I was cold and drenched from the rain when I first arrived at ETD POP this past Saturday, March 31st. Part of me was a bit worried the massive Oracle Sports Arena wouldn’t fill up due to the weather. However, once I got inside, I saw a thriving party packed from top to bottom with ravers and ragers rocking shiny disco attire. Promoter Skills made quite a strong impression with me last year at the Lovevolution Afterparty, and this year they’ve yet again delivered another incredible event with ETD POP.
POP was quite the showcase of today’s big room kings, as well as queens! Opening up came the female tag team Nervo, who, in the words of Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, “were killing it.” Speaking of Sunnery & Ryan, the Dutch duo followed Nervo and really lived up to all the hype they’re getting these days, dropping plenty of bangers including their official cover of Lethal Industry by Tiesto. Later on, Australia’s tyDi joined in delivering plenty of great vocal tunes, including Tom Fall’s remix of Greater Heights. Sander van Doorn opened with his highly anticipated collaboration with Mayaeni Nothing Inside. The rest of his set was full of fresh and uplifting music, including Hard Rock Sofa & Swanky Tunes’ latest tune Apogee and John Dahlback’s Life. Following Sander, Dash Berlin made quite an impression on the crowd as well by rocking a an epic mashup of California Love (video below).
Fedde le Grand brought plenty of <3 with him to the decks by dropping his feel good track So Much Love right at midnight. He later jumped into more of his most epic recent releases, including Autosave, Metrum, and his highly acclaimed remix of Paradise by Coldplay. Godfather of electro Benny Benassi ended the night with the kind of mayhem he’s known to create, with filthy bangers like House Music and his Cinema collaboration with Skrillex.