Wolfgang Gartner & the Chainsmokers at South Pointe, July 3, 2011 (review)
We know that pretty much every summer weekend is special in its own right, but Fourth of July weekend is just one to usually take the cake. In a celebration of all things red, white, and blue, we Yankees wave our flags, eat our hotdogs, and of course, rage harder than ever. American DJ Wolfgang Gartner came to the Hamptons Sunday July 3rd, and brought his deep house talents to South Pointe. The night also featured the stylings of the Chainsmokers, proving once again why this is still our favorite place to pop bottles and enjoy good music anywhere on Long Island. We’ve got a sneaking suspicion we’re not alone in this feeling — read along after the break to find out why.
When we arrived around midnight, the line outside South Pointe was completely bonkers, with what looked to be hundreds of Hamptonites trying to get into the Southampton lounge. When we finally got in, we were greeted by the NY-based DJ’ing duo, the Chainsmokers. Alex Pall and Rhett Bixler were spinning nothing but bangers, and it had us feeling good about the night ahead of us. The Axwell / Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike remix to “One Look,” had the club bouncing, but then a bootleg of “Zero 76” with the ever-present “We Are Your Friends” acapella, had everyone singing along.
We ventured out of the dimly lit interior onto the deck for a bit to catch some fresh air, but the bangers from the Chainsmokers did not let up. Dennis Ferrer’s “Hey Hey,” “My Feelings For You,” “Leave The World Behind,” and “Nothing But Love For You,” all got some airplay before the Chainsmokers burnt out. Still, it was a very creative bootleg of the Tristan Garner / Gregori Klosman “Bounce” track that flowed seamlessly into Calvin Harris’ track of the same name that made us go, “wow.”
Finally the main attraction took to the turntables, and from the the minute his SD cards were inserted, we knew he meant business. The opening sequence to “Space Junk” blared through the potent South Pointe sound system, and instantly heads started bobbing to the 129 BPM bassline. After a few more unnamed tracks, he dropped a bomb in the form of Axwell’s “Heart Is King,” before the Adrian Lux & Blende remix to Roger Sanchez’ new track “Worldwide.”
South Pointe has billed itself as a music-oriented venue, and our experiences there for Avicii and Steve Aoki prove that those who frequent it definitely feel the same. That photo above is one of the largest bottles we’ve ever seen, and yes, it was carried out by a man in a Superman costume and females in boxing gloves. To celebrate, “Illmerica,” arguably Wolfgang’s most popular track, played through the enormous speakers and the bottle was uncorked. We’ll be honest when we tell you that many of the tracks dropped that night were new to us, but the club’s reaction was beyond what we could’ve imagined. The hits did surface as the night progressed, with singalong tracks like “Show Me Love,” and “Music Sounds Better With You.” No Wolfgang, music sounds better when you’re spinning it.
The set continued on into the early hours of the morning, and the entire club went strong as the music (and alcohol) continued to flow. His latest collaboration with Will.I.Am, “Forever,” was a big hit, and it’s definitely one of those tracks you can’t really appreciate until you’re in a party setting. The last song we could ID was Chuckie’s “Let The Bass Kick,” which was certainly a great way to go out with a bang.
It took a true American to do the Fourth of July justice, and Wolfgang Gartner did just that in the Hamptons this year. The Chainsmokers were an excellent opening act — how can we even call them that? — and did an awesome job of pumping the crowd up in preparation for the Wolfgang. One thing is for sure though: this weekend in the Hamptons was one not to forget — but if you did, we’ve got tons more photos available on our Facebook page to, uh, refresh your memory.