For Thursday nights in Manhattan there is only one name you need to know: LAVO. The line for the door may as well be the runway at a Victoria’s Secret fashion show, as week after week models stand poised on the dirty Manhattan streets, waiting in line like the rest of us just for a chance to enter the premiere Thursday night spot in New York City. Not many clubs can guarantee a massive turnout every single week without ever publicly announcing the DJ who will be spinning, but LAVO is not your average club. From Calvin Harris and Sidney Samson to Kaskade and LMFAO, this hotspot consistently brings in the top talent in the EDM scene. Last Thursday we got to see Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, along with the Manufactured Superstars — see how our night turned out after the break.
We had seen Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano about a month ago when a few of the West Coast astronauts headed East to experience the Manhattan club scene for the first time. Needless to say, they were completely blown away, and this Thursday was no different. The two young DJs are natural entertainers, bursting with charisma. They spent much of their set interacting with the crowd, jumping and smiling as they drove the energy levels through the roof. Their darker Dutch house style complemented LAVO’s sound system perfectly with its deep lows and ground-shaking bass. Patrons danced as if in a trance when the duo dropped their stand out track “Tribeca”
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano – We Are (Original Mix)
Around 2am a crowd began to form at the entrance and we quickly shuffled over to see what was causing such a ruckus. The Manufactured Superstars had arrived, donning their signature spacesuits. A group of people rushed them for a quick photo op, mobbing the entrance. Smiling for photos and shaking as many hands as possible, the duo made their way to the DJ booth and began playing an eclectic mix of house tracks and guaranteed party starters. In sharp contrast to SJ & RM, Manufactured Superstars opted to play more mainstream tracks, the type of stuff that even the most casual dance music fans would recognize. Dropping a variety of remixes and originals from the likes of Afrojack, Bingo Players, Sidney Samson, and LMFAO. This wasn’t that much unlike the set we heard from them at Identity Festival in August.
Afrojack – Take Over Control (Manufactured Superstars and Jeziel Quintela Remix)
Bingo Players – Cry (Just A Little) (Original Mix)
Just as they began playing the monstrous R3hab remix of LMFAO’s “Champagne Showers” a huge bottle of champagne emerged from the side of the DJ booth. Some of the crowd stumbled backwards while others pushed forward with eager anticipation to be showered in expensive booze.
LMFAO – Champagne Showers (R3hab Remix)
After being soaked in champagne we looked down at our watches, and were shocked to realize that it was almost 4:30 in the morning — our real lives and our real jobs looming only a few hours ahead. As we walked out onto the New York City streets, hailing a cab to take us back to our apartment we all agreed… the hangover would be worth it.
Photos: Enes Kolenovic