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Armin Van Buuren responds to Underground Resistance controversy

The name was actually derived from an old concept of his called Universal Religion

  • Valerie Lee
  • 22 May 2017

Earlier this weekend, techno collective Underground Resistance took to their Facebook to air out some grievances with Armin Van Buuren's brand new party residency titled 'U R', which heads to Hï Ibiza this summer on Wednesday nights.

The collective was upset by the similarities between their revered name and the party's, accusing Van Buuren of "stealing culture".

Armin has since responded, aiming to quell the situation by explaining that the decision to call his party 'U R' had nothing to do with Underground Resistance, but instead was derived from an older Armin concept called Universal Religion.

"The logo, which consists of a custom-made font and frame, was designed to conform with the Armin van Buuren brand," he addressed in an official statement. "After careful deliberation, my team, the team of Hï/Ushuaïa and myself have decided to keep the name UR as it is and to adjust the symbol."

Read his full statement below:

"I would like to start off by saying how unfortunate and unpleasant this situation is for everyone involved. My team, the team of Hï/Ushuaïa and myself were not aware of the similarities between our logo and the logo of Underground Resistance. Originally, UR – the name of the new event through which I’ll perform in Ibiza every week – is derived from Universal Religion, an older but nonetheless known Armin van Buuren concept. The logo, which consists of a custom-made font and frame, was designed to conform with the Armin van Buuren brand. After careful deliberation, my team, the team of Hï/Ushuaïa and myself have decided to keep the name UR as it is and to adjust the symbol. I trust that media, fans and Underground Resistance will be able to understand this decision."

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