Thousands of Revelers Flock to Sydney for 11 Hours of Bizarre Dancing

Published September 17th, 2018 - 03:00 GMT
Rave dancing called hakken or gabbering is typically celebrated at the festival (Twitter)
Rave dancing called hakken or gabbering is typically celebrated at the festival (Twitter)

Tens of thousands of 'hardstyles' revellers flocked to Sydney's Defqon. 1 music festival for 11 hours of bizarre dancing dressed in colourful and quirky clothing.

The festival attracts electronic music and dance lovers from across the nation who come together to enjoy sets from world-class international DJs including Headhunterz.

Hosted in Penrith, western Sydney, the annual event kicked off at 10.30am on Saturday and attracted about 30,000 people.

Fashion is of upmost importance for attendees as comfortable festival-attire is imperative for successfully busting out the high-octane dance moves, known as 'hakken' in hardstyle circles.



The festival claims to celebrate creativity and freedom, encouraging visitors to dress as crazy as possible.

Photos from the event show attendees wearing minimal clothing as temperatures soared above 30C.

Men were often seen shirtless and wearing their favourite dancing sneakers.

Many women wore barely-there bikini tops and mini-shorts, by comparison.

The event wasn't without dress-ups as many festivalgoers rocked up as their favourite characters.

Whether it was the Bananas in Pyjamas or the Flintstones, Defqon 1 had creative ensembles covered.

Other attendees decorated their outfits with masks, galaxy tights and fluffy legwarmers.

Yakiboy, a health and fitness influencer who hit the headlines after declaring he was a 'Muslim Shia soldier', made an appearance at the festival and was happy to flex for the cameras.

Defqon 1 implements a 'no lad policy' which bans lad and lad clothing from being allowed into the event.

Nike Tuned 1's, known as TNs, are deemed acceptable for the event provided the person wearing them doesn't classify themselves as a 'lad'.

'You can wear your favourite dancing shoes and/or outfit, as long as you don’t classify as a LAD or gangs,' the Defqon 1 policy states.

The festival, founded by festival organiser Q-dance, first hit Australian shores in 2009.

The festival is also held in the Netherlands and was formerly held in Chile.

Rave dancing called hakken or gabbering is typically celebrated at the festival.

The dance involves small steps that quickly follow each other, to the rhythm of drums.


This article has been adapted from its original source.

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