On Saturday, August 5, 2023, techno royalty Reinier Zonneveld made history by setting a new Guinness World Record for the longest electronic music live set. The record-breaking performance took place at the Karren Maar Festival held at the historical Stadsblokken in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Reinier Zonneveld astounded the crowd with an extraordinary 11-hour and 11-minute solo live set, starting at 12:49 pm and ending at precisely 00:00 am.
Known for his intricate live performances and prowess with analog synths and a cutting-edge on-stage setup, Reinier Zonneveld has used his method of composing as he plays as well as a great selection of his new music to deliver his most ambitious and unforgettable set to date. Reflecting on his remarkable achievement, Reinier Zonneveld comments:
“Karren Maar festival was an extraordinary journey of sound and connection. Playing for 11 hours and 11 minutes allowed me to deep dive into the essence of my music, exploring uncharted territories of emotion and energy. It was a humbling experience to witness the support and energy from the crowd, creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. I am grateful for the opportunity to have shared this unforgettable experience with everyone present, as we pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of electronic music.”
Karren Maar Festival, named after Reinier Zonneveld’s signature phrase, celebrated its very first edition with a bang. Reinier’s hypnotizing live set, hosted at the festival’s mainstage, drew an enthusiastic crowd of music lovers from various countries. With his boundless energy and innovative sound, Reinier Zonneveld mesmerized the audience, creating an unforgettable experience for those who witnessed music history in the making as the artist set a new Guinness World Record.
In addition to Reinier Zonneveld’s groundbreaking mainstage set, his acclaimed label Filth on Acid hosted its own stage at Karren Maar Festival, showcasing a stellar lineup of artists. Legendary tech house act GORDO, techno hero Speedy J, and household talents such as Zeltak, Space 92, Joyhauser, and Kiki Solvej played electrifying sets that kept the energy soaring throughout the event.
With a successful first edition, the Karren Maar Festival has undoubtedly made a significant impact on the global electronic music scene, already building up incredible excitement for future editions. With Reinier Zonneveld’s monumental record-breaking performance and Filth on Acid’s exceptional curation, the festival has established itself as a go-to experience for techno lovers.
Next to his ambitious and successful attempt to set a new world record this summer, Reinier Zonneveld will be closing festival season with an album release in September 2023. Inviting listeners to go on a journey across all corners of the techno genre, Reinier Zonneveld’s new album has been hotly anticipated. Some of its singles have been evergreens in the artist’s legendary live sets for the past few years, such as the first single release from the album, ‘Music Is The Answer’, a crowd favorite as witnessed at Karren Maar Festival this year.
About Reinier Zonneveld
As one of the most innovative and best-selling techno producers of the moment, Reinier Zonneveld has taken over the contemporary scene with his visionary live performances and unique view on the techno genre. Highly respected for his improvisational live shows at marquee festivals and sold-out clubs across the world, Reinier Zonneveld’s vibrant sound is winning him fans far and wide. After becoming a prominent resident at the legendary Awakenings and Time Warp events, Reinier Zonneveld has continued to push industry-limits, launching his very own Karren Maar Festival. His own imprint Filth On Acid is one of the best-selling and most supported labels in the electronic scene with releases of Carl Cox and many more, the label is claiming the number one spot on and off as the leading techno label on Beatport. Reinier Zonneveld has quickly grown from underground talent to an acclaimed industry tastemaker, with impressive accolades such as earning the highest new entry DJ Mag’s Top 100 in 2022, selling out a solo show at the iconic Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam during ADE the year prior, and hosting his own festival Karren Maar where he set a new Guinness World Record for longest live set, to name a few.