After a remorseless Day 2 of Spring Awakening witnessing some of the best sets to date in personal concert history–Nervo, Datsik, and Afrojack just to name a few–we were almost wiped out from the sweaty insanity. Nevertheless, limping out of the hotel after quick showers and recovery shots of whiskey, we set out to the House of Blues for the Official Spring Awakening After Show featuring Laidback Luke and Diplo.
Although Laidback Luke lost his superhero getup he sported during his set at the fest, his superpowers were still omnipresent. We entered as he was hyping up the crowd to his Heartbreaker remix of MSTRKRFT, and continued to shamelessly rage through his rather new remix of Let it Go by Dragonette. To end his set, without surprise, and yet without disappointment, Laidback Luke played his anthem of the summer’s past, Turbulence. And with this exit, one legendary producer & DJ made room for another.
With every sound wave literally pounding through the floor of the historic theater, Mad Decent’s founding father Diplo (one half of Major Lazer) awed the audience at the stroke of 2 am. Presenting a re-vamped set that rivaled his festival performance, Mr. Pentz led the crowd in celebrating all of the microgenres he is known for today, everything from hard moombathon beats to old time originals like M.I.A.’s Paper Planes and Maluca’s QueQue. Getting a chance to live through Original Don with The Dankle’s Bryan screaming “IT’S A TRAP,” definitely only incited a new energy on the floor. Much to the satisfaction of the booty-clapping audience, Diplo also dropped tunes off his newest EP, bringing almost half the crowd onstage to #ExpressThemselves alongside his setup.
While we might’ve spent Monday in extreme recovery, the experience of the Spring Awakening Music Festival was ideal. We concluded this inaugural event that entranced Chicago’s Soldier Field in the best way possible—with an extra dose of treble and bass…and we couldn’t have asked for more.