GLOWSTICKS were waved and the sound of whistles and pounding trance filled the air, as superstar DJ Tiësto returned to London’s Victoria Park on Friday.
The Dutch dance don was in town again as part of his ‘Kaleidoscope’ tour, playing to more than 25,000 revellers in Victoria Park for the second time.
The outdoor spectacular also featured deck wizard Eddie Halliwell, Avicii, Pendulum and the Japanese Popstars.
One criticism I would have, of an otherwise perfect event was that despite an exuberant performance from Pendulum, I couldn’t help feeling they were a bit out of place.
This is especially apparent when compared with last year’s support act – Calvin Harris – whose accessible, poppy house/trance led into Tiësto’s set perfectly.
Cheering crowds surged nearer to the main stage as Tiësto got the crowd geared up early on with three of his own tracks; ‘Kaleidoscope’, the Diplo collaboration ‘C’Mon’ and the epic ‘I Will Be Here’.
There was a sunny feeling in the park despite the overcast weather, and at one point during Tiësto’s mammoth set spots of rain were greeted with cheers as weary trance fans could cool off after four hours of dancefloor dynamite.
Hands shot even further skyward was he dropped classics like his own sing-along anthems ‘Love Comes Again’ and ‘In The Dark’ and Delirium’s ‘Silence’.
There were some changes to the organisation of the event this year, as last year’s partition of VIP dance area and the rest of the dancing space in front of the main stage was scrapped leading to a more egalitarian affair.
Up-for-it clubbers sat on each others shoulders and cheered Tiësto’s name as he played one trance anthem after another.
The star’s set ended strongly too with his now legendary remix of ‘Adagio For Strings’ close to the end, and a final flourish with his own track ‘Feel It In My Bones’.
On Melancholy Hill (AN21 & Max Vangeli Remix)