Cosmic Gate’s “20 Years Forward Ever Backward Never Tour” presented by AWAKE.
I recently headed to the iconic “Bootshaus” to catch one of the most influential trance duos who are now celebrating 20 years in the industry. Claus Terhoeven and Stefan Bossems known as “Cosmic Gate” have released multiple albums and have remixed even more tracks over their impressive career.
I have heard it so often this past years, but the ones that keep saying that “trance is dead” should have been at this massive event. Cosmic Gate called and the masses flocked towards the number 8 club in the world. Celebrating their “20 years: forward ever backwards never” tour. So many prestige locations all over the world they are blessing with their unique sound. We gut lucky enough that they brought so many high ranking DJ friends along, like Ilan Bluestone, Gareth Emery and Richard Durand.
The duo kicked off at midnight and performed for almost 2 and half hours providing high energy and a variety of trance tunes that kept the crowd dancing. They were set up next to the regular legendary Bootshaus DJ-booth. The stage there provided a better set up for their visuals, a projector behind them displayed different graphics throughout the show.
I think that for the fans it wasn’t about the production of their tour but about the music and it was more than enough to entertain them. The night felt like a mountain that we kept climbing, getting higher and higher with each song. These guys know how to put on a great show and keep it going for a long time. They played most of their greatest hits, and the crowd loved it.
While many other DJs have switched to a more mainstream base, Cosmic Gate remains true to their roots and focuses on building around that brand. Once you see them play in an area, they will not play in that same area for a while. Few artists in their field remain true to their trance beginning and it makes these shows so much more special and meaningful.
As a special treat for us they had invited the talented Emma Hewitt on stage. Which makes sense since they collaborated on so many tracks in the past. She entertained us with some of their greatest hits live. For me this was a special moment since you do not get a change to see her live that very often.
For his set, Gareth Emery did an impeccable job. You can definitely feel him connecting with the crowd as he transitioned from one song to the next. Since I haven’t seen him live before but really like his tracks, I was ready to see him perform live. There was no complaining from my side or the fans that stayed to watch him perform. He played my favorite tracks and you felt that he tried to connect with the fans. Always keeping an eye out at the crowd and always looking to surprise them with his next track. He is one of the few DJs and producers, where I can listen to his entire show front to back, without getting bored or tired. The musical variety was quite eclectic.
Overall it was a magical night. Most fans I spoke came to see “Cosmic Gate” but loved the progress during the night. We went from the purest trance in the early hours to the harder styles in the later ones. A great build up for any fan of this genre. It was great to see that so many people old and young still love Trance music. Mostly it is great to see so many younger faces among the crowd. Love shows that are not really about fireworks and lasers but about music. This night was such a night. So many people dancing and enjoying the music. Unbelievable that it is already 20 years ago Cosmic Gate blessed us with their first sounds. Their songs new or old are for some nostalgia’s sweet kiss which remains pure and real. I bow my head to everyone who has there this night to celebrate another milestone in trance history.
Hi Emma nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you to.
Thank you for your time and enjoy the rest of your tour. With “Cosmic Gate”
Thank you for having me.
Words By Thorsten Benders
Pics By Frank Schmid