Thunderdome is a famous concept in hardcore techno and gabber music that was mainly used for a series of parties and CD-albums. It was organized by the Dutch entertainment company ID&T. The first party was organized in 1992 and the party held in December 2012 was advertised as being the end of Thunderdome. In 2017 though another 25th anniversary edition was held.

Toxic Hotel

Welcome to the Toxic Hotel.
Please feel free to check-in, but remember… There’s only one way to check-out.

For the 2011 Edition we created this series of Horror movies. Each episode features one or more artists from the lineup. During the weeks before the event date, a new episode was released every week, thus revealing a new artist from the lineup to the public.

Chapter one

CHAPTER ONE

CHECK-IN
Chapter two

CHAPTER TWO

BATH TIME
Chapter three

CHAPTER THREE

MIRROR, MIRROR...
Chapter four

CHAPTER FOUR

ROOM SERVICE
Chapter five

CHAPTER FIVE

HOUSEKEEPING
Chapter six

CHAPTER SIX

RECEPTION CALLING
Chapter seven

CHAPTER SEVEN

MISTER SANDMAN
Chapter eight

CHAPTER EIGHT

DOPE SERVICE
Chapter nine

CHAPTER NINE

CHECK-OUT

The Final Exam

Before the Thunderdome concept was started ID&T organised a big rave called The Final Exam, that was held on 20 June 1992. This was the first attempt to bring hardcore and gabber to a wide audience and the first event organised by ID&T, who would later go on to organise other big dance music events such as Mystery Land, and Sensation White, and Black. Later in 1992 they organised the first Thunderdome party, which was simply titled The Thunder Dome. On December 15th 2012 the event was held for the twentieth and last time. It was titled “The Final Exam”, remembering the first party ever organised by ID&T. To promote the party we created a mini documentary which looks back at 20 years of Thunderdome. It features interviews with the artists who helped create this legendary event as well as fans and the people behind the scenes.


  • Client: ID&T
  • Directed by: Bas Swelheim & Stijn Groenemeijer
  • DOP: Marcel Koppen
  • Post-Production: Bas Swelheim