Avicii is one of the biggest names in the world of electronic music. He has produced some of the most well known tracks in the EDM game and headlines main stages at festivals all over the world. His drawing power is levels above many other superstar DJs, or so we thought. Evidently, Philly didn’t get that memo.
Heading into the Liacouras Center last night at Temple University, we expected to see long lines of people filing in when the event (presented by Midnite Society) kicked off at 730pm. Upon entering the venue’s ground floor, the crowd was sparse. It was early, and this was a college campus, maybe there was still some serious pre-gaming going on.
The stage set up was completely on point. The visual production of the show was outstanding, with 24 strobe lights annihilating the place from floor the ceiling, it was hard to avoid a constant stare of amazement.
The opening set provided by local, Dan “LoveCityDJs” Fisher (from House of Hearts), was nothing less than tantalizing. Fisher provided a high energy set filled with a wide variety of music. The crowd couldn’t do anything but rage. LoveCityDJs has created an extensive following in Philadelphia by playing at festivals like Starscape and Loaded and creating a weekly Dub-step show in West Chester on Wednesday nights. Aside from landing the opening spot for Avicii, Fisher has also landed upcoming opening gigs for Fedde Le Grand, Rusko, and other big name DJs this fall. Fisher ripped an eclectic set, spinning trap and electro back to back, appealing to all genres of EDM lovers. He set the stage nicely for the headliner.
At 9pm, LoveCityDJs exited the stage, the lights dimmed, and the Swedish superstar hit the stage. Upon his entrance all that was visible was a sea of cell phones desperately trying to capture the moment. Rumors of Avicii’s inability to DJ with the same quality that he produces have been making the rounds, but his performance far exceeded expectations of his detractors, and thrilled his loyal fans. He opened his set with banger after banger which created a new level of energy not yet seen in the Liacouras Center that evening. The visual production behind his music was unbelievable, whether it was the image of pulsating speakers or the strobing image of multiple time zones, it was simply incredible. The bass was so strong it could be felt rattling your bones from as far away as the box seats at the back of the arena. While the fans on hand easily could have filled some of the more intimate venues in Philly, the crowd was dwarfed by sheer size of the Liacouras Center.
Avicii played to a range of tracks from a “Teenage Wasteland” remix to “Don’t You Worry Child”, engaging the crowd from one song to the next. He closed out the night at 11pm with a crowd favorite, “Ni**as in Paris”, leaving the whole crowd wanting just a little bit more, but then again, when don’t the Swedes leave their fans begging for just one more song?
[Story by Briana Travers & David Miller]
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