Big Night Live secures bid as one of the East Coast’s choice venues [Review]
On the East Coast, Big Night Entertainment Group‘s Big Night Live is rapidly giving Boston reason to reign as a choice city for sonic excursions. Since opening in 2019, the 2,000-person music hall, complete with a VIP section and a central island bar along with several smaller bars, has attracted acts on electronic’s top ticket, and with live music back in action, Big Night Live is continuing its tradition of curatorial excellence. The weekend of August 20, Dancing Astronaut ventured to Big Night Live to experience the venue’s House of Blues-meets-vibrant nightclub character, catching sets from Tiësto and SIDEPIECE over the course of the weekend.
Upon entering the building, which Big Night Live shares with Guy Fieri’s renowned Tequila Cocina, guests are greeted by a gorgeous walkway accented with red crystal chandeliers, brick walls, and beautifully polished wooden floors that lead the way to the music hall. Once the double doors open, affording attendees access to the site, ticket holders can walk straight into a luxe U-shaped bar before moving further into the grandiosity that is Big Night Live.
In line with Big Night Live’s conceptually driven design—the space is “a tribute to the romance of intimate music halls and supper clubs of the past”—the venue features pod-style seating in swanky leather booths and a total of 24 VIP tables. Two mezzanines on each side of the stage provide another vantage point to watch from.
Dancing Astronaut‘s weekend at Big Night Live lifted off with a standout opening performance from Luis Torres, who properly set the stage for Tiësto’s jaw-dropping performance. As to be expected of a producer who’s played the main stage of virtually each important dance music event since the early 2000’s, Tiësto’s energy and expertise radiated from the decks, palpable as ever. Working through his early hits such as “Secrets” and “Red Lights” all the way through to more recent triumphs like “The Business,” Tiësto encapsulated years worth of work in a standard set time.
The following evening saw opening stints from partywithray and house dignitary Dillon Nathaniel, both of whom set the crowd on fire. As the night drew on and SIDEPIECE stepped on to the stage, the duo fed into ticket holders’ energy, their push to do so amplified by Big Night Live’s state-of-the-art Funktion One speakers. The set consisted of tons of fan favorites like “Acrobatic” and “Together,” not to mention upbeat R&B tracks from the early 2000’s and pop heaters from the likes of Billie Eilish and Tame Impala.
With more noteworthy performances coming up in September, including sets from Chris Lake, Zedd, Getter, and many more, electronic enthusiasts should take care to head to Big Night Live for an unforgettable evening of dance programming.
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