Gareth Emery delivers exclusive Laserface show at Amnesia Ibiza
After numerous outings in the US across many different cities, and even a brief preview at EDC Las Vegas 2019, Gareth Emery‘s spectacular Laserface show ventured across the waters back to his home continent for an exclusive performance. Announced back in March, the one-off show at the iconic Amnesia Ibiza club was always certain to be a huge night, but Emery and the LF team took things to a level that Amnesia hasn’t seen for a good few years, and brought a stellar night of trance-filled beats to the White Isle.
If the prospect of a laser show so monumental it takes a 50 strong team to co-ordinate wasn’t enough, then Emery took things up another level with the support acts. Bringing the legendary Sander van Doorn as special guest, joined by Standerwick, Sam Mitcham, and Nick The Kid, Amnesia was in for a treat. Choreographed by globally renowned lasers designer Anthony Garcia, the stage set up looked simple, with the laser systems built upon four cross-shaped structured behind the DJ booth, but what was to follow would blow any assumptions out of the water. Kicking the set off with his own track ‘Mezzanine‘, the breathtakingly pristine timing between the tracks – all mixed live – and the laser show was on point from the get go, and set a precedent for the following two hours. Emery didn’t hold back, dropping some thumping tracks early on from Cosmic Gate, Ruben De Ronde & Elevven, and even a cheeky bit of bass house from DJ Snake, Malaa, Mercer, and Tchami with ‘Made In France‘. The set continued to fluctuate between melodic spells and darker tones, but with the two complimenting themselves throughout to take the crowd on a real journey through sound.
Emery knew exactly what the crowd would want, bringing some Ibiza trance classics back in the form of Veracocha‘s ‘Carte Blanche‘, CRW‘s ‘I Feel Love‘ – via Omar Sherif‘s remix – and John O’Callaghan‘s remix of Emery’s ‘Concrete Angel‘, but the ultimate throw back was the short section dedicated to Keith Flint. The Prodigy front man died back in March 2019, and since then Gareth Emery’s sets have regularly featured tributes to the iconic performer, with Laserface being no different as ‘Smack My Bitch Up‘ and ‘No Good (Start The Dance)‘ came together in a mashup that elated the crowd. Penultimately dropping some UK hardcore in the form of a Darren Styles remix of Gareth Emery’s track ‘Lights & Thunder‘, the end of the set rolled around way too soon for the Amnesia crowd, who saw this emphatic laser-driven performance ended with one of Emery’s recent collaborations with close friend Ashley Wallbridge, titled ‘Kingdom United‘, taken from their collaborative album under the same name.
This was something on a level that Amnesia fans craved since the departure of Cream’s trance nights at the start of the 2018 season. Gareth Emery’s Laserface show momentarily rolled things back a few years, and was a welcome addition to the 2019 party calendar. To catch the entire set right now check out the video below, and if you want to grab some of the tracks from the set head to 1001 Tracklists for the full playlist.
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