Review: Steve Angello at Avalon Hollywood 12/4/2010
Greek-Swedish DJ/Producer king Steve Angello swept the masses at Hollywood, California’s famed Avalon Nightclub this past Saturday evening as part of his Size Matters solo tour. As one-third of the dance DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia, Angello is renowned globally for his highly energetic CDJ performances and eye-popping stage visuals. Saturday’s show was no exception.
The Dancing Astronaut crew arrived shortly after midnight to find a line packed with hundreds of people wrapped around Vine street. Some had tickets, some did not. But it didn’t matter: at this point, the club had hit capacity and the doormen refused to allow anyone in until guests started to leave. This is not the first incident of this sort; just one month ago, Swedish duo Dada Life‘s much-hyped show at Avalon was shut down by the Fire Marshal and riot police. Fortunately, we were still able to enter through Steve’s list, but many concertgoers either left or were forced to wait multiple hours to gain entry.
Steve Angello took the stage shortly after 1am, donning a backwards baseball cap and a simple black t-shirt. A giant crystallized 3D sign reading “SIZE” adorned the DJ booth–a reference to Steve Angello’s wildly successful EDM label Size Records. Accompanying him on stage were two female dancers dressed in fluorescent orange and lime green-striped sweats, moving along to each successive hit that Angello dropped for the masses.
Steve’s wife joined him for the majority of his set, as he dropped some of 2010’s most quintessential house tunes: Avicii’s “Romance,” Miike Snow’s “Silvia” mixed against Pryda’s “Pjanoo,” “Valodja,” and to much applause, his remix of Pendulum’s “The Island” (alongside Max Vangeli and AN21). My personal favorite mix of the night was the unexpected blend of Kid Cudi’s “Day N Nite” over Faithless’s classic “Insomnia.”
By 4:30 a.m. the club had truly hit capacity, as over a thousand clubgoers grooved to Steve Angello’s progressive house set. We left shortly after, with our ears ringing from an epic three-hour sonic journey reminiscent of Pacha’s Masquerade Motel series this past summer in Ibiza. L.A. loves it when any Swedish House Mafia member hits the city to perform, and this night was no exception.
Photos by Andrew Silberstein