THE Defqon.1 Australian music festival, a visual and musical spectacular, will light up Penrith for the fourth year in a row at the Regatta Centre this Saturday from 11am to 10pm.

More than 20,000 people from around Australia and other countries will descend on the Penrith Lakes which will be turned into an extravagant party island.

With a massive main stage that took two weeks to build along with six other custom-designed stages, there will be no shortage of dancing and fist-pumping action. The over-18s event will feature 77 international and Australian artists to cater for a variety of unique musical tastes. Some of the biggest names in hardstyle music will appear, including the Headhunterz, Wildstylez, Toneshifterz, Zany and Code Black. A spokeswoman for the organisers, Q-dance, said festival-goers can expect a total immersion in music, elaborate and artistic costumes and special effects — pyrotechnics and laser-light shows. "It's Australia's most innovative hardstyle music festival," she said. Kimberly Andrews, of Emu Plains, went to Defqon.1 in 2011 and said it was the best festival she'd ever been to. "It overrides all other festivals," she said. "The atmosphere, the music and the people are absolutely amazing."

Ms Andrews will dress in fluffies, fishnets, a corset and candy and is looking forward to seeing some of her favourite artists perform. "I can't wait to see the Headhunterz on the main stage."

Penrith is the only Australian host of the Defqon.1 festival, which won the inthemix Best Music Festival award in 2009 and 2010.

A campsite will be set up for the weekend. Tickets include CityRail services and free shuttle buses from Penrith station to the Regatta Centre.

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