One of the biggest-ever label showcase brands is coming to New York, SHÈN from the acclaimed progressive house and melodic techno megastar Franky Wah. The widely popular Ibiza residency party is heading to the Knockdown Center for a historical night on April 28. A carefully curated line-up of friends and peers is to come and tickets are now available.
Franky Wah has become one of the most visible breakout artists in the world over the last few years. He's played epic shows everywhere from Factory Town with Carl Cox to Printworks with Afterlife and has served up plenty of fresh tunes on Eric Prydz’s PRYDA Presents, Anjunadeep, and Sasha’s Last Night On Earth.
The last year, he launched his famed imprint SHÈN Recordings which led him to expand is even greater lengths to create an immersive showcase of his singular sounds. Followed by a featured thirty-track album entitled ‘This is SHÈN’ in collaboration with progressive legend Sasha and Lunar June. SHÈN is a Chinese term that refers to heaven and the human spirit. Those spine-tingling, significant vibes are what Franky captures in the music he is now playing and releasing, casting real spells on all who hear it.
The highly anticipated showcase brought by global party producers, Gray Area will be expected to be a deep and mesmeric event. Exposing the full sound and imagination from Franky Wah bellowing through the 50.000 square-foot building. Loaded with cutting-edge light, sounds, and audio-visual installations to make it an unforgettable one-off party in a truly unique space. Gray Area's two previous parties with Franky Wah sold out in advance and this one, the largest ever, will do too - so move quickly to secure your place on the dance floor.
"My first sold-out headline US show was in New York so it felt only right to bring the first SHÈN US showcase back to the city. I feel such a connection to New York and the people here that have welcomed me and my music so it’s an honour to be able to curate this SHÈN showcase right where my US journey began.” - Franky Wah
Paul van Dyk is one of the leading legends in Trance, for decades his name was up in neon lights performing at iconic nightclubs and festivals. Recently, he announced his new VENTURE X live event concept which launches in North America this February 2023.
He famously feeds off his fans and the crowd, conducting in unison like the famous maestro he became to be. Shifting gears in a different direction with new elements and craft that were itchy to be unleashed. An entirely new context, focusing on embracing the unexpected. VENTURE X is an exciting new concept where the master DJ and curator sources from the finest trance, progressive house, and techno music available and brings it all together during one incredible evening. Completely unique in sight and sound, once entering VENTURE X the mind and body will turn into a force of nature like none other. This is the mission behind Paul van Dyk.
“VENTURE X allows me to explore the width of what electronic music means to me, not just what people expect me to play. It allows me the space to play what I think people should really know, feel, and be exposed to. People know me for trance but there is so much more. VENTURE X allows me to do this as a musical concept because I won’t play 130 BPM straight through but rather a wider musical experience. With most DJ sets I find you either have techno but missing the progressive sequence that takes you on a journey or you have a progressive sound that’s missing the punch. For me, that’s what it’s about, the drive, the push, the pull, and the memories that you create.” - Paul van Dyk
The VENTURE X North American tour is in full motion, stopping acrossing the nation and Canada in cities including New York City, Montreal, Pontiac, Denver, Portland, San Francisco, and Austin. See the full tour dates below.
Feb 17 - Toybox - Toronto, ON
Feb 18 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
Feb 24 - New City Gas - Montreal, QC
Feb 25 - Elektricity - Pontiac, MI
Mar 3 - Church Nightclub - Denver, CO
Mar 10 - Public Works - San Francisco, CA
Mar 11 - Superstition - Austin, TX