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Event Recap: Alessandro Linblad, the 21-year-old Swedish native known as Alesso, delivered a sick show to a sold out crowd on April 5th at The Warfield in San Francisco. Man oh man, talk about a fucking insane night.
Arriving to the venue around 7:45 pm, the line wasn’t wrapped around the block but a few early birds were already cued up and ready to party. The all ages event brought out many EDM fans, especially high school kids thrilled by the chance to actually attend a show in the first place.
The Warfield’s lobby was packed with people, yelling and screaming with excitement. It was an overwhelming sight and once those bodies started piling into the venue it was evident that his night wasn’t going to be slow by any means.
When the clock hit 10:30 pm and the lights dimmed and the crowd started to roar and Alesso hit the turntables…it was time to rage. Opening up with “Dune” by Heiress of Valentina” and “Everyday” by Eric Prydz, the crowd’s blood was obviously pumping and the energy was high. From the balcony to the floor bodies were moving non-stop. For the most part, Alesso’s set consisted of endless mash-ups that flowed smoothly from one to the other—especially his mash-up of Calvin Harris’s “Sweet Nothing” vs. Sebastian Ingrosso and Tommy Trash’s “Reload.” When he dropped his mash-up of R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” it ignited my dancing shoes, which ended up being the absolute highlight of the set. The melody was bananas and the build up smooth, which always gets people hyped…
Alesso did drop tracks by his fellow Swedish counterparts (Steve Angello’s “Yeah,” Swedish House Mafia’s “Greyhound” and “Don’t You Worry Child”) which got the crowd going wild! Considering all the “We Came, We Raved, We Loved” t-shirts I saw throughout the night, I wasn’t shocked at the crowd’s reaction. Literally, the whole venue started to sing the words in unison, a moment that always makes me smile. Although Alesso delivered a powerful set from start to finish, a few of my favorite moments was hearing “Raise Your Head,” an earlier Alesso track but still a goodie, and “Years” featuring Matthew Kona, which had me dancing in the aisle of the Warfield. When he dropped “Calling,” his collaboration with Sebastian Ingrosso, I watched a girl fall to her knees. Seriously. A moment I’ll never forget, watching this girl fall to her knees with excitement with her hands thrown in the air was a priceless sight, indeed.
Like all good things, the show did come to an end with Alesso saying goodbye with his rather remarkable remix of One Republic’s “If I Lose Myself.” I heard the track a few days prior to the show but hearing it out on a big system made it more impactfull. As the confetti flew around the crowd latching on to sweaty bodies, and people hugged and cheered, Alesso simply thanked the crowd for an exciting show (indeed it was) and that was that.