Armin van Buuren gives it up for the ladies

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Following the A State Of Trance 500 celebrations last year, a vocal contingent from Armin van Buuren’s 3.8 million Facebook fans began to barrack for more female DJs on the ASOT line-ups. Being the man of the people (and savvy marketer) that he is, Armin has announced that the flagship event of the A State of Trance 550 world tour – to be held on March 31 2012 in Den Bosch, The Netherlands – will include a female-only stage. That includes all the tech crew as well as the DJs and vocalists performing. Armin is also using this as a platform to barrack for more women in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll.

“Women have a great taste in music and some can DJ pretty good,” quips the Dutch don in a somewhat shaky start to proceedings. “I’m still surprised that most of today’s dance music scene is ruled by men only and I’m not the only one sharing that opinion. It’s been a long time frustration that out of the 100 most popular DJs, only a few are female. And we all know there’s no atmosphere without women in the crowd! If you scare away the women, you can be pretty sure you’ll scare away the men as well.

“So I’ve decided to dedicate a whole stage to female DJs and artists only. Even the VJ, MC and stage-manager have to be female. You will see this will bring a special atmosphere. It would be a great thing if at least 15% of the DJ Mag Top 100 in 2013 are female!”

A cynic might argue that relegating all the female DJs to a ‘Pink’ branded arena rather than spreading them amongst the main stages is a pretty token move, but there you go. If you’re a trance devotee, the full line-up for ASOT550 in Den Bosch is the stuff dreams are made of – check it out below.

STATE OF BLUE
Aly & Fila
Armin van Buuren
Cosmic Gate
Ferry Corsten
John O’Callaghan
Gabriel & Dresden
Jochen Miller
Sied van Riel

STATE OF GREEN
Armin van Buuren
Arty
Gareth Emery
Giuseppe Ottaviani (Live)
Markus Schulz
Ørjan Nilsen
Super 8 & Tab
W&W

STATE OF YELLOW
Bobina
Kyau & Albert
Leon Bolier
Matt Darey
Protoculture
Ronski Speed
Stoneface & Terminal
Tritonal
Will Holland

STATE OF PINK
Claudia Cazacu
Kristina Sky
Lisa Lashes
Miss Nine
Nifra
Sophie Sugar
Vicky Devine
Vocalists:
Ana Criado
Aruna
Betsie Larkin
Emma Hewitt
Jaren
Jwaydan

STATE OF RED
Antillas
Dennis Sheperd
DNS Project
Jorn van Deynhoven
Mark Sixma
MaRLo
Sebastian Brandt
Setrise
The Blizzard

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