History was made last Saturday evening when Avicii headlined the beautiful Hollywood Bowl. This world-famous venue has featured some of the biggest bands ever like The Beatles, The Doors, and more recently, Coldplay and Radiohead. Perhaps electronic music has finally earned the respect and recognition that it deserves. Interesting sidenote: Paris Hilton was allegedly denied entrance.
The impressive opening lineup was stacked with LessThan3 favorites like Arty, Excision, and Sander van Doorn. First up on the stage was Arty. Although the front VIP area wasn’t completely filled yet, loads of his fans were cheering in the middle and upper rows of the stands. He played from his huge stack of hits like Around The World, Rebound, and his sweet vocal anthem Grand Finale with Fiora. Afterward came Excision, who played the beastliest mix of hard dubstep, trap, and roaring drum & bass. As a bass head myself, it was an absolute pleasure to see him unleash such nasty drops at the Hollywood Bowl.
Seeing DJs spinning at this historic venue reminded me of the changing times we’re living in. We spoke briefly with Sander van Doorn to hear his thoughts on the occasion.
“This venue has a big history, and being part of tonight is a big honor. I’m on stage where all the big legends have played,” he said. “I think it goes to show that EDM is making some really big steps. It’s a real genuine style of music next to other genres like R&B, pop, and even country. It’s way up there these days.”
During his set, the Dutchman played a few unreleased tracks, including what he told us was a fresh collaboration with DVBBS, the co-producers of the summer smasher Tsunami on Sander’s own Doorn Records.
After the night, I can definitely confirm that Avicii has found his way into the hearts and minds of America. Although he did not have the giant head stage this time around, his two-hour set still employed a very intense lightshow with stunning visuals. While looking around, I noticed that despite there being seats in every row, nearly everyone in the crowd preferred bouncing off their toes and singing their hearts out to sitting down. In addition to playing his best-known tracks like Levels, the Swede played some country- and bluegrass-inspired tunes off his new album True. For the epic finale, Avicii let loose a dazzling fireworks show while closing with his huge hit single, Wake Me Up, featuring vocals by Aloe Blacc.