Finger Lickin’ at the Shrine Expo Hall lived up to the LED standard. Despite competition for attendance on the Memorial Day weekend with LED USA in San Diego, and many others hitting the road for Vegas, this highly anticipated event did not fail to deliver in production value, electrifying music and a young crowd filled with an inspiring level of energy. The event was headlined by Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike, alongside Wolf Pack, Vicetone, and other talented newcomers to the game.
The duo Vicetone launched the night’s festivities with hypnotizing vocals, soaring melodies and cheerful tones, providing an exceptionally rhythmic product which got the entire crowd bouncing. Despite the varied sounds among the other acts that night, the crowd which was very receptive.
Wolf Pack picked up where Vicetone left off, blasting some big room beats while sustaining high energy throughout. A highlight of the set was “Anubi” by Dannic vs Mark & Kremont which was a fresh track. Wolf Pack was a hard act to follow for the remainder of the night.
Next up, Caked Up. These guys are definitely from the new breed of EDM artists that sprung out of trap’s exploding popularity. The duo put out a genre-hopping, hype-loaded set that set the room off. High points: taking the stage to the theme from Harry Potter (biggest chills of the night, not even kidding), dropping What So Not’s – “Tell Me” (the infectious rolling bass on this song is something you can only appreciate on a big sound system) and slipping in classic 90s hip hop like “Jump Around”. It was a unique mix. For those really paying attention to detail, it seemed as though Caked Up put a great amount of preparation and creativity into their one-of-a-kind set.
All of these acts of course were only setting the stage for the belles of the ball- Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike. When they came on stage, it was readily apparent who the crowd saved their Saturday night for. These guys jumped around, spread their incredible energy to the crowd and made it clear they were going to ensure that everyone got their money’s worth when they jumped down to the crowd and poured Grey Goose into the gaping mouths of attendees. I got a mouthful of Grey Goose despite my best protests and saw first hand the amusing chaos which was Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike. They played their top-charting hits with crowd-pleasers like mashups of “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” and “Turn It Up”. They also dropped the recently released “Tremor” which is a collaboration with the ever-youthful Martin Garrix as they encouraged the crowd into one of the largest moshpits we’ve ever laid eyes on.
After this madness, Don Diablo distinguished himself with his dream sequence-esque tunes, and surprised us with some gnarly drops, changing the pace of the roller coaster of a night. Ultimately, if we had to define this party in one word it be this: Fun. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
Written By: Melba “Ghostface” Killa, EDM Videos – May 30th 2014 | Photography by Damien Boulat