The EDM nights at Belsonic have their good and bad sides; the good side being the lighting, Co2 cannons, fireworks, lazers etc. The bad part is that they generally attract a really young crowd which can be tough when you're trying to take social images of said crowd.
But they always sell well, so it's good to fill the venue, I just make sure I take the shots from far away!
Warming up the crowd before Martin Garrix were Justin Mylo and Don Diablo. Now, admittedly I had no idea who they were, they were lively and interacted with the crowd well. I was able to shoot Justin Mylo without any hassle but then was told I had to shoot from behind Don Diablo during his set. Generally I'll try and avoid the typical above the DJ's head, looking into the crowd. But I got lucky with the timing on this one:
Just before Martin Garrix came on stage, he was doing a meet and greet with competition winners, and I have to say that he came across as a nice, and grounded kind of guy. He happily madr conversation with the star-struck fans and posed for all the selfies they could manage.
A typical EDM gig at Belsonic will require come creative angles to capture the DJ at work. However, it was a pleasant surprise that Martin was positioned front and centre on the stage. This allowed the photographers to use the photo pit and get some closeups of the man himself.
Unfortunately I wasn't allowed on stage, so I made it through the crowd in one piece to the lighting tower, where I got a great view of the pyrotechnics and light show. It was another incredibly warm day and there was a nice contrast from the lighting of the stage to the blue skies above, with the sun just disappearing midway through his set. An unreal stage show, with regular Co2 and fireworks going off throughout the set.
But the real show was to come at the end of the last song; where a good 30-45 seconds of fireworks would go off from the top of the stage. Definitely worth the wait!