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Friday, April 11, 2008


DJ Tiësto to entrance ageHa

Staff writer

For those still in the mood for dancing after the Nagisa Music Festival closes its gates Saturday in Odaiba, the massive nightclub ageHa in Shinkiba, Koto Ward, will sport the biggest ticket in Tokyo clubland just a short train ride away.

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Legendary DJ Tiësto at a recent gargantuan gig

In town for his Elements of Life tour, Dutch DJ Tiësto be spinning for what ageHa says is one of its biggest parties of the year.

Tiësto combines trance, eurobeat and pop, and while the underground dance scene may have an issue with a sound often labeled cheesy, nobody can argue with Tiësto resume.

As well as being the only DJ to perform at an Olympic ceremony, having opened the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, he is also the first to have single-handedly filled a stadium for a dance event, when 25,000 packed into the Gelredome in the Netherlands in May 2003. His popularity also led to Tiësto winning DJ Magazine's "best DJ in the world" award for three consecutive years, starting in 2002.

The 39-year-old will be in town promoting his new Grammy-nominated "Elements of Life" album, which is advertised as being inspired by "earth, wind, water and fire" but seems to be inspired more by corn, the type of trance popularized by British club Gatecrasher in the late 1990s, and string samples from blockbuster movies like "Lord of the Rings."

Still, that's probably the sound a soldout crowd at ageHa will be looking for on the night — 1,000 tickets will be available at the door.

Two top Japanese DJs join Tiësto on the night: Ta-Ka of Mother Records Japan and Yoda from local label Horizon.

Elements of Life starts at 11 p.m. and tickets are ¥6,000. The club is a short walk from Shinkiba Station on the Rinkai and Yurikamome lines. Complete information can be found at www.ageha.com

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