Huge international house music fest Sensation returns to Chile

Local DJs brush shoulders with Grammy nominees as this month’s Sensation 2013 festival promises to shake the foundation of Estación Mapocho.

Thousands of partygoers dressed in all white are set to descend on Santiago’s Estación Mapocho for Chile’s biggest house music festival April 13. Sensation, the Amsterdam founded festival that has spawned annual events in more than 20 countries worldwide, is returning to Chile for the sixth time and this year’s lineup is as strong as ever.

Staying true to the festival’s signature quirk, ticket holders must be dressed in all white, though shoes and accessories can be colored.

Six top DJ acts from Chile and abroad are set to whip a projected 20,000 music lovers into a frenzy for nine hours of hard partying starting 8 p.m. Saturday. Have a look at the line-up . . .

Felipe Villarroel

A stalwart of the country’s DJ scene, Chilean Felipe Villarroel’s main mission in life is to make people dance. Known for his incredibly energetic and rhythmic tracks, Villaroel’s set will be an ear-opening education in Chilean house for foreigners.

Nic Fanciulli

A DJ who needs no introduction to house fans, Grammy nominated producer Nic Fanciulli is one of the U.K.’s best loved electro exports of the last decade. Able to count U.N.K.L.E., Kylie Minogue, and Underworld as collaborators, Fanciulli is known for his intelligent and driven brand of house.

Mr. White

Sensation’s own resident, the enigmatic pale-faced performer has been playing Sensation gigs the world over for many years now, his varied blend of sounds reflecting the festival’s international reach.

Deniz Koyu

Hailing from Turkey, Deniz Koyu was labeled as a DJ to watch by MTV last year. His progressive and electro house tunes have received acclaim from many of the world’s top DJs, including Avicii and Swedish House Mafia.

An21 & Max Vangeli

Antoine Josefsson, little brother of Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello, is all grown up. Under the stage name An21, Josefsson’s authentic peaktime anthems have helped drive the recent global house explosion. He’ll be teamed up with San Francisco’s Max Vangeli, a hotshot named by MTV as one of the most promising young talents in house music in 2011.

Daniel Sanchez & Juan Sanchez

Veterans of Sensation festivals worldwide, the Dutch born Sanchez brothers have successful solo careers, though when these mainstays of Amsterdam’s underground house scene work the decks together something truly special happens.

Tickets are currently on sale and start at US$ 105 (CLP 50,000).