STEVE AOKI // O2 ACADEMY, GLASGOW

STEVE AOKI FINISHES HIS SOLD OUT "KOLONY" UK TOUR IN GLASGOW

  STEVE AOKI PERFORMING AT GLASGOW'S O2 ACADEMY - 30.1.2018  PICTURE BY: PAUL STORR PHOTOGRAPHY

STEVE AOKI PERFORMING AT GLASGOW'S O2 ACADEMY - 30.1.2018
PICTURE BY: PAUL STORR PHOTOGRAPHY

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As soon as we enter the venue tonight London's Wide Awake have already got the party started. Although the crowd is sparse with everyone still filtering in, they do well in getting those here moving. 

Crowd interaction plays a big part in their set, with members CJ Beatz and Jordan Crisp launching out free t shirts to encourage everyone to move forward and get involved.

Main support tonight comes from Bermuda's Noise Cans. Mashing up Caribbean beats with modern day electronic sounds, the now bouncing venue gives them the energy they deserve.
 
With dancers clothed in Noise Cans outfits (who turn out to be exotic dancers upon removal of the outfits) and an amazing presence of their members, they stand out for more than just their music. 

Highlight of their set comes in a superb mash up of Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" and Sia's "Cheap Thrills"

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Steve Aoki takes to the stage, and if we thought the crowd were wild for Noise Cans, we were blown away by the energy they poured out for the man himself. 

Opening with his remix of "Utai IV Reawakening" (famously used in the Ghost in the Shell movie soundtrack), Steve bounces along with everyone and you can tell that this is a man who is enjoying his performance just as much as his crowd. 

We get a touching tribute to the late, great Chester Bennington when he performs his remix of "One More Light", which is accompanied by many videos of him with Chester and the rest of Linkin Park being displayed on the giant screen behind him.

The audience don't let up at all the whole evening, with the O2 Academy becoming a sweaty mess of bodies flying everywhere, cutting shapes and dancing to their hearts content. 

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Newest release, the "Kolony" EP, is played in full along with Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike's "Crowd Control" which sees two crowd members pulled up to dance along the stage with Steve Aoki, one of which has a Kolony tattoo on his leg that he gets to show off to Steve. 

The highlight of any Steve Aoki set always comes in the playing of "Cakeface", and in typical fashion during the song Steve throws cakes (cleverly branded with his 'Dim Mak' record label name) into the wanting bodies of the sold out venue. 

Overall, the night is one huge party and if you ever get the chance to catch Steve Aoki live, make sure you bounce along!  

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PHOTOS AND REVIEW BY: PAUL STORR PHOTOGRAPHY