Paul van Dyk’s annual visit to Miami will not happen this year. The German trance legend fell 20 feet off the main stage during his February 27 set at a State of Trance 750 in Utrecht, Holland. He was airlifted to an Amsterdam hospital, where he was treated for a concussion and broken vertebrae. A statement posted on van Dyk’s Facebook page says he is expected to make a full recovery.
Shortly after PvD’s fall, a very shaken Armin van Buuren addressed the main-stage audience. “Tonight Paul van Dyk fell, and he’s on the way to the hospital, and he’s one of the heroes of a State of Trance, so we decided to stop the show just on the main stage. All other stages will stay open
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Markus Schulz stepped in for Paul van Dyk the next day, on February 28, at Electric Daisy Carnival in Mexico City. Van Dyk was slated to play Space with Chris Bekker and friends on March 19, but the show will no longer happen. Instead, Aly & Fila, Ben Nicky, Alex M.O.R.P.H., and Kyau & Albert — who all collaborated with van Dyk on his last album, The Politics of Dancing 3 — will play in Space's main room.
Out on the terrace, Erick Morillo will celebrate his birthday with a 24-hour marathon featuring some "very special surprise guests." Space released a statement on van Dyk's cancellation.
Due to Paul van Dyk's recent accident, he is unable to perform at Club Space for Miami Music Week on the 19th of March. We at Club Space wish him a speedy and healthy recovery and we certainly cannot wait to have him back for you. We have scheduled Paul's Politics of Dancing 3 collaborators, Aly & Fila, along with Ben Nicky, Alex M.O.R.P.H. and Kyau & Albert to perform their Miami Music Week showcase at Club Space. All tickets for the Paul van Dyk event will be honored for entry on that evening.
There will still be no shortage of options this week, but PvD's absence is sure to leave a big hole in the hearts of Miami Music Week's trance fans. Get well soon, Paul. We want you back for 2017.