After navigating our way into Bayfront Park and over to Ultra’s Main Stage – there are eight stages, so getting around is a workout – we were a little weary by the time Tommy Trash was set to begin spinning. But then we heard the familiar synths of TT’s “Ladi Dadi” remix and all of our stress was gone. The Aussie is notoriously energetic in his live performances, and was at his best this afternoon. Click past the break for a review of his set, and the massive Main Stage.
Tommy’s set was our first experience at Bayfront Park today, so we thought we’d say a quick word about the Main Stage. In a word, it’s massive. LED screens not only surround the stage, but line the inside walls as well, so that the artist is literally surrounded by lights and video. We have a feeling this will look even more insane once night falls.
There’s a ton of space to dance, and crowds easily filled the space closest to the stage. There’s also a grassy, area where shade-seeking fans could take a break from the heat. However, the same space near last year’s Bicentennial Park Main Stage was on an incline, so even fans in the back had a good view; that’s not the case here. We did a quick walk-around, and Tommy looked like a tiny Australian speck from the back of the crowd. Luckily, we pushed our way to the front to check him out.
Tommy’s first Ultra performance did not disappoint; his signature electro synth sounded incredible on the Stage’s stadium-grade speakers. He played a good blend of his own tracks and other artists’ bangers, adding songs like Third Party’s “Otherside” remix and Nari & Milani’s “Atom” to the mix. The latter sounded even better today than it did during Swedish House Mafia‘s MSG set, and marked the beginning of a brief instrumental spell. He expertly controlled the crowd’s emotions, making everyone wait for each drop. He brought back the vocal tracks with his “Alive” remix – fans ate it up and sang along. He also combined his “One Last Ride” beat with the Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” vocals for a nice surprise.
Tommy’s set was a great way to start what will surely be an epic day at Bayfront. We think Tommy said it best; the one time he took to the mic, all he did was scream and yell “FUCK YEAH!” We feel the same way, TT.