During the four-city fall tour, Sensation celebrated it’s 100th show! The all white party concert hailing from Europe made a stop in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Normally less emphasized DJ talent, Sensation seeks to create a full experience using their own concept. Don’t even think about showing up in anything but white clothes!
With Halloween approaching, New York has big events going on everywhere, which means the competition for attention is fierce. While the floor was closed off by 11 pm, the attendance was underwhelming. The stage was packed with tweeting, facebook posting fans, there was obvious room to move. The stadium seating had plenty of room to move but so many of these people who paid over $100 were just sitting. The New York crowd was more dressy than anticipated though. Of course the ravers had their all white gear but the majority of crowd seemed to look like they were on their way to the Hamptons. The room had a unique look, especially considering this is the Northeast post-Labor Day.
The center of the room had a giant orb-jellyfish thing hanging from the ceiling. Obviously there was a decent amount invested in creating this giant white ocean theme in the middle of Fall. Other than the knowledge that it was a “sea” instead it felt like a more frosted approach would be a more fitting title. Granted the shooting fountains in the middle of the runway with women that had their heads stuck in a giant orb bubble kept to the water feel. The crowd in the stadium seating had less impressive production, absolutely none. It seemed like the two different areas, main floor and seating, had no engagement. The stage dancers seemed to be doing their own thing too! The jellyfish dance was not really a dance so much as a wave of an umbrella with streamers and call it choreography. Did their walk across stage mix with the music? Not that you could tell.
The lack of engagement was obvious in other areas of the event. All of the Barclays Center staff seemed to be on an entirely different schedule than the event. Of course this is in no way saying that the staff wasn’t doing their job! The security kept everyone secure. The crowd didn’t seem like they were all that immature anyways.. sure there where line cutters and a crying drunk teen, but thats all part of dealing with the public.
Ironically, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano’s first major lyrical drop echoed the words, “back to the sound of the underground!” Sensation is about as underground as “Levels”. Despite hearing “Clarity” for the billionth time this season, the set turned to a booming trance vibe and kept going until Gareth Emery situated himself in his musical throne above the crowd.
Sensation is a quality event. The sound is fantastic. Punctuality and visual art is top notch! The expertise of the event is obvious, if only more large scale American parties were this well dressed. This is the second year that the same theme has come to Brooklyn. Will next year bring another repeat? Lets switch it up: Sensation Black.
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