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The Story

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Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006
Creating madness since 2006

#MADNESS
FOREVER

It was the year 2006 when two young pioneers laid the foundation for something that was destined to become a legacy. A close family for upcoming generations. A home for Hardstyle lovers. A collective of passionate people. A dream became reality.

So many memories in our mind, so many emotions in our heart. Within 15 years, we’ve achieved massive milestones. From a small group of die-hards to a huge community of dedicated ravers, all with the same passion: Hardstyle.

Enjoy this trip down memory lane. A sneak peek behind the scenes.
Dive deep into our history. Enjoy our story, and make it yours.
We are Musical Madness.

 

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The beginning

2006 - 2010

While Hardstyle was constantly gaining popularity in the Netherlands and underground raves turned into stadium events, electronic dance music was getting less and less notable in Germany. The end of an electronic era seemed to be in sight. This is why Musical Madness was destined to become a sanctuary for the last survivors of this electronic era. An idea was born: An ode to the past?

Back then, nights at Four Runners Club in Ludwigsburg transformed into events that felt like family gatherings. Being home, surrounded by friends. Everybody driven by the passion for music. Two areas. At first 50 visitors, then 100 visitors… 200 visitors… These are our origins.

Our ‘home’ was no more than an improvised bar, a cheap-ass sound system, something we called a toilet and camo-net all over the ceiling. All profits went straight into the club: a new sound system, new lights, new bar, and of course new wall paintings to keep that underground atmosphere: A new home for many generations to come.

The years 2010-2012

The year 2010 was one of the most exciting years for us: For the first time we got the chance to play outside our Four Runners Club playground. Some of the wildest nights in our history and the beginning of an adventure. The evolution began…

We had the urge to find new opportunities. Bigger and better ones, accompanied with bigger effects like lasers, co², you name it! Our first experience in a new venue is still fresh in our memory: Zapata Stuttgart. Bizarrely enough, we succeeded; 1,200 visitors. After the show big ambitions were raised; what worked this time will work again, we thought! A bigger venue felt like the next logical step: the heroic film studio in Ludwigsburg.… But things turned out differently. The weekend was a disaster due to terrible weather conditions. A bitter pill and an empty piggy bank. It felt like the end of our story…

"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"
"F#CK WE KILLED THE AMPS"

But a 2nd chance popped up, and we took it with both hands. Our event ‘Evolution’ – which went hand in hand with the evergreen Hardstyle track ‘Lose My Mind’ – gave us the positive vibe back. A night many of us will never forget; Hardstyle was back and here to stay.

In Halle02 in Heidelberg our journey continued: “ F*ck, we killed the amps” [Big quote animation?]- hectic times. Fortunately, helped by our loyal crew and the massive vibe we were back on track in no-time.

Hitting the road

2014 - 2015

Busy times…

With more than 25 shows in 2013, our hobby and passion slowly but surely became a profession. Busy times… But also expensive times. Earning a bit with one show just to spend it all on the next. But in return countless unforgettable nights, endless amounts of memories and overwhelming emotions.


For us it was clear that the synergy of the scene was unstoppable. And synergy means teamwork, so we searched for collaborations. These close partnerships with artists, suppliers and fans resulted in a touring concept for Germany that hasn’t been done before. We focused on bringing Hardstyle to new venues and cities, we felt like missionaries.


Docks Hamburg, Kesselhaus Berlin and Kesselhaus Augsburg. Touring in a bus, together with artists, our crew, our friends. Almost like rock stars: What an experience! As well as three successful and unforgettable nights. Each on its own. This needed a re-run, but, – yeah, you can already guess – of course bigger and better.

One shot left Madness XXL

After this period the Hardstyle scene became turbulent; artists left the scene and left gaps that got filled with sub-genres which almost turned into an anti-movement; Raw-style. Where this exploded in other parts of Europe, the German scene wasn’t ready for shifts like this.

We needed different solutions. Different types of events. At that time it felt we were – again – at a crossroads: We needed to again go ‘all in’. And maybe we took ‘all-in’ a bit too literally: What would happen if we put all big artists on one single event?  We had nothing left to lose and we now had the right venues on speed-dial. So, only one shot left. All or nothing. Madness XXL was born…

flyers

Stacking shows

With the first Madness XXL being a huge success, we proved that Hardstyle was alive and kickin’ in Germany. We finally found a winning formula that delivers that unique Madness vibe.
One sold out show after the other – and many new doors opened up for us: Different venues, new collaborations, the first festival hostings and our resident artists started touring throughout Germany. 2016 was definitely one for the books.

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Besides a full schedule with events it was also the year of the youngsters. With many new artists on the radar, the game was changing. Are these the new stars within the genre? The young ones! It has been a very inspiring year as diversity took over and musical boundaries were broken. What contributed to this was a memorable weekend that took place on the famous Nürburgring, as we were honored to host our own area on New Horizons Festival. The Hardstyle scene, united as one again.

Bus tours

Comeback show

Beach event

Dozens of clubshows

Raw invasion

XXL 10 years anniversary

11.000 fan indoorshow

Multiple outdoor hostings

Welcome to
the worst-case scenario

Fast-forward to what promised to be a massive year. But that turned out to be the opposite. Within a couple of months our bulging agenda turned into a blank page. Even though we were still able to shake up Mannheim in January, the pandemic put a stop to this world: All shows cancelled or postponed!

 

 

Time to sit still? Never.
Time to wait and see? Never.
Time to throw our feet up on our desks? Never.
Time to re-shape our future? Yes.

 

This hard reset gave us the time to reshape our path. We found inner peace in this quiet time and translated this into a new future. New shows that will soon provide new chapters to this story.

We can’t wait to resurrect! The future is now!
To be continued…

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