18,000 people saluted Armin as he came on stage to a massive Lebanese welcome. From 9:30 pm the music kept lifting the people up. Armin Van Buuren is world famous for his trance music and is the number one DJ in the world.
He has created an ever increasing presence with the partnering of international stars like Nadia Ali and Sophie Ellis Bextor in his releases, and while Mix FM, the event organizers, had promised some surprises the crowd were delirious when Sophie, unannounced, took to the stage.
It was at this point that people realized the depth and diversity of this event, and that’s where the mood took an ever upward swing.
The Armin Only concert is an international tour and is only stopping in Lebanon in the Middle East.
The incredible number of international visitors was evident as people from as far away as Canada and Australia were drawn to this ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ concert, as well as a large fan base from the Netherlands and fans from around the region ( Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Kuweit, Qatar, Dubai, Turkey, Morroco)
Costumes and creativity in choreography were rampant and there were indoor skyrockets that had the crowd enthralled. The rhythm and energy that throbbed inside belied the situation outside. Here were thousands of Lebanese from every walk of life enjoying the power of music. Truly unified and truly happy. And words could not describe the roar of emotions when Armin waived the flag of Lebanon in a traditional tribute to the hosting nation.
During a post event interview with Armin, he said that, “he was proud to have been able to contribute to building the unity of Lebanon and found the Lebanese to be the warmest and friendliest people across the world”, he added that “This Armin only Mirage was the Best produced one with the most number of features and was amazed by the Lebanese Crowd once again !”.
The event was a 9 hour straight set played by Armin Van Buuren and included all his greatest hits, had a cast and crew of over 40 performers and hundreds of organizers. The event had been billed as the biggest music event ever to hit the Middle East, and by all accounts set the barrier extremely high for the future.