REVIEW: Avicii live at Sydney’s Centennial Park
If you missed out on the craziness that was Avicii’s Australian ‘True Tour’ run last month never fear, we were on the ground to bring you all of the details. From the party atmosphere as we walked into Sydney’s Centennial Park on January 25 to the smashing track list and amazing production details, Avicii was a blast from start to finish.
Arriving just before the 24-year-old DJ/producer was set to take the stage, we had to battle our way through an already riled-up crowd thanks to opener Will Sparks.
In true form, Avicii kicked off with his smash hit ‘Hey Brother,’ smoke and streamer guns firing into the crowd as the opening chords echoed around the park, offset by the setting sun in the background and the cosmic visuals displayed on the screens below and behind the decks. Mind-blowing is an understatement.
Leading straight into a remix, the Swede slowed down the pace and had the whole crowd singing along when he mashed together Adele’s ‘Someone Like You,’ ‘Free’ by Rudimental, Calvin Harris’ ‘Sweet Nothing,’ and Armin Van Buuren’s ‘This Is What It Feels Like.’
Despite being a bit more on the cool side, with the light breeze not really helping, the park felt like one giant party when Avicii dropped his famous ‘Silhouettes’ followed by some more Calvin Harris with ‘I Need Your Love’ and a bit of The Temper Trap’s ‘Sweet Disposition.’
If the crazy light show, stunning screen visuals and smoke jets weren’t enough, punters also had the option to jump on a ride to get their adrenaline pumping, giving the whole space a very carnival-like feel.
As the sun set, inhibitions were thrown out the window, and if it were even possible the party ramped it up a notch. You know everyone’s having a great time when the DJ looks like he’s having the best time of all...
Next up Avicii got to the apex of his set, sandwiching his songs between other big hits, dropping ‘Addicted To You’ then Florence and The Machine’s ‘You’ve Got The Love’ followed by ‘Fade Into Darkness,’ adding to the production details with red flamethrowers and firework-like sparklers.
Leading up to some big tracks the Swede played Redroche vs David Armstrong’s ‘Make Your Move’ then his track ‘My Feelings For You’ with some more Florence with ‘Spectrum.’
The highlight of the night was easily when Avicii dropped his classic ‘Seek Bromance’ then ‘I Could Be The One,’ with revelers going absolutely wild. Throw in some more smoke jets, flamethrowers and sparklers and we just couldn’t imagine anything that could top what had already been done.
Changing up the pace to finish his set list the DJ/producer calmed the crowd down again with another remix, including Disclosure’s ‘White Noise,’ ‘Good Feeling’ by Flo Rida, Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’ and Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ before waving to the fans and exiting the stage.
The crowd wasn’t ready to let go of the Swede just yet, calling out for an encore and refusing to budge. Proving to us once again that he is one of the best entertainers in the world, Avicii took to the stage for his encore to drop the one track everyone had been waiting for, ‘Wake Me Up,’ as confetti guns erupted into the crowd.
As the final notes echoed throughout the park fireworks lit up the sky, and even though we all knew it was over and we were being herded towards the exit like cattle, the huge grins on everyone’s faces said it all.