THE ORIGINS OF HARDSTYLE
It was the year 2000. The hardcore genre had reached a commercial peak. The call for new sound was loud and clear.
On the 3rd of February 2001, the first edition of Qlimax took place in a sports center in Amsterdam. Later that month, the very first edition of Qlubtempo was held in the “Hemkade“ in Zaandam. It was the beginning of a new, fresh and hard sound that would grow to become one of the most important genres in the EDM industry.
The first editions of Qlubtempo were a mix between German, Italian and UK hard house records. A little rough at first, but it didn’t last very long until it developed into a complete new sound. In December of 2001, Q-dance sold out the 3rd edition of Qlimax in the Heineken Music Hall, being their first major hardstyle event.
After several successful editions of Qlubtempo and Qlimax, Q-dance registered the word hardstyle as their brand on the 4th of July 2002.
While Qlubtempo saw its last edition in 2003, Qlimax is still one of Q-dance’s most popular concepts and the biggest indoor hardstyle event in the world.