The last time I saw Fedde Le Grand live, I was at Sensation White in Spain and it was probably one of the best nights of my life. Between the production, the venue, and the great DJ talent (Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano joined Fedde along with Sharam and Wally Lopez), it all came together in a glorious arena setting.
Well, Ultra’s Main Stage array of LED screens, lights, and speakers brought me back to Barcelona to relive that amazing night once again, but with the additional perk of being in downtown Miami in the middle of the week’s biggest event. Fedde kept the crowd thoroughly engaged and moving in unison for the duration of the set, dropping current hits and past favorites alike — and I can’t stop listening to it days later.
Fedde opened with “So Much Love,” and dropped Benny Benassi’s “House Music” early on in the set. (I haven’t been the biggest fan of that track in the past, but it worked so well through the Main Stage’s speakers.) Another big track right off the bat included the FLG bootleg of Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You.” Cassius’ “I Love You So” got paired with the Tiesto / Hardwell collaboration, “Zero 76,” and his own track “Autosave” was good to hear once again.
Fedde pulled a few tricks out of the Swedish House Mafia playbook by playing Axwell’s edit of “Resurrection” with the “Together” acapella, and the monster bootleg of “Body Language” with “Metrum” and “We Are Your Friends.” His own bootleg of Faithless’ “Insomnia” was good to hear as usual, as was the lesser-played Tocadisco bootleg of Avicii’s “Levels.” Oh, and at one point some of the dancers on stage in FLG t-shirts made their way through the crowd to distribute I <3 Boobies bracelets. It was a little random, but everyone likes free stuff.
The end of the set kicked off with Fedde’s remix of Coldplay’s “Paradise,” and dBerrie’s bootleg of “Somebody That I Used To Know.” We know we’ve been telling you about this track a lot lately, but seriously, it’s huge — and dBerrie’s remix is probably the best version we’ve heard yet. Dada Life’s “Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker” was infused with Fatboy Slim’s “Star 69“ lyrics, before the last track of Fedde’s set: Steve Angello’s “Knas” with the acapella from “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit.”
Fedde’s set was really impressive, and the general consensus was that he did an amazing job commanding the crowd which had to be tens of thousands of people strong by 6:30 when he went on at the Main Stage. Ultra Music Festival was quite the different environment from Olympic stadium I saw him at in Barcelona for Sensation — but in all the best ways possible. Maybe he’ll be playing when Sensation makes its way Stateside? I can hope…