REVIEW: Tiësto Takes on Pacha NYC

If you’ve been in NYC for the past two months, chances are you had heard that Tiësto would be landing at Pacha Nov. 30 to be a part of its 6-year anniversary party series. One of the biggest DJs in the world, Tiësto’s show at Pacha last Wednesday marked his first time every gracing the decks at the international megaclub. I had been looking forward to this show and he didn’t disappoint. Felix Cartal came on prior to Tiësto, also making his Pacha debut, and it was awesome. Both DJs haven’t been in NYC since Labor Day Weekend’s Electric Zoo, and the crowd was certainly anticipatory for both of their returns.

Felix Cartal surprised everyone by playing his new single Don’t Turn On the Lights with live accompaniment by the vocalist on the track, Polina, who came in specially just for the evening. He more than amply prepared the revelers for the main act of the night.

Some people may say that Tiësto is not the best performer, but I really admire his versatility and enduring allure. Originally a Dutch tranceman by nature, he has evolved nicely to fit into the prevailing currents of EDM. He wasted no time in dropping his new club banger, Maximal Crazy, onto the expectant ravers, and everyone went totally insane. Another notable track he dropped was a new mashup of Calvin Harris – “Feel So Close” vs. Alesso – “Raise Your Head.” Tiësto nicely wove in new and old tracks, both his and others, to create a cohesive set that everyone enjoyed immensely. Can’t wait for him to return!!

My favorite tracks of the night:
Nero – Promises
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside (Third Party Remix)
Tiesto – Maximal Crazy
Calvin Harris vs. Alesso – Feel So Close Raise Your Head (Sebastian Ingrosso Bootleg)
Tiesto – What Can We Do (A Deeper Love)
Dirty South & Those Usual Suspects – Walking Alone

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