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Event Recap: LED Anniversary in San Diego with Alesso, 3LAU, Borgore, Crizzly, Crookers, Dyro, GTA, Mat Zo, Morgan Page and Otto Knows

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MYLIFEEVERYDAY, better known as LED, put on a show this past weekend that shocked the hell out of everyone who had the privilege (and wisdom) to attend. The Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California had its work cut out for it as hundreds of people gathered in and around its perimeter to witness the completely sold out show. The line-up was just slightly out of this world, boasting in alphabetical order: Alesso, 3LAU, Borgore, Crizzly, Crookers, Dyro, GTA, Mat Zo, Morgan Page and Otto Knows. Oh yeah, they all brought their talented asses into the venue and did all but bring the place right down to the floor.

Getting out of the taxi right next to the venue, the streets were pretty rampant with people in all forms of get-down apparel; tutus, kandi, neon colors, sparkling hot pants and fishnet tights were in no sort of shortage, and given the fact that the night air was pretty damn frigid, I give them props for their dedication. Our taxi driver, who after watching two girls in glittering bras race across the parking lot exclaimed, “Oh my God, everyone is crazy out here!” Now take into account the fact that he had a heavy Kenyan accent and maybe you’ll laugh a little, just like we did. He was right, though, everyone was crazy; they had an excellent reason to be: they were about to enter into another world for the next several hours. Wouldn’t you get a little happy-crazy too?

By about 9:30 pm when we arrived, the line to get in was already quite massive, with good vibes washing through the crowd like a vapor. The ground below our feet hummed with the force of the music inside, which created an anticipation that helped take your mind off the cold. Inside, there was the kind of giddy chaos that fuels every great event; the halls surrounding the inner dome echoed the last bits of Dyro’s set while the free spaces crowded with people with their hands up, drinks up and if they had them, masks up too. After quick consideration, my friend and I decided to start at the back and make our way to the front; so, armed with phone and drink in hand, we headed toward the back of the venue right as Otto Knows took to the stage. Up on the platform, we were able to see above the crowd and for the first time, take in the magnitude of what was taking place in front of us. The audience was pretty huge and continuously growing; signature multicolored glowing sabers peppered the room as they waved around in the crowd. Then there were the lights; maybe it was because we were looking at it from the back, or maybe it was just that LED knows exactly how to make someone say “Holy babies everywhere, this is amazing.” Either way, the lights and lasers alone were worth coming for. Add to that the pyrotechnics and you've really got people's attention.


After spending an ample amount of time surveying the venue in its entirety, my friend and I headed back stage to get a look at all the action from the hot spot. Otto Knows was still doing his thing up on deck, with photographers and videographers alike snapping pictures and recording all the moments, so they were more than ready when he dropped his famous “Million Voices” on the crowd and the place went crazy. It was a gem of a moment, because from what I could see, everyone was smiling. Of course (in my opinion) it’s slightly hard not to smile when "Million Voices" comes on, given that the song has been used to encompass almost every great EDM moment since it was created, but that is beside the point. We left the backstage area to go and retrieve one of our lost friends a short time later just as 3LAU came onstage. As had to have been expected at some point that night, 3LAU dropped the ever-famous “Harlem Shake,” and you can imagine how that went down; if anyone had been holding back some odd article of clothing or accessory they had brought in with them, they weren’t anymore. Nope, all that and some inflatable wales went above heads as soon as that little number came on.


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Walking through the halls the second time around was something of a show in itself, because we were able to really pay attention to all the good stuff taking place on the sidelines. Forgive the blurry quality of the photo and take this guy below as an example:


He obviously came prepared to shock the masses with his awesome addition to the “Harlem Shake.” That or he wanted to do a quick spice-up of his outfit and grabbed the first thing he could find on his parent’s wall. Either way, go team. We saw a multitude of Hello Kitty products on the girls, a pretty insane amount of sequined bras and more hot pants than you could shake a stick at. Not to be rude, but it seemed that “the tighter, the better” was the general theme for the girls, and while some did the saying right, others seemed to have taken it and misinterpreted it as "tight or die." Sounds uncomfortable, right? Yeah, that's how it looked, too. As for the guys, well, it seemed that more and more of them happened to have “lost” their shirts as the night went on; lets just say that for some, I wasn’t exactly saddened for their loss, however for others, I might have been one swipe of the card away from buying them a new one. Sounds harsh, but so are crunches, and look what happens when you do a couple of those?

So we found our friend, lost that one, then found another, all the while Crizzly and then Crookers unleashed some pretty serious tunes onto the crowd. At some point, Crizzly dropped “Dream (Get Your Hands Up!)” and I swear something had to have cracked somewhere, then, when Crookers was on stage, he played "Epic" by Sandro Silva & Quintino and that really made the good people of LED completely lose it. We headed backstage again sometime later to check out how things were looking from there. As Crookers continued to do his thing on stage, Borgore was doing his thing off stage, posing for pictures with girls, talking to friends/fans, and overall having himself a merry old time. It was a blink before it was his turn to address the crowd, and that he did, earth-shatteringly. While he was up there, we even spotted Rukes wielding that photo magic and snapping pictures of all of the ensuing chaos.

The rest of the night passed in a rush; at one point we ventured into the thick of the crowd to experience the show as it should be experienced, with everyone else. Energy was up along with pretty much the entire venue’s hands, and the feeling was pretty good. There was enough of an array of music to please even the EDM Snob. Ultimately, I'd have to say that the experience was a global one, and I was more than happy to have been there. Everyone I saw and spoke to was having a more than great time that night, and while I'd generally had no expectations of what was going to happen and how the experience was going to be, I left feeling like I'd stumbled upon something pretty impressive. Hopefully those who were in attendance will know what I'm talking about. All I know for sure is, when I finally end my night and actually go to sleep after a show and wake up the next morning (ahem, or afternoon) wishing I were back at it, I know it's something to be remembered.

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