It was now time for Armin to take over for 2 hours, making it the longest set of the day. Even then, it felt like it ended too soon, because how can one ever get enough of Armin? Respect to the man who sticks to his roots and stays faithful to his sound. He played a few of his older tracks, getting everyone nostalgic. He also played a track where he "tested" each technical aspect of the production. Armin always comes up with a way to surprise the crowd. He culminated with a very special track called 'Christmas Days', which he released earlier this month, making sure we left with the warm spirit of Xmas in our hearts. For those who wanted more, the afterparty at Vortex went on till the after hours, with some of the trance stars returning to the console.
DAY 2: COSMOS STAGE
The Cosmos Stage, too, was lit. Unlike the previous day, which was purely trance, Day 2 saw the audience experience a spectrum of sounds. Right from the lovely vocals of Shirley Setia to the bass-jacking sounds of Robin Schulz, who received positive acclaim on his debut India gig, there was something for everyone. Robin not only played his latest productions that he's known for, but even his earlier classics. The highlight would have to be when he dropped an absolute swinger right from the 60s. After grooving us up, it was time for Nucleya to make us sweat with a power-packed set, as always. The storm was calmed by Arijit's soulful voice, where the audience sang along to all their favorite hits. It was quite an emotional spectacle. This was followed by a DJ set by DJ Chetas, where Shirley also hopped in to sing, much to the delight of the crowd.
The venue was massive – it was basically a giant black room with the AC on full blast, to make sure nobody suffered from the heat. With a capacity for thousands, the venue allowed the production team to go all out. The LEDs on the stage stretched far into the sides, effectively surrounding the crowd with stunning visuals.
Comio, being the title sponsor of the event, had an entertaining zone with an engaging brand experience. Additionally, the VIP Zone, Red Bull Zone, Absolut Bars, food court, token counters, washrooms, etc. were all set up strategically, with no issues of crowd control. The show's entry and exit, along with the box office, were all managed efficiently, with a smooth flow throughout for people and traffic alike. I wasn't hassled on either day of the fest. Kudos to all the teams who made this happen.
I already wonder what EVC has in store for us next year.
– Images sourced from EVC.