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Orange County: The Observatory with Tiësto and Porter Robinson

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The Observatory in Southern California was the place to be on New Years day when two of the biggest names in electronic music were scheduled to perform.

The event was put on by Identity Management Group and associated with Event Vibe and The Social Group. The event was originally suppose to be at Ten Nightclub in Newport Beach, but due to an overwhelming demand for tickets for their New Years two day celebration the venue was moved to The Observatory.


With ATB and Manufactured Superstars bringing in the New Year the night before, fans in attendance really got experience what this venue has to offer first. A giant LED wall stands behind the LED DJ booth and behind the wall are several moving strobe lights and other lighting effects. The venue is also equipped with moving lights, air cannons, and confetti blasters.

However, that is not the reason the night was completely sold out instead it came down to two names, the new sensation Porter Robinson and the legendary Tiësto were to perform in an intimate setting.

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With only a couple hundred on the dancefloor, time got closer to the 10:15 pm, which marked when Porter was to make his appearance. Right around then the lights cut out, a spot light emerges on a young man not even in his 20s with a jacket and white v-neck on. Then before you knew it everyone was throwing their hands in the air, jumping around, signing along, however you wanted to enjoy the night it seemed like you could.


Porter Robinson has only gotten better with time and continues to improve on his skills. His set included several songs off of his EP album Spitfire as well as a mix-up mash-up of Ratatat’s “Seventeen Years” and “Animal Rights” by deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner. The young artist also managed to throw in some heavy hitters and remixes by Knife Party, Swedish House Mafia and Kaskade.

Then all of the sudden, a wave to the crowd and the beat dies, lights get bright and can only mean one thing. Tiësto. Without any delay the Dutch producer and DJ from the Netherlands has taken the stage. Immediately the crowd goes quiet, for it was Club Life time.


The top DJ can guarantee a great show every time. Having some of the best tracks from year to year, Tiësto isn’t shy to sample other artists as well. The reknown DJ gives the crowd what they want to hear and New Years Day was no different.

His powerful and moving set included his big songs from 2011 such as “Maximal Crazy,”“Zero 76,”“Work Hard, Play Hard” and so much more. The DJ went on to throw remixes that kept the crowd dancing such as a remix by Moska of Rihanna and Calvin Harris’s “We Found Love” and Albin Meyer’s remix of “Fade Into Darkness” by Avicii.

Tiësto commanded the attention of everyone in attendance. Especially when he played his remix to Coldplay’s “Paradise” that made everyone sing out loud and enjoy the New Year ahead. There still was one more song that seems to grab the attention of Southern California and Tiësto knows how to use it just right every time. “The Otherside” originally by The Red Hot Chili Peppers and remixed by Third Party seemed to be California’s anthem for electronic music. Every time the song comes on fans get the chills, the need to sing along, and the appreciation to many things in life, Tiësto makes you have a moment with him and the listeners around.


No one wanted time to move but it was inevitable. “C’mon” by Tiësto and Diplo was the last song of the night as the lights began to turn on, volume got lowered, and people began to get reminded the night was almost over by security. All of sudden the tracked ended and with a giant smile, Tiësto waved goodbye and officially the first day of 2012 was over.

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