Fedde Le Grand at Nocturnal Wonderland Day 1: 5 tracks you need to know
Fedde Le Grand’s year has been, well, grand. Over the last 12 months, he has come out with a string
of new tracks like “Running,” “Autosave” and many many more. Fedde closed the first night of this year’s Nocturnal Wonderland in spectacular fashion, and luckily Dancing Astronaut was there to bring you the tracks you need to know about.
Fedde’s set, which followed solid performances from Avicii and Dirty South, was undoubtedly the highlight of Nocturnal’s first night. The show was a nice mix of past and present, featuring some cool edits of recent hits (like Martin Solveig’s “Hello” and Steve Angello, Max Vangeli and AN21’s edit of Pendulum’s “The Island”) along with EDM classics (including the Chemical Brothers’ “Hey Boy Hey Girl” and Zombie Nation’s “Kernkraft 400”). From the time he took to the decks at midnight to his final song at 2AM, Fedde had the crowd rocking — a perfect end to a memorable Friday night.
Florence and the Machine singer Florence Welch has one of the most recognizable voices in the music industry today, and we just can’t get enough of her vocals on EDM tracks. Mark Knight’s remix is incredibly housey, and Fedde dropped it early on in his set, setting the tone for the rest of the night.
Side note: we were lucky enough to see the legendary Mark Knight on Saturday at Nocturnal’s smallest stage, Upside Down Room, and as great as Fedde was, we’d have to say the Toolroom Records boss put on by far the best performance at the entire festival.
We’ve heard Dirty South’s club mix of “Coming Home” ad nauseum at festivals this year, but Fedde was able to add some freshness to his set by opting for Paul Klyde’s bootleg.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are an institution here in Southern California, and Fedde had the crowd singing at the top of its lungs when he dropped this. We’ve heard the track played by Steve Angello at EDC 2011 as well as Tiësto at his Las Vegas residency, and it’s always nice to hear Anthony Kiedis’ familiar voice at an EDM show. This song has a nice, gradual build up, and the drop is funky as hell.
“Diamonds in the Sky” is a collaboration between Australian acts TV Rock and Hook N Sling. There’s something dramatic about the way this track keeps getting bigger and bigger with every loop, and the drop is truly something to behold booming out of festival speakers.
This is by far one of our favorite songs of the year, and it was the track we — and everyone else in the audience — were waiting for all night. As the vocals kicked in, fans all over the crowd raised their hands in the ‘love’ sign. This track is fun to hear, fun to dance to, and it was sure as hell fun to watch Fedde himself spin it live. Our only gripe was that he saved this for the very last song of the night, and was forced to cut it short as the clock struck 2AM.
Photos by Cameron Nehrer
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