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Backstage VIP at Ultra Japan 2015

Backstage VIP at Ultra Japan 2015

on Dec. 15, 2015 by

Exclusive backstage VIP access at the largest EDM festival in Japan, I was baffled when I received a last minute call since Ultra Japan 2015 was sold out months prior. It was an unforgettable experience and I am so happy to share this experience with you!

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  • What: Ultra Music Festival Japan
  • Who: Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Dash Berlin
  • Where: Odaiba Island, Tokyo [Map]
     
  • When: September 17, 18 & 19
  • Price: ¥13,000 Yen ($116 USD)
  • Tickets: Ultra Japan 2016
  • Notes: Take the subway to Funenokagakukan Station, toilet lines can be very long and speaking a little Japanese is recommended.
  • Related: Sensation Tokyo

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Ultra Japan had 40,000 attendees this year and featured DJ's like Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Zeds Dead, Dash Berlin and David Guetta to name a few.

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On an average Monday morning I received a call that I was welcome to pick up a backstage VIP wristband at Ultra Japan 2015 when the event was already underway.

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Mesmerized by the call, I jumped in the shower, got my GoPro and other camera gear ready and rushed to the subway station on-route to Odaiba Island.

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My heart dropped when they handed me the exclusive access at the VIP gate, surprisingly it was a mind job trying to find the backstage entrance points. After an hour of searching I came to the conclusion that I actually had access to literally the entire venue.

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I started my exploration adventure of the venue at the light booth where the light show guys were coordinating the effects on stage including the pyrotechnics.

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To get backstage I had to pass 6 high security check points to get to my friends, I also noticed a private Red Bull bar and private sushi bar for all the DJ's and people backstage.

In the process I met Dash Berlin, Zeds Dead and Alesso, and a whole bunch of other cool people.

It must have been one of the best times of my life being able to record such incredible video footage and I hope to be able to do it all over again at Ultra Japan 2016!

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