Sensation: Ocean of White in Miami Might Have Renewed Our Faith in EDM

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Check out Crossfade's full 80-photo slideshow from Sensation: Ocean of White at American Airlines Arena.

Sensation Ocean of White
With Fedde Le Grand, Nic Fanciulli, Prok & Fitch, and Mr. White
Saturday, October 12, 2013
American Airlines Arena, Miami

Better than: All the colors found in a Crayola 64 box -- and that horrible crayon sharpener that never fucking worked!

As we've gotten older, we've found ourselves becoming more curmudgeonly when we attend EDM events. It's hard to put up with a lot of things that have invaded the current wave of dance music -- the bad music, bro-tastic crowds, the overuse of drugs -- we could go on forever.

To say we attended Sensation with hesitation is an understatement.

See also: Fashion Freakouts at Sensation: Ocean of White in Miami

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Photo by George Martinez
Check out Crossfade's full 80-photo slideshow from Sensation: Ocean of White at American Airlines Arena.

We'd usually rather listen to our current favorite slew of dance acts sitting down on our bed while we write blog posts. But Sensation might have renewed our faith in EDM. Not because it was a flawless event -- it wasn't -- but we finally saw a large group of people gathered at a venue who were so obviously in love with dance music.

Prior to attending Sensation, we broke one of our cardinal rules: we read a review of the show. Billboard magazine basically slammed the event for its low attendance and Cirque du Soleil-lite choreography. Add the rumor posted on TalkNightlife that ticket sales for the Miami show were sluggish, and our expectations were a bit low.

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Entering the American Airlines Arena, it was pretty obvious that Sensation wasn't a sold-out show. Still, the floor was packed and seating seemed to fill up as the night wore on. The only problem we saw was some aggravated patrons trying to get to the arena floor or up to the deluxe-view areas. Security held the lines to remain in compliance with fire codes, which, to us, is completely understandable. But even the crowd traffic seemed to smooth out later in the night.

However, the main complaint people had about the event was the outrageous ticket prices. But once you were at the event, you saw where your money was put to use: the production. And yes, Sensation is all about the production.

See also: Fedde Le Grand on Sensation, ID&T, EDM's U.S. Invasion: "America Is Ready, Especially Miami"


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djmy
djmy

Kiwami hit it spot on.  I think this was a US "test".  The show was not as large as I expected, nor was there near the amount of effects I was expecting to see based on videos of their European shows. 

That said, this was a great 21+ crowd, and I enjoyed the music and stage.  There were a ton of house classics dropped throughout the night, and there was some serious PLUR in effect at this show.   I'll be back next year, no doubt, and I'm bringing more friends. 

What a perfect weekend!


melwarhol
melwarhol

Completely agree with this article. My girlfriend and I were so excited to attend - we bought our tickets at least 3 months in advance!  Only to be left with that feeling of regret afterwards.  It wasn't a "total" waste so to speak, but we both felt like something was off about the event. From the greetings we received at the door, to the overpriced, watered down drinks (although I'm not surprised with the drinks -_-) at the kiosks.  I say its best to experience the event in other countries only because I feel like they're testing out the US markets..not really sure what works.  Sensation gets a 6 out of 10 for this one..and two disappointed party goers. 

SusanS
SusanS

We showed up at 8:30 p.m. with deluxe tickets and were also told we couldn't access the floor, which appeared to be only about 50% full at that point.  Dancing in bleachers is difficult and no fun.  All the floor space was taken up by staging that just didn't add enough to justify taking up so much floor space.  The event was pretty lackluster and I won't be attending another Sensation event, especially given the hefty price tag for one evening of mediocrity.

Lauren Kathryn
Lauren Kathryn

thats why I like Grand Central 25 bucks and better DJs without the need of gogo dancers and bubbles

Adam Schwartzbaum
Adam Schwartzbaum

AWFUL. One of the biggest rip offs I have ever experienced. A huge disappointment and just another reminder of why mainstream EDM is dead. We had more fun at the electric pickle after we left early.

adamabaum
adamabaum

EDM is about MUSIC. You can throw away as much money as you want on glitzy visuals, but the bottom line is that without the right values and people running the show, and without GOOD MUSIC, your event is going to be terrible. This is why everyone who actually loves EDM is quitting ultra and switching to the underground scene. Listen to some of the live sets from robot heart this year at burning man, or from BPM. THAT is real music. This prok and fitch/feed le grand garbage is ok for the durg induced masses but it has lost all its soul.

adamabaum
adamabaum

Of course, this made people made, and I saw lots of screaming matches between staff and attendees. It also depressed the energy in the room. In fact I don't think I have ever been to an EDM event where I saw so many people standing around, looking at their phones, and so few people dancing.

The staff seemed miserable and super unhappy to be there.

So much space was wasted on the severly underused platforms that had water spouting from them, which they could have removed entirely and increased dancefloor space by 30%. What a waste.

Worst of all was the music. Mainstream EDM has detioriorated to such a low point that it is basically impossible to listen to or enjoy. "Progressive house" has become one boring unending boom boom beat with no imagination. All sugar, no filler. By 1 am we had had enough, and fled to electric pickle, where for $20, we heard great house music, danced on a dancefloor filled with dancing, happy people, and had a much better time than we had at Sensation.

adamabaum
adamabaum

I also have to chime in here... this event was one of the biggest rip offs I have ever been to.

My friends and I bought tickets for this event to celebrate my 29th birthday. After drinks at my condo in downtown Miami, we walked over the arena at around 9:30, with spirits high.

The crowd was not the problem. People were in good spirits and ready to have a good time. But we probably should have already smelled trouble when they could not even get the pat down lines outside to go smoothly.

When we got inside, we were immediately confused. Where do we enter? Why are there so many police? We got to one of the entrances for the floor access, but once we got inside, we were told we could not go down on the floor because it was too full. Keep in mind, it is 9:30 and this party went til 2 am. We spent an hour wandering around trying to find a place to get to floor, and waiting in various lines, but to no avail. No one made it to the floor. This would have been fine if they had sold floor seats versus bleacher seats, but the event tickets were advertised as "free flow." There was nothing "free" or "flowing" about the seating/standing. I understand fire code, but they could have simply let people down as people went up. Instead they just put the floor on lockdown (which by the way looked empty-ish all night).

Mark Simpson
Mark Simpson

yea I was super disappointed to learn Basslights this weekend is all-ages

John Perez
John Perez

shhhhh before they find out and convince their parents to give them the money.

Damian Doss
Damian Doss

I wanna see an underage kid cough up 175$ for an event like this.....

Marianoell Gomez Arguello
Marianoell Gomez Arguello

Hell yes!!!!!! All EDM events, concerts and festival should be 21 and over! I guarantee you won't see as many people "on something". The older crowd keeps it clean and they're there for the love of the music!

kiwami
kiwami

1) I've never disagreed with a New Times article before.. but I guess there's a first for everyting ;)

2) I'll never go to an all ages event again.. but TW did that to me... not Sensation

3) Sensation White wasn't .. "Sensational" .. it felt a LOT like they held back, cut budget and gave us the B-Side of their show. Watching Sensation online I expected a LOT more for almost $200.  

4) Lots of texting and facebook checking.. a lot of people were bored... Noticeably. 

5) Fedde Delivered of course.. and God bless the hype man for keeping us somewhat attentive..

6) Yea there were a lot of gays there..  it's miami.. duh. But there were some absolutely banging (legal) women then as well... 21+ has it's perks.. and so does Miami cleavage. 

The billboard article was spot on and (to me ) applicable to Miami's show as well. I heard a girl compare it to one of the shows at Mansion.. in the favor of Mansion...  I couldn't disagree..  it was good but it should have been better..


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