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Reported by Tristan Ingram on March 4, 2009

The cream of the international crop gathered at the Leeds Academy on Friday February 27th for the sixth installation of the annual Hard Dance Awards showdown, presented by Euphoria and powered by

UK clubbers voted in their thousands, legendary DJs and producers duked it out all night long but in the end it was only ever about two men – Dutch duo Showtek.

The hardstyle pair from the Netherlands scooped Best Track for ‘Hold Us Back’, on a night that also saw them crowned as Best DJs. Beating off competition from the likes of Alex Kidd, Andy Whitby, Proteus, Zany, Amber D, Front Liner and the Organ Donors, Walt and Duro were on Cloud 9 by the end of the night.

“This is massive!” said Duro speaking at the event. “We just want to say a huge thank you to all the fans who’ve voted for us over the past couple of months. We haven’t stopped since we won Best Track at last year’s event, so to come here and win that again, and then walk away with Best DJ too, really tops everything off for us.”

Trackitdown head honcho and the man behind the HDAs, Ed Real was quick to underline the significance of Showtek’s win. “Showtek have featured in my DJ sets every time over the last couple of years and their style crosses over perfectly between the really extreme Dutch sounds and the party orientated beats we love in the UK,” he said.

“This fusion combined with their status as global ambassadors for hardstyle culture means that I think it’s no surprise they won the two most important gongs in this year’s Hard Dance Awards. 2009 is the year of the Showtek explosion and I think their disk on the Hard Dance Awards Euphoria album going to cement this status.”

The 3 CD album, which also features mixes from Andy Whitby and Ed Real, is out in shops and online portals from March 9th and is expected to smash its way into hard dance music collections up and down the country! For more information on the album visit, to get the latest on Showtek including all their production news and diary dates, visit