Damian Lazarus and Lee Burridge chart a spell-binding B2B set at Get Lost LA [Event Review]
On September 25, Get Lost returned to LA, taking to the legendary Park Plaza Hotel for a warm Sunday evening party. Get Lost, of course, refers to the famed event brand cultivated by Crosstown Rebels head honcho Damian Lazarus that has grown into a widely adored cornerstone of underground dance music. Revelers from across the world are drawn to Get Lost parties for their cutting-edge lineups, friendly atmospheres, and all-around psychedelic experiences.
The 2016 LA edition certainly delivered all of these elements and more. In fact, this version was particularly special due to the addition of All Day I Dream leader Lee Burridge who joined Lazarus for a 5-hour b2b set –the first time the two had done so together in years.
Entering the venue, guests were transported back in time to a visual experience that felt overwhelmingly ancient Grecian in nature. A cavernous lobby lined with intricately-painted wooden ceilings and filled with copious amounts of carpets and eclectic cushions provided a cool place to chill out and breathe, or socialize with their fellow music fans. The outside area was decorated in an equally decadent manner and covered in shade, making the extreme temperatures outside bearable.
Despite being a change of pace from the usual Egyptian Theater, Park Plaza Hotel proved equally formidable for hosting an event like Get Lost, and many could be overheard admiring the new layout.
Festivities began on a breezy note thanks to a live opening performance by LA-based duo Dance Spirit. Their set coursed through ethereal strings, smooth kicks, and lush percussion which were enhanced by the two adding in sound effects and fresh vocals as their music went on. Lee Burridge took the stage next, gently guiding the crowd into the sunset at first with his melodic grooves before the man of the hour arrived fashionably late at 6:30 to commence the true experience of ‘getting lost.’
The event’s headliners paired together as seamlessly as one might have imagined — their set was a perfect balance of Damian Lazarus’ edginess and Lee Burridge’s melodic clarity. As the day faded and darkness began taking over, the journey truly began. Brilliant, multicolored lasers cut through the night sky as throbbing, menacing techno and tech house pumped through the speakers. Suddenly, guests found themselves not so much in an ancient, calming setting, but rather a futuristic rabbit hole guided by sounds that gave off an almost apocalyptic feeling. Fans had indeed found themselves lost in the musical tapestry woven by the two titans.
All in all, Get Lost LA made for an exceptional Sunday house and techno affair. Damian Lazarus and the Crosstown rebels crew created an excellent experience all around, from the beautiful and well-planned décor to the stimulating music which dissolved social barriers. The party ended as sweetly as it began, leaving attendees with an afterglow that easily banished any Monday blues the next day.
Photos: L. Fisher for L.A.B. Studios