On Friday, Nicky Romero graced the Tomorrowland mainstage with an impressive mix full of new music, mashups, edits fresh out of Instigate Studios (his home studio).
After performing on the “Smash The House” stage the previous weekend, it was interesting to see if Nicky was holding anything special back ready for his mainstage appearance on the Friday of Weekend 2. His recent sets had been full of ID’s and possible collaborations were rumoured. Upon one of the biggest stages in dance music, it was with no doubt he would reveal what some of these were.
As ever, Nicky kicked off his set with an emphatic intro mix, this time leading into his new fan-favourite “Here We Go (Hey Boy, Hey Girl)” with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. He then continued the madness with his compelling new mashup, combining the CYA remix of “Piece Of Year Heart” with 2014 Stadium X masterpiece “Howl At The Moon”. To our surprise, Nicky ventured into a spot of reggaeton, blending DJ Snake and J Balvin’s “Loco Contigo” sublimely with his very own anthem “Ring The Alarm” to see him off to a relentless start.
Blasting his recent releases “Ups & Downs” and “Paradise”, it wasn’t long until we were met with the first ID of the set, as he introduced a track he had also played back at Ultra Europe. It has every characteristic of a Protocol Recordings release, yet there is still no indication of who it’s by.
Further, into his set, we learned more of Romero’s upcoming collaborations. First, he introduced Dimitri Vegas to the mainstage to present their upcoming track rumoured to be named “Everybody Clap” and from here the ID-floodgates began to flow. Another fell into place as part of a mashup with Ed Sheeran and Khalid’s “Beautiful People”, and a possible collaboration with “Corey James” followed shortly after, both full to the brim with signature Nicky Romero energy. Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated ID of them all came to fruition as he brought out Mike Williams to enjoy the scrumptious melodies an upcoming single we can’t wait for.
As well as his own tracks, old and new, Romero made no mistake in displaying the hottest talents on his Protocol imprint, featuring the recent floor-fillers “Horizon” (Mosimann & Leandro Da Silva) and “READY FOR THE BEAT” (Styline & Mr. Sid & Dave Ruthwell).
Ever since the sad passing of Avicii last year, Nicky seeks to continue Tim’s legacy through his music. Of course, he never turns down the opportunity share “I Could Be The One” with every crowd, but it’s at the end of this sets where he has generated the most emotional and memorable moments in Tim’s memory. This time, he beautifully crafted the vocals of the timeless Avicii anthem “Without You” around his stunning progressive ID with Deniz Koyu. The mashup truly encapsulated what a special friendship Nick had Tim shared over the years, evident in the way that their music blended seamlessly together for such a touching finale.
To relive that remarkable moment and the rest of the Nicky Romero magic from the Tomorrowland mainstage, you can watch every minute below and you can find the tracklist here!