Defqon.1 Festival 2019 was a much-discussed edition: “Highest number of visitors in the history of Defqon.1”

Nina van Zelst
By Nina van Zelst

Defqon.1 Festival 2019 has unfortunately came to an end a few days ago, but it is becoming more and more clear what a grand edition ‘One Tribe’ was: the highest number of visitors in the history of Defqon.1, a striking number of complaints but little arrests, and a record number of livestream viewers. This was Defqon.1 Festival 2019 – One Tribe in the Dutch newspapers. 

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With 78,000 visitors coming from over 110 (!) different countries, this edition of Defqon.1 Festival will enter the books as the bustiest edition of the well-known festival, according to the AD. Also lovers of harder styles who couldn’t be there, gathered in large numbers to watch the livestream: within 52 hours, Q-dance registered over 5,5 million (!) viewer sessions, which ensures the record of last year has been broken once again.

The Drontenaar (municipality of Biddinghuizen) explains there was a remarkable number of complaints, but very little arrests during Defqon.1. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 the amount of arrests continued to be over 100, but in the meantime in 2019 this has been reduced to only 31. Even though a lot of phones have been stolen during the festival, a part of these are already being returned to their owners.

“In a ‘city’ of 65,000 inhabitants, there’s always something going on”

The complaints about Defqon.1 Festival were mainly about noise pollution: the OFGV (Omgevingsdienst Flevoland, Gooi en Vechtstreek) received 90 complaints during the event, and afterwards more complaints kept coming in. Nevertheless, mayor Jean Paul Gebben is very happy about this edition: “In a ‘city’ of 65,000 inhabitants, there’s always something going on. But the organisation was very professional and acted on the extreme hot weather.”

Footage via Facebook-page Defqon.1 

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