I have to confess-I wasn’t going to write a review about last night’s Kygo & Armin van Burren outdoor dance music spectacle that took place at Festival Pier last night. It’s not because I’m feeling those $13.00 beers I drank, no, it’s because there are truly no words to fully describe the dance music fire that ignited the Philly riverfront last night.
Taking place on an evening that will probably go down as one of the most gorgeous Philly nights of the fall, Tropical House guru Kygo opened the show with an island laced set of some of his hottest grooves and remixes, including crowd pleaser “Stole the Show,” all while serving us with his Banana Boat buffet of beats that got the packed Pier even more hype for what was to come from the trance music power of Mr. van Buuren.
After Kygo said his goodbyes, (he was quite friendly and interactive with crowd, only further cementing his rising red-hot dance music status.) a very brief moment in music time passed and Armin took the headphones–and here it is again-no words. Truly, you just can’t describe his thunderous, explosive two-hour set (a shorter trance music affair for him) that was just packed with some of his most tranced up werk, as well as a destructive handful of new bangers from his upcoming Inside set.
Besides dazzling the energetic Philly crowd, (who were a spectacular audience…you could just feel it in the delicious October night air) the legendary DJ also brought with him a shimmering array of lasers and light show shenanigans that just pierced through your music soul like you were living in the video for Jennifer Lopez’s classic, green laser-ed up “Waiting For Tonight” clip.
But if there’s one element of the night that made this show one of the most memorable outdoor concerts of the season, was that Mr. Van Burren just knows how to work and highly please his crowd. Constantly conversing with his hungry Philly audience while giant screens behind him flashed “Make Some Noise Philadelphia”–and we most certainly did.
But the real truth of Mr. van Buuren is that you could tell he just loves what he does and that he takes pride in taking his audience on a journey to make us feel the emotion of the music in the same way he clearly does. There’s a reason why Armin van Buuren is the most famous DJ in the world, and that reason–and quite a few more–were on fine, fiery display last night at Festival Pier.