Tiesto at Lavo NY 6/6 Review

Posted by on June 8, 2012

To get to the point of even being inside Lavo NY last night was one hell of an adventure. It is a long story but I will try and keep it short. I had originally gone into New York to see Dada Life’s secret show. They booked a club that could not hold the 1500-2000 people they gave tickets to, not even half of those people, so the vast majority of the people who showed up over an hour in advance could not enter. Probably only 200-300 people were able to attend this free, secret show. I got in line at 6:45 for the 8pm show and was nowhere close to getting in. Dada Life did not do this one right at all and really should have thought a lot more carefully about the club they booked.

Four hours later, after many frantic emails to the man Adam at Plexi PR to get last minute press passes, about a mile or two of walking around the city, and a change of attire from Dada Life appropriate clothing to ritzy NYC night club appropriate clothing, me and my two friends were able to get in after some less than stellar door management. Once inside, I was able to view the grand splendor of Lavo with a large back display, though it was mostly blocked by VIPs, bottles of champagne and champagne flowing like water, girls looking like they just got off the runway and guys looking like they would make it rain Benjamins if the time came. More of the recap after the jump.

The opener was decent, playing mostly a “best of” progressive house set, which for some Djs and some clubs will not work for an opener as they want someone more low key to keep the crowd interested but allow for another level of excitement for the tracks coming from the headliner. The mixing was ok and because of his track selection Otto Knows – Million Voices was played twice in the night, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but double plays in a night are usually avoided.

This was to be my first time seeing Tiesto, so I was very excited to see the legend go to work. Tiesto stepped on about 12:30 much to the delight of the crowd and got right to it with tracks like Third Party – Thank You, his remix of “Can’t Stop Me Now”, Tiesto – What Can We Do (A Deeper Love) (Third Party Remix) and his upcoming collaboration with AN21 & Max Vangeli releasing June 25th “People Of The Night”. He then moved through a track selection heavy in cuts from Tiesto Club Life Volume Two Miami with tracks like Sultan & Ned Sheppard – Walls, which got one of the best reactions of the night, John Dahlback – Life, John de Sohn – Long Time, his collaboration with Wolfgang Gartner “We Own The Night”, his remixes of both “Paradise” and “Somebody I Used To Know” and Baggi Begovic – If A Lie Was Love. He sprinkled in some well timed tracks from some of the best producers out there with Dirty South’s remix of “Devil’s Work“, Avicii & Nicky Romero – Nicktim (video included), which got a great response and Eric Prydz’s remix of “Midnight City“. He also played some more eclectic tracks with a remix of Ellie Goulding – Lights I could not ID, a remix of Sweet Disposition that was was not the Axwell & Dirty South remix and a bootleg of Walden – Brightness with “Feel So Close”. He finished off his last half hour with the upcoming track from Autoerotique – Roll The Drums, which has a crazy drop, and some songs that seemed almost thrown together mixing from Sidney Samson to Swedish House Mafia without much attempt at the mixing.

Overall the show was good. Tiesto put together a very good track selection keeping the energy high with the tracks played, but there seemed to be something missing from the performance. I know Tiesto has been doing this for a long time he has 5 more shows this week but the show seemed to lack some energy and inspiration from the dynamic Dutchman. He spent a good deal of time talking to the VIPs and seemed to be distracted for a good percentage of the performance. It was the not the vintage Tiesto performance where the mood of the crowd is controlled by his fingertips and manipulates them with his energy behind the decks. That being said, he still put on a good performance with peak time moments putting the crowd in a frenzy. Lavo provided an excessive amount of CO2 on appropriate drops and the airhorn was frequently used by Tiesto. Maybe my expectations were too high for my first time seeing Tiesto, but I think he could have given more.

Spotted at the show: Timeflies, with Rez getting down and dirty with some chick who was spilling her beer all over me.

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