Event Review: We Are NRG @ NOS Events Center (04.05.14)

April 13, 2014 -

Fadi AbuZaineh

It was a wild night in the brewing as a whole crowd of people were in front of the Damus building waiting to get in. The music was already playing inside well before they opened the doors around 7PM. From what it sounded like, opening DJ Mikael Weermets was throwing down a killer set. Once we got in the first thing I noticed was the whole environment. On the outside, there was a food truck, multiple water stations and vendors, as well as speakers playing the music from inside. The inside was a huge room with a high ceiling, and lasers being pointed all over the place from the stage. It was an awesome sight. Once LA Riots started, most of the early bird crowd was settled inside and around the front of the stage. His set was awesome, and I’m totally glad I got to see him. Check out our interview with LA Riots the week prior in San Fran here!

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Next up was Alvaro, who brought a hypeman up on stage with him. I am usually not too excited about hypemen, but they both put on a great show and the whole venue went crazy. He dropped his new single Shades, as well as an unreleased track with him and Carnage (currently known as ID…yeah I know). Mercer was next up, who turned the whole night into a trap fest. We were moving inside and outside during his set, but I was still enjoying it very much.

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The time came for Yellow Claw to go on and I just have to say, I’ve never seen such a crazy, wild, trap filled set in my life. They made the whole crowd get low to the ground and jump back up (flashback to DJ Snake at The Observatory). I recognized their song with “Pills” with Flosstradamus, along with Shotgun ft. Rochelle as well as Slow Down. ‘Twas quite a dope set.

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It was coming to the last few sets of the night, and I was pretty excited to finally see Audien. His set did not disappoint at all, he dropped Circles, and his awesome (and my personal favorite) remix of Pompeii by Bastille. The whole crowd was singing along and the vibe was just perfect. Definitely my favorite set of the night. Next up was Bassjackers, or should I say, Bassjacker, since Marlon is the one that tours for the group. He definitely got the place crackin’ as he dropped Battle with Jordy Dazz, and their claim to fame song Mush, Mush. The Bass was definitely Jacked.


Last but definitely not least was W&W, and there is not much that has to be said. After their show at POP The Dream in Oakland, they flew down to SoCal to close out the show. They killed the crowd and could not have closed it better than they did. They rocked the house until 2:45 in the morning. The peak moment of their set to me was definitely when they dropped their remix of Armin Van Buuren’s “This is What It Feels Like,” a timeless rager.

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As the show came to a timely end, I must say I got a little sad. But at the same time I was stoked about the awesome event that we all got to be a part of. The production was amazing, and the lineup was solid from beginning to end. Insomniac always puts on the greatest shows, and the crowd always bring the best vibes. Let’s hope that this happens again next year!


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