Tiësto Thrills Thousands at Temple’s Liacouras Center
Arguably the world’s most popular DJ, Tiesto’s list of accomplishments is lengthy to say the least. The Grammy nominated Dutch DJ, has the #1 global music podcast on iTunes, boasts over 12 million Facebook followers, and has played everywhere from the Olympic opening ceremonies to the largest clubs and festivals around the world.
On Saturday, February 23rd, Tiesto’s College Invasion rolled into Temple University’s Liacouras Center to thrill a sold out crowd with support from Tommy Trash, and Quintino.
Johnny V, was selected as the local opening DJ. With a strong following in the area, Johnny V has opened for other international superstars like Steve Angello, Cassette, W&W, Paul Van Dyk, and a slew of others. His set was very appropriate for the night and included a strong mix of tech and electro-house while leaving the major anthems for the tour DJs.
Quintino was up next and kicked the energy level up another notch. His set wasn’t as spectacular as his headlining gig in Philly a few months ago, but that’s to be expected when setting the stage for the likes of Tiesto. Fans continued to pour into the Liacouras Center during Quintino’s set, packing the floor and the lower bowl of seats.
Tommy Trash took over from Quintino and things really got exciting. Tommy Trash brings it every time we’ve had the pleasure of seeing him and this night was no different. Dropping bangers as he head-banged, Tommy Trash took the crowd to the edge of insanity, where fans teetered on the edge until 10pm when Tiesto hit the stage and pushed everyone over.
The crowd had already been fed a steady diet of sweet tunes for hours but Tiesto had them eating out of the palm of his hand like they were starving. His stage set up included cryo-blasts, pyrotechnics, confetti canons, and some of the most redonkulous lasers we have ever seen!
The Liacouras Center went absolutely bonkers. Tiesto mixed in a slew of his hits, both old and new. Fans went especially nuts when he dropped his 2005 hit “Adagio for Strings”.
At the end of the show, Tiesto headed across town to Soundgarden Hall where he played an after-party set for the 21 and over crowd.
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