I am sure to get trashed by all the euphoric Shpongloids out there, mind you I am one of them, but I must comment….
The DJ Set completely bashes the essence of Shpongle. If you are a Shpongle nut and want to experience Shpongle on steroids….Bass Bashing steroids…. this is the trip. And it is worth it mind you for what that is - I had a great time, but the DJ set is not remotely close to the what you hear on disc.
If you go thinking you are going to actually hear the awesome great intricate soundscapes and musicality of Shpongle in this DJ set….. ain’t happening. Its a bass bashing beat driving ear thumping version of Shpongle and in my opinion, this is noteworthy. Its different, its not, in my opinion what makes Shpongle great.
I would gladly pay thrice the ticket price to see Sphongle play a venue that can honor his music.
I was also surprised to see the average age attending this concert. I would have thought an older crowd, or some older folks. Seems like 24 was the average or so. This probably why Shpongle amped the bass/beat… the crowd was young and for the most part they only care about the mosh.
The black light dancers…... I can say that it wasn’t expected so I can’t be too harsh, but I am a performer and choreographer myself, and with the exception of a few gimmicks with the glow in dark shapes…. they just moved around. There was virtually no choreography. I could (serious comment) do so much more with this. I was yawning through most of the black art stuff. Great idea, great costumes, great potential,,,, what they did with it was a real yawner.
Summary…. beware. If you want hallucinogen style Shpongle, go. but be prepaired for something loud that will rearranges your innards, not journeys to far away places in your mind.