“Dance music is now bigger than anything in the world” was the statement made by Tiësto before a roaring crowd 26,000 people at the Home Depot Center located on Cal State Dominguez Hills campus in Los Angeles (@1:00 in the video below) this past Saturday. He truly made history at the end of his tour by the sheer size and magnitude of the one-stage DJ event. This huge stage was properly outfitted with an immensely powerful sound system and the biggest and clearest LCD screens money can buy. Bringing along some of his favorite performers in the industry, this hallmark event had visitors from around the world and has graciously opened the doors for arena-sized shows in Los Angeles once more.
Kicking things off was the young and promising Porter Robinson. The rising OWSLA artist gave it to the crowd the only way he knows how–hard! With precision timing, he dealt wave after wave of shuffle-worthy bangers of all styles, and set the crowd off with his trademark tune Say My Name. Dada Life was next. These party animals from Sweden did such crazy things as launching hundreds of pillows during a vocal version of their tune Happy Violence, which caused a pillow fight of epic proportions. The third act preceding the main headliner was none other than the notorious Diplo. With a swagger like no other DJ, he laid down beats across the EDM spectrum, from blasting Bass Cannon by Doctor P and Flux Pavilion, to dropping his own beat he made with Afrojack for Chris Brown‘s Look At Me Now. Having by far the most diverse set and the trippiest on-screen video, this guy took the cake for me.
Having dominated the EDM landscape and named the “greatest DJ of all time” by MixMag, Tiësto unleashed his full fury before his fans as the main act of the night. Dropping his new heavy hitters like the AutoErotique remix of Work Hard, Play Hard and his own remix of Advanced by Marcel Woods, the arena swelled with fist-pumping rage. Next, he resurrected a bit of the 90s by dropping Ken Loi’s new mashup of Wonderwall by Oasis and the new hit by Eric Prydz, 2night. Also bringing in some of his classics like his Adagio For Strings and Traffic, the highlight of his performance had to be when the fog machines engulfed the entire audience and his famous remix of Delerium’s Silence began. With Sarah McLachlan’s voice In this white wave… consuming the audience, an ecstatic cheer echoed through the stadium. Tiësto concluded with his latest rock-inspired tune, Maximal Crazy.
The Home Depot Center certainly wasn’t the only venue that experienced the tour’s insane onslaught of raver goodness. UC Davis also held a slightly smaller version of the event earlier in the week, with Porter and Tiësto each delivering solid mixes to hordes of fans in the UC Davis Pavilion. Our hats off to Tiësto for locking in the college demographic in such a big way–a huge step forward for EDM in the US!