Interning for Wantickets has some definite perks. One of those being that when you want to go to a show they make it happen. I had heard a Bro Safari mix that he put out awhile back and had digged his fresh sound, but honestly I was worried about a six hour Moombahton show not really being that into this EDM genre. Oh man was I wrong…
It was my first time going to the Avalon and I didn’t realize how big it was and how many options you have for viewing the stage. I really liked this about a venue because I am pretty used to either being smashed up front or not being able to see anything in the back. The Avalon has a big dance floor and then upstairs there’s a seating balcony, so even if you need to cool down from dancing to hard, you don’t miss out on any of the action. They also have another room upstairs with alternate DJ’s spinning throughout the night incase you’re not into what the guys on the main stage are throwing down. Sadly I didn’t know this until I was leaving, but I don’t think I would have left any of the sets I did see for this.
My night started off with ECT!ECT! who melted down Hip Hop tracks to make them slow and sexy but still bounce. Everyone was grinding on someone, and the crowd went wild when he threw down Jay Z’s Big Pimpin.
Next up was Tittsworth (a name I had laughed at while looking at the flyer) but Tittsworth entirely sums him up. Decked out in cutoff jean shorts and covered in tattoos. He was all over the place handing stickers out to the crowd (one of which is now on the back of my laptop), talking to fans, and showing love to all of the other DJ’s – there was some intense Bromance on stage. Tittsworth showed me that Moombahton doesn’t just mean a slowed down tempo of 108 that you can bob your head and chill to (which is why I was worried about 6 hours of it in the beginning). His set was filled with high-energy heavy bass tracks that kept the crowd jumping. My favorite track of his is of his new EP Juicy Jorts (hence the jean shorts), is CLAPz a track that fuses Moombah with Hard Electro drops.
Bro Safari C-DJd with books of CD’s that he was constantly flipping through, which was incredible to watch (especially with recent controversy over the debate of DJ’s just pushing buttons). Bro Safari killed it with his own tracks Uncrushable, Da Worm, and 5150,which made the crowd go insane. He also played Porter Robinson’s 100% in the Bitch, a crowd favorite.
LAZRtag broke off from the Moombathon theme and played a House set. They mixed “N*ggas in Paris” with” Walking on a Dream,” for an unexpected but awesome mash-up. Everyone in the crowd (even if they were trying to pretend like they didn’t know the words) sang along to their remix of Gotye’s Somebody That You Used to Know.
The final set of the night was LA natives gLAdiator. Who told the crowd to “Prepare to loose your pants.” I was glad I hadn’t worn pants because I’m sure that I would have lost them (and pants are expensive). They played a Moombahton/Trap set, which was the one of the most high energy of the night, and made me extremely glad that I had been told not to leave without seeing them. They just played EDC Vegas and are a duo I’m going to be following.
Friday night was fantastic and I can’t wait for my next Control show. I met so many awesome people! I also met some people that didn’t even know who was playing but go everyweek to find out about new DJ, and I totally see why now. Get your tickets to Control and Avaland HERE.