[News] Cosmic Opera Act 2 @ Hammerstein Ballroom NYC Review

Last month, House4DJ had the opportunity to go to a brand new show in New York City called Cosmic Opera. Seperated into three acts, Act 1 had performances by NO_ID, Deniz Koyu, Thomas Gold, and Axwell. The second Act from this past weekend featured different artists: Funkagenda, Felix Cartal, Zedd, and Fedde Le Grand! Dubbed as the Imbroglio portion of an opera, Act 2 was designed to bring more intensity and charged emotion. With the promise of being Bigger, Louder, and Bolder, did Act 2 deliver more than Act 1?

The immense room at Hammerstein was set up the same way as Act 1, however, the gigantic chandelier which made a return was quite different. Instead of the different layers of the chandelier rotating and changing with the lasers, it actually became a claw that descended on to the audience: wild! Another change to the venue were two runways that extended along the sides of the dance floor. Throughout the night, dancers and actors in elaborate costumes would take to these runways and put on shows. This new feature immersed the audience into the show even more than as seen with Act 1, although the actors would still mingle in the crowd to make you feel like part of the show. The last major change was to the stage itself. Rather than keeping the pipe organ look from last time, the stage and surrounding decorations in the venue took to a “steam punk” look, which worked really well. It made the venue seem almost post-apocalyptic, and the costumes the actors wore were really a sight to behold.

In the beginning of the show, Funkagenda warmed up the crowd, dropping bombs like Mark Knight’s remix to Florence and The Machine’s huge hit You’ve Got The Love, as well as the Michael Woods remix to his own track Shinjuku, which drove the crowd wild. As with Act 1, in between sets, performances were put on. At the end of Funkagenda’s set, two actors took to the stage, and put on headdresses engulfed in flames. They lit the runways on fire as they walked down them, as well as eating and breathing fire, all of this to some epic classical music.  A female acrobat dressed in steam punk garb took to chains in the middle of the crowd and started swinging from the ceiling, while more actors and actresses in costume took to the stage. Dancers soon lined the runways in a well choreographed dance. As the music changed to the Edvard Greig classical piece In The Hall Of The Mountain King, to Zedd fans it could only mean one thing: Dovregubben!

Zedd soon took the stage, escorted by actresses in awesome attire, and getting into the booth, the dancers and the emotion built up into the drop of Dovregubben that we all know and love! Zedd drove the crowd wild with bomb after bomb, showing off his latest track Shotgun, as well as Shave It,  Stars Come Out, and the rest of his hits! Several IDs were also played, confirmed by Zedd to be his newest tracks, which can also be heard in his set from last month’s Ultra Music Festival. Some of his new mash-ups like Slam The Door vs Cinema were also played, and the crowd never stopped moving. We were personally very excited to see Zedd again, as his limitless energy and knack for driving the crowd wild gets better every time. This young producer is definitely someone to keep an eye on!

As Zedd’s set came to a close, everyone started screaming, knowing who was about to take the stage next. More actors took to the runways and stage, along with the dancers, while a violinist performed on stage. Eventually it became clear that he was playing So Much Love, as the DJ booth expanded with a larger background, and Fedde Le Grand made his appearance, soon taking the spotlight with So Much Love as we had seen when Axwell took the stage with In My Mind. It was a moment to remember for sure. Fedde’s set included many of his hits, including the new Turn It, as well as the more recent remix of Coldplay’s Paradise. Playing other tracks like Benny Benassi’s House Music, as well as Martin Solveig’s Hello, and plenty of mash-ups throughout the night kept the fans going.

All in all, Cosmic Opera Act 2 delivered. Unfortunately, House4DJ only attended the first night, so we weren’t able to see Felix Cartal, but from what we saw, the talent really worked well with the stage shows and steam punk theme. The show was indeed bigger, louder, and bolder, as promised. From the decorations to the actors, and the lights and sound, everything was an improvement! The staff at House4DJ is patiently waiting for the final Act of Cosmic Opera, as we can only imagine how this epic series of a show will go out: with a bang, for sure!

Credit Photo: Cosmic Opera


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