The international dance music phenomenon Sensation made it’s grand return to New York City last Saturday, October 26, with Ocean Of White, and as if the massive dance party wasn’t spectacular enough, it was also the celebration of a very special milestone – Sensation’s 100th show! Featuring music from house superstars Fedde Le Grand, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Nic Fanciulli, and Sensation resident Mr. White, the extraordinary experience was unlike anything the Barclays Center has ever seen before (except, perhaps, for last year’s Sensation Innerspace)! Thankfully House4DJ had the opportunity to attend this monumental event, so continue on for our post-event coverage!
For those unfamiliar with Sensation, the dance event originated in the Netherlands over a decade ago and was the creation of event organizer ID&T. Since its tremendous growth and success throughout Europe, Sensation has visited locations across the globe, throughout Asia, more recently South Africa, and now on its second course throughout the United States! Last year, the US got to experience Sensation for the first time with the amazing Innerspace party series at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, so what better destination for the 100th show in the US then the place where it all started here an exact year ago?
Although the locations change, the principle does not – Sensation offers one of the most immersive, mind-blowing, and other-worldy experiences that the dance music scene has to offer. The party theme may also change – this time we witnessed the nocturnal sea life of Ocean Of White, last year the spiritual Innerspace, and we have yet to see the unifying and energetic Source Of Light, the sensual and emotional Wicked Wonderland, and the newest series, the seductive Into The Wild! One thing also remains the same – you will always find the crowd completely dressed in white!
Kicking off Ocean Of White at the Barclays Center was Sensation’s own resident Mr. White, who played a groovy house set while bubble blowing performers took the stage. The transformation of the Barclays Center for Ocean Of White was breathtaking. Coral TV screens and gigantic white jellyfish hovered over the crowd and surrounded the gigantic stage in the center of the arena, which was surrounded by fountains, canals of flowing water, pyrotechnics, lasers, and catwalks for performers. The DJ booth also spun in complete circles so no matter where fans were standing in the arena, they would always have the chance to see the DJ, each of whom’s sets could be heard through a state of the art sound system!
House legend Nic Fanciulli took the stage next, and he really fired up and worked the crowd with an hour long set of straight, sexy house. The spectacle continued on stage with mermaids and balloon performers on the catwalk, as well as giant LED balls falling from the ceiling. The dark blue lighting was constant around the main stage, and shimmering water appeared on screens around the arena, which played well for the ocean theme, contributing to an underwater electronic music experience unlike any other!
Up next was the dynamic house duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, who have been a force to be reckoned with in the dance music scene as well as constant additions to Sensation’s global events! Amsterdam’s own, Sunnery and Ryan brought the energy in the room to a higher level, dropping bangers like their recent Size Records collab with Nicky Romero S.O.T.U. mashed up with the famous riff of Pendulum’s The Island, as well as their collab with Erick Morillo, Harry “Choo Choo” Romero, and Jose Nunes’ Jungle Blood vs Afrojack & Steve Aoki’s No Beef acapella, while performers using jellyfish umbrellas twirled around the fountains. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano kept wowing us with tracks like Bob Sinclair’s Sea Lion Woman vs Joe Brunning’s Now Let Me See You Work, classic vocal acapellas like Fatboy Slim’s Star 69 and Red Carpet’s Alright, and of course, their own original mix Lethal Industry with the classic Fragma’s Toca Miracle acapella!
The crowd was then given a special 20 minute segment called Pressure – The Mix. This no-holds-barred spectacle pulled all the stops, from a heavy barrage of lasers, fireworks, fire, confetti, and pyrowheel performers dangling in the air shooting off and spinning giant sparklers, all to Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up, Faithless’ Insomnia, and Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. Eventually the final introduction for the final set of the night was made for headliner Fedde Le Grand!
Sensation alumni and house legend Fedde Le Grand dropped an awesome straight house set fueled by dirty electro, sexy beats, and his own personal original mixes and bootlegs. Opening the set with his own remix of his collab with Mr. V called Back & Forth, Fedde immediately had the crowd riled up and kept us dancing non-stop throughout the entire set. Bootlegs like Fedde Le Grand vs M.A.N.D.Y. & Booka Shade vs Justice & Simian – Body Metrum Friends (Arno Cost Bootleg) and Fedde’s own mashup of his collab with Nicky Romero Sparks vs Julian Jordan & Sander Van Doorn’s Kangaroo had us going wild. We especially loved hearing Fedde’s remix to Coldplay’s Paradise (all the lights had come on and the stage was lit up bright white, so to see the crowd in all white going wild to this was an amazing sight), and Fedde Le Grand showed nothing but love to his Flamingo label mates by supporting their tracks throughout the entire set, like Jewelz & Scott Sparks’ White Sun, Marco V’s Sunset BLVD, and Jewelz & Scott Sparks’ Flashbang with Oasis’ Wonderwall vocal. Throughout the set, sensual dancers did a choreographed number in the fountains, and fire, pyrotechnics, and lasers were constant, creating such an energy that the closing of the set felt abrupt, as the party could have gone on for hours longer if only possible!
The successful US tour of Sensation’s Ocean Of White has reached its end after an amazing run throughout the country, with stops in Oakland, Las Vegas, Miami, and last but not least, New York – the 100th show! The United States having now witnessed both Sensation Innerspace and Ocean Of White, we can only guess on which version of the show we may hopefully see next year! Keep your eyes and ears open for more Sensation news and updates!
Congratulations ID&T and Sensation on your 100th show!
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sensation