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We all know Kaskade’s reputation to bring out all the hotties, but just wait until you go to an Avicii concert! Last weekend was the first time that the city of Santa Monica hosted an EDM event in their Civic Auditorium, and the Swedish superstar DJ took full advantage of the opportunity by selling out two of the three nights he performed there. He brought out armies of LA’s finest looking ladies; I’m willing to bet that the girls outnumbered the guys at these shows.
Kicking off this series of parties on Friday was SoCal’s Audrey Napoleon (pictured above), who just finished touring the country with IDentity Festival. The Queen of Underground Pop effortlessly controlled the crowd like a puppeteer with a superb selection of dark and tribal beats like Steam Gun by Hard Rock Sofa and Who by Tujamo. The lighting for her set was very well-themed, with bloodred lights creating a curtain-like backdrop.
There was a bit of a long break after her set, but once Avicii stepped onto the top of his wicked stage setup (pictured above), the energy and excitement re-ignited in the room. The “Levels Face” (as I like to call it) prevented any dull moments during his set with its spectacular use of color. Musically, the first half of his set was more of what I expected from him, with recent vocal hits like the Calvin Harris remix of Spectrum by Florence + The Machine, as well as his older anthems like Seek Bromance and My Feelings For You that had everyone singing along. Later in the set, Avicii got more raw with his sound. He really surprised me when he dropped David Guetta’s new hit She Wolf into Ummet Ozcan’s trancer The Box, Hells Bells by Albin Myers. He even ventured into hard electro territory, closing the night out with Torro Torro’s remix of Go Deep.