REVIEW: THUMP presents Up Next w/ Zedd, Duke Dumont & TOKiMONSTA @ Pier 84 6.20
Last night, THUMP and Samsung brought a unique performance to Hudson River Park’s Pier 84.
An impressive LED-lit cube structure, created by 1024 architecture specifically for the show, held the DJ booth as the sky behind it glowed pink and orange from the sunset. Fireworks launched in sync with the music. Those who managed to get in before the event reached capacity, which was not long after the doors opened, lounged on the grass in the park and took advantage of the open bar. The weather was perfect for the outdoor venue and, as the sky darkened, glowing gloves and hula hoops showed up.
The show opened just after seven with eclectic acts TOKiMONSTA and Duke Dumont, who packed the crowd around the cube. The DJs encased in the glittering architectural feat looked spectacular and the bright strobes lining the structure were powerful enough to illuminate the whole crowd, a mix of post-work suits and club kids dancing together under the night sky. Special viewing areas brought guests up above the crowd where they could use Samsung phones to launch their own fireworks.
The show really got going when Zedd took the stage at 8:50. He opened with “In My Mind” and filled the crowd with energy before playing a set that contained some of today’s hottest EDM tracks, including hits by Swedish House Mafia and Dada Life. He dropped what is arguably his most popular track, the radio favorite “Clarity,” but also rewarded long-time fans with “The Legend of Zelda.” The end of his set brought a massive fireworks display that went off behind the cube in the Hudson River, bringing the night to a close.
Pier 84 was a perfect venue for this show and the event was an excellent start to a summer of dance music in New York. As EDM continues to reach new heights of popularity, it’s interesting to see what comes out of all this success. THUMP is Vice‘s new source for EDM news, described as “a new digital channel capturing the culture, trends, artists, and stories defining electronic music and culture.” THUMP launched in April and has since produced, among other things, a documentary on the making of Pretty Lights’ new album, “A Color Map of the Sun.” Thursday night’s show was the launch party for the Up Next section of THUMP, which “will showcase the most exciting talent in electronic music today, chronicling the freshest sounds and artists from every angle: the fans, the creative process, and the dance floor experience as defined by up-and-coming DJs and producers from across the globe.”