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The Vinyl Word

By Olivia Wycech  /  Contributing Reporter

The Kaohsiung Arena will look something like this tomorrow night.

Photo Courtesy of theLOOP

European party circuit Sensation will appear in Kaohsiung this weekend to host one of the world’s biggest raves for 15,000 revelers. It’s the show’s third and final stop for its debut Asian tour.

The sold-out event promises to transform Kaohsiung Arena (高雄巨蛋) into an ocean of white, with a mandatory all-white dress code, larger-than-life decorations and an elaborate stage all designed with an oceanic theme. Looking at photos from past events, however, Sensation seems more of a circus than a rave.

The Sensation Web site describes the event as a “world of nocturnal sea life with acrobats shooting over the ceiling, giant jellyfish hovering above the dance floor and DJs that guide you through the uncharted waters of mesmerizing grooves and melodies.”

“There definitely is never-seen-before surprises at this event,” said David Hsia (夏天浩), co-founder of theLOOP and one of Sensation’s partners.

The event was announced last spring but the DJ line-up wasn’t released until recently, and musical aficionados will be delighted to know that the A-list DJ line up includes Fedde Le Grand, Sebastien Leger, 2000 and One, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Sensation resident Mr. White. But, Hsia said, the focus of the event remains on Sensation itself.

While house and techno music will energize the event, there is more in store than just dancing. “Every Sensation event has a special 20-minute show that is the spirit of the brand,” said Hsia. “During this period, there will be no DJ, and the music is pre-recorded in a mega-mix style so that every piece of equipment onsite will be choreographed according to the mix. It’s a truly spectacular show which people will never forget.”

Intrigued? Though sold out, tickets are popping up on Yahoo auctions and on Sensation White Facebook. Or, you can always try your luck with scalpers. Fortunately, there is always next year as Hsia says Sensation is expected to be an annual event.

Doors at K-Arena open at 9pm tomorrow night, only an hour before countdown. Instructions posted on the Sensation Facebook event will help partygoers avoid traffic and ensure there are no problems with entry or getting drinks. The event is expected to run until 5am. For more information, visit: www.sensation.com/taiwan

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