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Fortunately I didn’t spend Valentine’s Day home alone, eating chocolate while crying my eyes out to The Notebook. Nope. I wasn’t that girl this year. Instead I spent the night with three gents from Sweden, Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and Steve Angello on day two of their sold out San Francisco leg of the One Last Tour. The night exceeded all expectations and reinforced my belief that the EDM motto (read PLUR) still exists despite what critics and naysayers preach. Although Swedish House Mafia delivered a dynamic two-hour set, it was the crowds’ vibe and excitement that sent chills down my spine. Opening with Ingrosso’s and Axwell’s “We Come, We Love, We Rave” mashed up with SHM’s “Greyhound” and Matt Caseli and Danny Freakazoid’s “Raise Your Hand” raised the energy flooding the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to heights I’ve yet to witness at a ahow—there wasn’t a single body in the house not moving. And the visuals sent my brain into overload, almost to the point where I wished I brought sunglasses. Between the music, the smiling faces and all the people raging, it was difficult to not be consumed by the hype. I found myself dancing with complete strangers, receiving high fives and hugs from people I highly doubt I’ll see ever again. At one point I was in a mini huddle with a few friends and strangers singing “a moment of love, a dream, a laugh, a kiss, a cry, our rights, our wrongs,” which is exactly the reason why I adore being involved within the EDM community in the first place—connecting with others through music, sharing an epic moment and creating an unforgettable memory. No doubt haters will continue to rip the gents to shreds surrounding their work and talent and ability to deliver an actual live show, but if you were one of those that attended day two of the One Last Tour there’s no denying the wicked vibe floating in the venue.
Musical highlights include Axwell’s rendition of Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl’s “In My Mind,” SHM vs. Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” Axwell’s rendition of Temper Trap’s “ Sweet Disposition” and, of course, “Don’t you Worry Child,” which when dropped I found myself a bit bummed by because the end of the night was coming to a close. All in, I couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend Valentine’s Day.