Kaskade's Atmosphere Tour: The Most Satisfying EDM Arena Show Ever

Photo by George Martinez
Check out Crossfade's full 53-photo slideshow from Kaskade's Atmosphere tour in Miami.

Kaskade's Atmosphere Tour
With Amtrac and Late Night Alumni
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Saturday, September 14, 2013

Better Than: Any DJ in any arena we've ever seen.

As electronic dance music rises in popularity, a lot of DJ-producers lower the bar. Many succumb to gimmicks or let flashy lightshows take over while musicality and originality fall to the wayside. It's a real problem for those of us with higher standards, but after Saturday night's performance from Kaskade, we slept soundly, knowing certain superstars will never give up.

He's not the first to play an arena show, but he's the first to do it right. Kaskade has been working sine February to create the perfect visual accompaniment to his musical journey, and the result is an all-encompassing, 360-degree game changer. It's not that Kaskade's show floods the arena, it makes the experience feel intimate, and it couldn't be executed anywhere else.

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Photo by George Martinez
Check out Crossfade's full 53-photo slideshow from Kaskade's Atmosphere tour in Miami.

From beginning to end, Kaskade has created the perfect experience. We arrived just as doors opened, but got caught up talking to our good friend Lady Casa, helping her pose for pictures with excited youngsters and kandi kids of all ages. We walked into the stadium seats just as openers and frequent Kaskade collaborators Late Night Alumni sang the last chords of their finishing song, the crowd roaring as they said their thank yous and goodnights.

Almost immediately, Amtrac began pumping out the big bass grooves from a smaller stage near the rear of the arena's ground floor. It must have been the largest crowd he's played to so far. The up-and-coming artist, who proudly calls Miami his home base, seemed like a left-field choice for Kaskade's arena tour, but there couldn't have been a better selection.

It's almost unfair, really. Amtrac not only entertained the young Kaskade fanatics, he educated them. The lanky man bobbed in all black, teasing the crowd with the rare familiar remix and pushing them forward with the darkest, hippest grooves they've probably ever heard. It was thrilling to see this guy rock the arena-sized crowd, bringing the fans to their feet with big builds and deep drops.

But arena shows are on tight curfews. So by 9:45, it was time for Amtrac to receive his thunderous applause and make room for the headliner. And as the opening lyrics of "Floating" rang through the room, blue lights began to glow and a mysterious smoke hung in the air. The crowd members pushed their way to the front and flocked from the halls into their seats.

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Location Info


American Airlines Arena

601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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Angel Acevedo
Angel Acevedo

yes. yes he does. The show was spectacular! Such a great experience! My only complaint was all the annoying middle schoolers in neon. Good God!

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