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Trance legend Andrew Rayel lights up Sarajevo (DMNW Review)

Although it might still be cold and rainy outside, there’s been no shortage of dance music shows in the PNW. Last Thursday, Sarajevo welcomed Andrew Rayel with enough energy and trance to keep the club dancing until its 2 am close. Read below for the full DMNW review.

Sarajevo sets up Andrew Rayel for success

From the moment the night started, the crowd’s excitement showed. Opening the night we had some very familiar faces with local talent. ALI-J got the party started with a very special birthday set! Following suit we had local legend Johnny Monsoon going B2B with WEB.

If you haven’t had the chance to visit this venue one thing is for sure, the production setup is STACKED. From the main LED wall on the stage to the light-up pillars, this venue draws you in. With the dance floor located directly in the center of the club perched between two elevated VIP sections, energy is one thing this place does not lack.

Andrew Rayel

Andrew Rayel is a trance scene staple that delivers high-energy, heart-pumping, melodic hits, one after another. The pairing between Sarajevo’s production and Andrew Rayel’s music and visuals was nothing but harmony. Harmony is something Rayel knows all about with his very own radio broadcast, Find Your Harmony, which announced its 300th episode event earlier this week. This event will include support from none other than Orjan Nilsen, Mark Sixma, and Robbie Seed.

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Reinventing A Familiar Space 

Sarajevo Lounge has been a staple of Seattle’s nightlife scene for several years. Although the club (like the overwhelming majority of nightlife businesses) took financial hits amid the pandemic shutdown, its owners still surveyed potential business opportunities.

Earlier in 2021, Sarajevo moved from their original location to a new venue space just a few blocks away. If you’ve been around the Seattle dance music scene for a while now, you’d recognize the new space as the former Foundation Nightclub. Although it’s been vacant for a few years now, Sarajevo moved in at just the right time to begin welcoming patrons back into the space.

Through the last several months, Sarajevo has hosted a handful of dance music events in partnership with Stardust Events. Their dedicated Thursday night slot began back in December 2021 with artists like Morgan Page and Nicky Romero. In addition to EDM nights, Sarajevo breaks up the Seattle nightlife scene with recurring Latin Fridays and International Saturday events.

Up Next For Sarajevo and StarDust

Although there’s not yet another Dance Music Thursday takeover on the books for Sarajevo and StarDust Events, there’s a lot of room for opportunity in the future. Be sure to follow along with StarDust Events and Sarajevo to stay up to date on their future events.

Andrew Rayel highlighted a growing desire for trance in Seattle in a great venue. With more opportunities like this, Sarajevo and StarDust Events can continue to solidify themselves in the PNW dance music scene.


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