Beer, Babes and Bass Drops at Hydnation Tour 2014
What better way to spend a Friday and kick off the winter holidays than to celebrate on the dance floor to the discographies of Two-9, Curtis Williams, GTA, and Flosstradamus. About 800+, who agreed, put on their dancing shoes and made their way to Danforth Music Hall for the only Canadian stop of the Hydnation Tour.
Bass lovers, expecting to hear a little bit of everything involving a deep beat were not disappointed with Curtis Williams and Two-9 dropping the bass pretty early and often. You could clearly tell all in attendance caught the itch to get down on the dance floor.
After Curtis Williams and Two-9’s set, bright lights, and thumping beats ensued as GTA took over behind the decks.
It appeared everyone’s first task of the night was to find the perfect dance spot. As “It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time” played, many settled down in front; scanning the audience?dancing, bouncing, and gyrating had already begun.
Some appeared surprised by the song selection being played during the set. The first of three music surprises came when the crowd got into the groove as “Dirty Vibe”, “Crazy Frog”, “Summer” by Calvin Harris and the “Stanky Legg” by GS Boyz, resonated from the speakers. When the concert goers settled into a nice dancing rhythm, they dropped Thugli’s remix of “Boy Oh Boy”.
The second surprise came when “Watch Out” by Doctor P followed shortly after. The night was turning into a musical lane loaded with unexpected turns.
The third surprise of the night came as “Calabria 2007” (which hasn’t been spun in ages) was heard over the speakers. The audience continued to dance without a care while GTA continued with their set. Curiosity struck as to what other tracks would be played since their self-described style is death to genres.
“No Flex Zone”, M.I.A’s “Paper Planes”, Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” were woven into the set. GTA wrapped up the seamless mix around 9:40 p.m. to a thunderous applause.
A brief intermission began with the speakers teasing the crowd with Flosstradamus and Diplo’s remix of Climax. Two, three…six, seven songs passed and some in the audience grew restless while they waited for the evening’s headliner. And just like that, the music stopped, the house lights went down. It’s now just past 10 p.m., shadowy figures are seen in darkness as two images emerge clad in body armour and balaclavas…it’s J2K and Autobot!
Without warning, white lights illuminate the stage with such intensity that you almost wish you had brought sunglasses. The sub-bass kick in and Flosstradamus drops “Mosh Pit” to open their set. An actual mosh pit began soon after. The blinding stage lighting goes dismissed as all who were in attendance appeared to be completely entranced by J2k? relishing in a state of heavenly bliss as the bass dropped.
After a song or two, the mosh pit dwindled and settled into mild slam dancing. While looking out over the sea of people from the balcony, Rusko’s remix of “Pro Nails” began playing. It was an awe-inducing sight as hundreds of bodies danced amongst lights and lasers.
The show took a retro turn as the duo decided to go old school with Nightwatch dropping “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”, followed by Baauer’s remix of “Rollup”, and “Original Don”, played in succession. Original Don appeared to reboot the crowd with a burst of sonic energy?swaying in unison to “Tell Me” by What So Not and bouncing to the beats of RL Grime.
The beats were abundant: Floss’ latest track “A Milli”, Thugli’s “What happened”, Grand Theft & Keys N Krates’ “Keep it 100”, “Get Low” by Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz, Dillon Francis & DJ Snake’s “Get Low”, the Nightwatch remix of “Choosing You”, and new tracks from Flosstradamus and GTA played during the 90 minute set.
Bottles of water sprayed on the crowd early and often amplifying the energy in the hall; however, around 11pm the crowd thinned out significantly as many left to make their way to the after party at The Hoxton with HRMXNY and Pusher.
Flosstradaums and GTA would join the revelries later where they spun back-to-back. Flosstradamus could hear encore chants and in the darkness of the stage, hollers “Toronto, that’s F**cking weak, you gotta drop better than that if you want me to come back out”?the dedicated crowd roars as loud as they can.
Flosstradamus remerges with a wardrobe change of a red shirt and black sweats, telling all who are still in attendance that he wants to do a wall of death. For those questioning this notion, what were you expecting from a duo who has a song called “Mosh Pit”?
The sore creeping in from dancing, moshing and taking part in the wall of death was felt, and we couldn’t help but ask “was it worth it?” The answer is an unwavering “hell yes!” as we wait for Flosstradamus to make their way back to Toronto.
Story by Natalia Toussaint Photos by Ftfphotography