Neon Future Rocks The Present

Posted on June 23, 2016

Words: Iain Thomson

Images: Tamara Sini

Steve Aoki is no stranger to working a large festival like crowd, so the news that he would be undertaking a series of events in the outdoor arena of Ushuaia Beach Hotel was not so much a major surprise as Christmas come early for fans of the enigmatic DJ. Neon Future is the name of the party and the artwork has a touch of the multi-coloured terminator about it. The anticipation has been building towards the opening and on Wednesday June 22 it all came to a head as Aoki was joined on stage by Marnik, Headhunterz and DJ Fresh.

Playa d’en Bossa is packed, it feels much later in the season than it actually is, the temperature is on the up matched by the expectation levels for the debut of Steve Aoki’s Neon Future for 2016. Ushuaia is busy early as Italian progressive house duo Marnik takes control of the booth first. Alessandro Martello and Emanuele Longo have put themselves on the radar of many of the top international DJs, with the demand for their talent on the rise, they have a very busy summer ahead of them. Not too busy to accept the invitation kick off Neon Future.

Ushuaia Aoki Opening
Ushuaia Aoki Opening

Ushuaia’s outdoor arena has witnessed numerous huge gatherings in recent years, the ability to party outdoors is hugely attractive and with many of the biggest festival headliners on the planet holding down residencies, clubbers travel from all over the world to join in the fun. DJ Fresh and the Headhunterz took the crowd from excited daytime vibe to chomping at the bit for the arrival of the main attraction Steve Aoki. Before the cake throwing, crowd surfing superstars can take control of the booth, DJ Fresh and Headhunterz work their respective magic, taking the crowd on a journey of big basslines, breakdowns and the odd explosions as the pace intensified and the arena swelled to capacity.

Ushuaia Aoki Opening
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Ushuaia Aoki Opening

Steve Aoki’s appearance behind the decks causes an instant roar of approval around the front of the Ushuaia crowd that slowly makes its way to the back as the rest of the crowd realize what is going on. Throbbing basslines, dynamic beats and break follow as he toys with the masses in front of him. As the night progresses, Steve Aoki takes to the mic, bantering with the crowd, throwing himself into the front rows at points before making it back to the booth in time. The giant cubes behind the booth spell out the headliners name as he controls the massive crowd with ease. It was a spectacular opening for what promises to be an exciting if shortish Neon Future residency.

Ushuaia Aoki Opening
Ushuaia Aoki Opening
Ushuaia Aoki Opening
Ushuaia Aoki Opening