Published on July 11th, 2012 | by EDMinsider5
Review: Made Event Pres. Dash Berlin & Tritonal at Governors Beach Club NYC 6/30/12
The energy on Governor’s Island last Saturday night was simply out of this world. That is the only way I can describe the magical night that occurred in one sentence. Everyone who was in attendance was privileged to hear a three-hour and extremely versatile set by none other than the legendary Dash Berlin. From the crowd screaming every lyric of Above & Beyond’s “Sun & Moon” to Jonathan Mendelsohn’s live appearance for “Better Half of Me” and “World Falls Apart” the energy on Governor’s Island was almost concrete.
Zack Roth unfortunately did not get enough attention as he started the evening off for us. He spun an interesting set, which included a lot of deep house and trance-y beats to get us pumped up for the night. I would love to get the opportunity to see him spin as the headliner for an event because I think it would be superb.
Following Roth, Tritonal fired the crowd up from the moment they took the stage. We were front-and-center as they tore up the tent with their classic mix of trance and progressive house. The duo was all smiles as they spun for us and watched our reactions to each track they layed down. They have an amazing amount of crowd interaction (Tritonal sent me a heart, whatever, its not a big deal) as they threw out a Trance Family flag to the crowd and wore someone’s sunglasses. People cried (i.e. “Language”), people danced their heart out and by the time they were closing the stage for Dash Berlin I was already satisfied with the night.
Dash Berlin blessed us with three hours of trance heaven starting at 9:00 PM. Although I am clearly an over-emotional person, I was obsessed with the fact that he carried his anthem “Waiting” throughout the whole set. Yes, I cried when he opened AND closed with it. No, I am not ashamed of it. On top of this, he mixed in the killer remix of “Waiting” by W&W.
Although three hours of trance might seem to get boring, Dash Berlin did plenty to mix his set up. He included some progressive house classics that fit the vibe of the event perfectly, like “In My Mind,” “Fade Into Darkness (Albin Myers Remix),” and the “Fix You” vs. “Pressure” bootleg. He dropped spattered the set with dirty electro-house and dubstep. At the end of the day, I do not think it would have been possible for me to be sadder when his set ended.
The event’s strongest points:
- The crowd. No matter where I turned, I could have probably introduced myself to anyone and struck an immediate friendly conversation. People said, “Excuse me” when they tried to move past you in the crowd. None of my friends were creeped on by meatheads looking for a hookup. Although I arrived on the island with only four friends, I feel as though I left the island with at least twenty. Even when the show was over and people were rushing to get off the island, the line was much more bearable with no one pushing or trying to cut ahead.
- The venue. This goes without saying but I do not ever think I will be able get over how great it is being on the island. It cuts you off from the world and you can simply escape all of your cares or concerns. The tables in the back of the beach are amazing, the beach is amazing, the view is amazing, and the ability to move between the tent and the rest of the island is amazing.
The event’s weakest point:
- Security- Yes, I believe it is INCREDIBLY important to have a safe space when it comes to events like this but security seemed short of ridiculous at points last Saturday. One of my friends was simply opening her bag (that’s not an unusual thing to do) to get some gum and ultimately was surrounded by three security guards who decided to search her entire bag (which there was nothing illicit in). Obviously drugs can be a safety concern at any EDM event, but if you are not behaving outwardly suspicious it seems ridiculous to be searched on the spot. Overall, it is better to be safe than sorry, which is an essential at these events.
If you were not lucky enough to see Dash Berlin in New York last weekend, I cannot urge you enough to catch his set at Electric Zoo on Day 3 in September. It is an experience that you will not regret. And finally, I want to take this moment to challenge the venues of New York City to make more large-scale trance events for the Big Apple, because they WILL be successful. I could not be more excited to return to Governor’s Island for Gareth Emery next month, but you can catch Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Beach on July 14th with EDX, Paige, Sultan and Ned Shepard, and Manuel de la Mare. Don’t miss the EDM Insider preview!
Article by: Daniel Shaw