The Smirnoff Experience’s third venture into the world of electronic music was placed in the good hands of seasoned maestro Afrojack and a host of other phenomenal names who blew the Dome away, in Mumbai over the weekend.
(Written by Prem Gupta)
If there’s one thing that’s pretty much guaranteed at a Smirnoff Experience concert, it has got to be the visual treat that the team puts together to supplement the already thumping music on show. The Smirnoff’s Experience’s third (2nd in Mumbai) edition saw acts such as Afrojack, Apster, Gregor Salto and the likes, performing to a packed Dome stadium at the NSCI Club in South Mumbai. The Sherp was there, and came back with some great highlights of the show.
From the get-go, opening act Oliver Rosa set the mood oto a steadily filling stadium with some really groovy tunes to boot. With plenty of activities going on in the box office (entrance) section, the rather young crowd were seen trying each one out, as they killed time for the bigger acts to follow.
There was no compromise on bass throughout the duration of the show. The sound was on point, and the organization and event coordination at every level was top notch. Although we wouldn’t say there were a wide array of genres on show, it was still brilliant to see how “Future House”, made popular by the likes of Oliver Heldens and Tchami, was received by the public as a whole.
Gregor Salto’s set was mighty impressive, and Wiwek introduced the Indian contingent to some fine blockbusters from his Jungleterror EP. As expected, the visuals perfectly kept up the energy levels, most notably the animated Gorilla clips that kept the crowd entertained. By about 9pm, each and every general pass was sold out, and the stadium was packed with a sea of bodies waiting for their man of the moment to arrive.
Afrojack’s set included not only music from the prestigious members of his label, but also plenty of his own tracks that have become a part of the EDM DNA. “Take Over Control”, “Rock The House” echoed through the venue, and what was really fascinating to witness was how much they loved listening to it. Afrojack also went on to mention how he loved coming back to India, and dropped two unreleased tracks with David Guetta as well as newly crowned DJ Mag rulers, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.
The night ended with a gigantic confetti shower, and the Smirnoff Experience’s second outing at the NSCI Dome, proved to be another blockbuster. The Sherp cannot wait for the next one.