A lot of times, people think the best place to be during a show is the very front. It's there where you can (almost) touch your favorite DJ, see the sweat drip from their forehead, and get the best view of the visuals. Avalon on Friday night was a bit different, however. The best view of the night most definitely came from the back of the club. It was from there that you could bare witness to Cazzette, James Egbert and Project 46's command of the crowd and the full effect of their music on the audience.
Cazzette played an eclectic mix, combining their own songs with crowd-pleasers like Dada Life's “Kick Out the Epic Motherf**ker” and Alesso's “Pressure” remix. One of Cazzette's best visuals was their backdrop of numerous colorful cassettes moving across the screen, set to Adele's “Set Fire To The Rain.”
While I was checking out the show from the back of the club, two guys somehow managed to collapse on top of me and barely missed scraping my eye. When I stood up and recovered from the initial fall, I was met with a whole floor chok-full of people dancing. I had thought people in the front were having fun, but it was only then that I realized that people in the back rows were actually dancing and clapping their hands more, taking full advantage of the night.
Project 46 played an upbeat, energetic mix that warmed up the crowd for the rest of the night. Swedish House Mafia's “Greyhound” especially got everyone jumping and ready to party the rest of the night. Their set flowed into James Egberts’ seamlessly. James is known for only playing his own music throughout all of his sets, and Friday night's set included some dubstep as well as unreleased tracks.
He also contrasted a lot of lower energy tunes with higher energy tunes. This contrast was complemented by glovers in the audience giving out light shows, as well as the occasionnal cold bursts of steam which rejuvenated the sweaty crowd. James dropping Emeli Sandé's “Heaven” was definitely the best part of his set and one of the highlights of the night. Not to mention he also played Earth Wind and Fire’s “September,” when's the last time you heard that at an electronic music show?
Besides the main stage, DJ Rowdy Child was also spinning in the Jerry Lewis room to the left of the main stage. This smaller, more intimate environment left people with plenty of space to bust out a move, and some even requested that Rowdy Child move to the main stage. No matter the size of the dancefloor, it was clear that people were moving and grooving throughout the night.
Another unexpected moment, and definitely the best of the night, was seeing a guy in a wheelchair moving his chair to the beat of the music. And he didn't just start at the end of the night. Cazzette, Project 46, and James Egbert had this guy moving and shaking throughout, just like the rest of the crowd. Whether it was from the very front of the dancefloor, a level above, from the back, or even from a side room, every view confirmed that Cazzette, Project 46, James Egbert, and Rowdy Child delivered what the crowd wanted Friday night at Avalon.