Ruben Fernhout and Jerry Leembruggen of The Partysquad have been taking national and international stages by storm for more than 20 years. With Ruben as MC and Jerry as DJ, they manage to stir up many a party. Their greatest hits include Rampeneren, Helemaal naar de Klote, Leven voor de Rave and Oh My, in the remix of Paul Elstak. The men are looking forward to their guest performance: “We are so excited to soon be performing in Gelredome. To be honest, we are first and foremost fans of Paul. It is and remains incredible that a hero like him ever wanted to make a remix of our ‘Oh My’ track. It’s a great honour to be invited by him.”
DJ Jean is of the same generation as Paul Elstak. He took his first steps in the club circuit in 1989 to eventually become the resident DJ of the illustrious Amsterdam iT club. He scored several national and international hits, made his own programmes for various radio stations, while his diary is still filled with a great deal of performances. "It’s so great to be part of Paul's large-scale jubilee in the Gelredome! Paul and I go way back, there has been magical and mutual respect for all those years, and we even started out as colleagues DJs in the late 80s in the Rotterdam super club Network! We’re now so many years later and we’re both still going strong, he as an icon in the hardcore/happy hardcore scène, myself in the house/club scène! This party in the Gelredome is the ultimate crowning glory of his legendary work, and I think it’s fantastic to be part of this. I’m therefore already looking forward to this, just like the rest of the Netherlands!!
The jubilee concert wouldn’t be complete without Jebroer. One of his greatest hits is without a doubt Kind van de Duivel from 2017. He made this song together with Paul Elstak and caused great commotion in the Christian community because of the lyrics. The accompanying video has now been viewed over 33 million times.
Apart from these friends, the men of Klubbheads will also be present on 14 December. Klubbheads has been the group of Addy van der Zwan and Koen Groeneveld since 2005. As a producers duo they have many hits in their name, in a variety of music genres. They were also producers of hits by Paul Elstak and DJ Jean.
The Darkraver was born in The Hague as Stefan André Sweet. He also performs under the name Steve Sweet and is regarded, together with DJ Gizmo, as one of the pioneers of the Hague hardcore scene. Steve also came up with the well-known Hakkuh slogan, which symbolises the gabber dance style up until today. His musical career did not take off at first and he worked as a stripper/dancer, but also as a security guard. But after some time he became successful in music. Hardcore is the basis, but he also mixes this with other styles of music during his sets. In 1996 The Darkraver was chosen as the best hardcore DJ.
Mental Theo forms a well-known duo with Charly Lownoise, but also performs solo. He began his musical career at a relatively high age. He originally performed as a DJ at Mallorca, but in the early nineties he decided to cooperate with Charly Lownoise. Happy hardcore scored many hits between 1994 and 1998, with Wonderful days as their biggest success. Mental Theo also took on many presentations on radio and TV. He worked for music channel TMF and radio station Slam FM! for a long time. He also presented several programmes at Veronica and RTL7. In 2014 he made the song Raving Beats together with Gin Dutch and host of the night, Paul Elstak.
Party Animals made a name for itself from the mid-nineties, initially with Happy Hardcore and later with Hardcore house. The three first singles all took first place in the Dutch charts. Debut single Have you ever been mellow (sung by Suzanna Mangar) was followed by Hava Naquila, which gained golden status. The third single was Aquarius, which even became platinum. The success did not remain limited to the national borders. After the year 2000 Party Animals kept a little quiet, but the music did not lose its force. Producers Jeff Porter and Jeroen Flamman formed a new group, which has had a busy agenda right up to this day.
2 Brothers of the 4th Floor has been a leading musical export product since 1990. The brothers Martin and Bobby Boer are at the basis of the formation, but the big breakthrough came in 1993 when rapper René Philips (D-Rock) and singer Desirée Manders (Des’Ray) were involved. Their first collaboration resulted in, among others, Never Alone and Dreams, which reached the number 1 position. Until 2001, 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor had a subscription to hits, after which things were silent for some time. A reunion came in 2006. This performance was obviously very moreish, as D-Rock and Des’Ray decided to perform more often again, to fully return in 2010. In 2016 2 Brothers also celebrated its silver anniversary with the album The Very Best Of (25th Anniversary Edition).