Hi again. What a day it was! Another Ultra 20 one. At a time in which the Swedish House Mafia reunion is practically assured to happen on day 3, yesterday should not be forgotten, once more great moments wrote history. Here’s how things went down in Ultra Music Festival’s second chapter of 2018.
Once again, the sets we had on the livestreams were sliced through various stages. Just like yesterday, let’s start the review by Resistance. Between lots of names, the last 2 were the main highlight of the journey. Sam Paganini and Stephan Bodzin stole the show. Mainly the last one. The German artist, a part of techno royalty, broke the house down (or the spider, in this case), in a set upon which he only played productions of his, as it is usual in the performances of Herzblut Recordings owner.
On the Live Stage, the headliners were the ones to emphasize. Despite San Holo and Ookay’s performances weren’t broadcasted, Keys N Krates and the headliners of the stage were televised. They were G-Eazy and Tchami & Malaa. The first, currently on the spotlight due to his latest album “The Beautiful & The Damned”, was on a 10-minute showcase that turned up the crowd, whereas the French duo blew the roof off the place (an imaginary roof), closing both stage and livestream schedule in style with their well-known bassy productions.
Worldwide Stage also had lots of bass house. With a huge agenda, only 6 of the 12 performing artists got their set broadcasted on the livestream schedule. We saw Kris Kross Amsterdam, Nora En Pure, Frank Walker, Audien, Lost Kings and Cedric Gervais. The highlight goes to the first two due to bigger streaming times. The Dutch trio warmed up the dancefloor to their style, combining funky tropical beats with bold heavy drops, whilst the female DJ and Producer explored the deep house strand, appanage of hers, in a half-hour UMF TV good quality set.
And at last, the Mainstage. A lot of things happened, and lots of crowd reactions were forged in our memories. Firstly, and with a bit of Portuguese patriotism, we mention KEVU’s own João Rosário, who made an appearance on the grandest stage of the festival. On Mykris’ set, the Portuguese artist was there to promote the upcoming collaboration between the three. The moment sadly wasn’t broadcasted.
Moving on, Jauz’s set. The Shark Squad leader presented a huge performance, mixing classics sucha as “Animals”, “Internet Friends”, “Ghosts ‘n Stuff” and “Everytime We Touch” with modern productions, making one of the best sets of the day.
Following that up, we had the legendary Tiësto. With 49 years of age, he keeps playing in the big leagues. In a set within the expectations, we must highlight a new ID he played. The new song, premiered yesterday, follows the “Boom” style. We don’t know if it’s a collab with Sevenn too, but we surely know that is already making a fuzz on the internet due to its quality. Check the minute 36 of the video below.
The Dutch superstar, however, came up short when compared to The Chainsmokers. The much-famous American duo have been mostly criticized due to going to he pop/rock scene instead of the dance one but proved the critics wrong and certainly got some respect from the fans after combining their commercial releases with some hard dubstep and electro, within the dance spectre. They also got Matt McGuire’s sick drum to complete the bash.
And last but not least, Marshmello’s big surprise. He brought the one and only Will Smith on stage to perform the legendary hit “Miami”. Smith was the set’s biggest attraction. However, G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert and Slushii also made their mark on it, joining ‘Mello on stage.
And this was our list concerning Ultra’s second day. What additions would you make to it? Tell us if we forgot some unforgettable ones. But first, follow us on social media for more Ultra and dance music-related updates.