"Sweet Memories" Made at Kaskade's High Energy "Spring Fling" Show Last Night
“Can you turn it down?” would not be a question voiced by those in attendance at Kaskade’s second evening at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom last night, the “Turn It Down” producer’s metropolitan appearance the second installment of his “Spring Fling” tour, an initiative that kicked off in Washington, D.C.’s Echostage venue on May 12th. A “mini” tour spanning six cities—Washington, New York, Toronto, Honolulu, Seattle, and Chicago—Spring Fling is slated for a Chicago based conclusion on June 17th.
Featuring an array of support, including the likes of CID, Darrius, Illenium, Jonas Blue, Medasin, Ookay, and Ravell, the Spring Fling tour was swift in its ticket sales, with Washington and New York dates selling out almost immediately upon the tour’s announcement. Secondary dates were added in several of the listed cities to meet fans’ ticket demands.
Preceded by “Say It” remixer, Illenium, in his performance, Kaskade followed up Tuesday’s sold out show at Hammerstein Ballroom with an immersive and energetic Wednesday show. “You all came out in the middle of the week!” the DJ exclaimed as he climbed up a level to stand on the decks, microphone in hand, as the lyrics to “Something Something Champs” unfolded behind him. The Spring Fling organizer spared no energy as he jumped to the beat in sync with his fans clustered on the floor as the track exploded in a masterfully produced drop, laser beams shooting, and smoke cannons erupting in time with the drop.
Somewhat of a “greatest hits” mini tour, Kaskade catered to audience veterans by dropping tried and true hits from his arsenal of taste making tunes. Opening with the Ilsey collaboration, “Disarm You,” Kaskade followed an electrifying initiation to the evening with songs that may now be considered his classics: “Last Chance,” “We Don’t Stop,” "Never Sleep Alone," “I Remember,” and “Us.” The DJ was notable for his incorporation of remixes into the set, weaving his rendition of Galantis’s smash hit, “Runaway (U & I),” his re-imagination of Late Nite Alumni’s “Love Song,” and an upbeat take on The Weeknd’s “Starboy," among his older tracks.
Kaskade took long time fans back with 2014 Thomas Sagstad/Morning Parade collab, “Under The Stars,” then “fast forwarded” two years to drop “Jorts Ftw.”
Of the many crown moments of the two-hour set—Kaskade took the decks at 9 pm, extending his play until 11 pm—was the show’s closing mashup, an innovative coupling of Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash, and John Martin’s EDM staple, “Reload,” with the emotive throwback, “Eyes.” The crowd sang the beat of Reload as the mashup mounted, culminating in a drop amplified in quality by the confetti cannons and pyrotechnic displays that launched, raining down on the crowd deeply engrossed in the vibe of the Spring Fling show, as images of eyes flashed brightly in the background.
Consider us “disarmed.”