Adding to the host of New Year's Eve concerts and events in California, OMFG! NYE's concert tour hit Los Angeles with a booming lineup including Brazzabelle, DJ Snake, GTA, Boys Noize, Feed Me and Madeon. Brazzabelle opened the event with her signature blend of hard-hitting electro house and pumping hip hop; the crowd was quickly swelling with masses of people cramming towards the front of the stage.
Following Brazzabelle's short but sweet set, the crowd was anxious for the club stylings of DJ Snake. He played a diverse set of mashups, big-room house, hip hop and everything in between. His signature 100-bpm sound was pounding the Shrine Expo Hall and everyone present was going absolutely nuts to it. He, like Brazzabelle, played a fairly short set because he was also playing in San Diego later that evening.
JWLS and Van Toth, who make up the genre-killing duo GTA, were up next. I'd never seen GTA live before so this was an absolute treat. From their vast array of original material including bangers such as "Booty Bounce," "Bola," and "Boy Oh Boy," they did in fact defy genres with their set. They were the only act that night to play a bunch of moombahton and, moombahton being the sexiest genre of music ever, the crowd appreciated it for sure.
Next up was techno superstar Boys Noize. Armed with his ocean-deep library of techno, hardcore and electro house and visuals by the infamous Sus Boy, Boys Noize proceeded to play the best techno set I've ever witnessed. He dug deep into his old material as well as new hits like "Go Hard" and "Starwin" to keep the crowd dancing and the speaker system booming. At this point in the night I was told it was OK for me to climb up on top of speakers to take pictures, and in my opinion they turned out great! Boys Noize provided ample "point-to-the-sky" photo opportunities as well as those for wide shots including his insane visuals.
To ring in the New Year, Feed Me came on to the decks and bombarded the audience with a full-on assault of dubstep, electro house and slowed down rave house. I wasn't as familiar with his material as I was with that of the rest of the artists of the night, but I could tell there was something special about the way he could switch from dubstep to house without making it seem forced. The big screen started flashing the countdown to 2014 and the crowd went completely bonkers at the drop - people hugging and kissing everywhere, as well as the odd guy FaceTime-ing his girlfriend.
After Feed Me's destructive set, the crowd welcomed electro wunderkind Madeon to the decks. If you've ever seen Madeon in person, you'd know that he actually is as little as he looks. I mean seriously, the dude looks like he's in high school. Which he would be if he wasn't making and playing some of the best and most thought-provoking electronic music in generations. His signature pop-meets-house-meets-electro sound tore the place apart, and his hits "Technicolor" and "Icarus" brought much praise from the crowd.
With a stacked lineup like this one, there was no doubt in my mind that this would be a night to remember. We at Daily beat hope your New Year's Eve was as awesome as ours, and wish you a Happy New Year!
Photos by Aseem Mangaokar
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