It was early last year that Swedish DJ Avicii first toured India. So when the news of his return broke out a few months ago,we were ecstatic. After all,he is one of the youngest and most popular DJs of all times,who blatantly refuses to be part of the hip,underground EDM culture,and drops commercial hits every now and then.
Its not possible to have a boring Avicii concert,to begin with,and saying that his Delhi performance on Sunday night was a hit would be a gross understatement. Every track and every mix only reiterated why he is one of the top 10 DJs right now. Held at the Sunburn Arena at Buddh International Circuit,the evening began with Swedish DJ Otto Knows who built up the tempo with remixes of tracks such as Lana Del Reys Summertime sadness and Fat Boy Slims Eat,sleep,rave,repeat.
Avicii is a showman,and as soon as he entered the stage,the lights came on,colourful streamers were released,sparkling confetti landed on our faces and the lasers hit the spot. As the crowd chanted his name,he dropped Nicky Romeros I could be the one,and a sense of infectious energy ran through the crowd. He is the smart kid,who knows what gets people grooving and he doesnt disappoint with his choice of remixes. Expect commercial. So he remixed Rihannas Diamonds in the sky,Ashley Wallbridges Crush,The Temper Traps Sweet disposition and Swedish House Mafias anthem Dont you worry child. Our favourite moment was when he played his version of Coldplays Atlas. His USP is being able to bring all genres under one set list,from the bluesy Hey brother to the country sound of his most famous track Wake me up. Did we mention he also played Levels that ultimate party number?
Euphoric is how one can truly describe the vibe on Sunday night. It would have stayed like that,had it not been for Percept Indias the organisers lack of organisational skills. The venue was too small to accommodate 15,000 people and could have been better managed had they sold fewer tickets. Not to mention,the over-priced food and drinks.