QLIMAX: The Nature of Our Mind
Genre: Jumpstyle, Hardstyle, Hardcore, Elektronisch
Artists: Isaac, A-Lusion, Davide Sonar, Brennan Heart, Technoboy, D-Block & S-te-Fan, Headhunterz, Noisecontrollers, Deepack, Noize Suppressor
Qlimax is an annual event held by the Dutch entertainment enterprise, Q-Dance. It is considered one of the leading hardstyle events on the calendar and a major attraction of Q-Dance and contains some of the most sophisticated production and setup for any event.
In the beginning, Qlimax used to have several editions every year. But since 2004, it was changed to be held annually in the third or fourth week of November. At first it was held at the Beursgebouw (Eindhoven) and then moved to various other venues such as the SilverDome (Zoetermeer), Heineken Music Hall (Amsterdam) but has made it's home at the Gelredome (Arnhem).
Many artists consider being chosen to play at Qlimax a highlight as the event is used to showcase the most successful artists in their respective genre. The beginning saw the lineup featuring genres ranging from hardhouse to techno. This was changed to traditionally begin with one hardtrance act, one jumpstyle act, numerous hardstyle acts and then finish off with one hardcore/gabber act. This was changed in 2008 with the removal of the jumpstyle act and in 2009 with the replacement of the hardtrance act to one playing early hardstyle.