If paradise is lost, Sleigh Bells and Diplo have come pretty close to finding it. The recent Paradise Lost Tour kicked off this past Friday at The Florida Theatre here in Gainesville. Here are the dates left for this exclusive Florida show:
02-06 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
02-07 Tallahassee, FL – The Moon
02-09 Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
02-10 Orlando, FL – Firestone
02-11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
02-14 Miami, FL – Grand Central
Unfortunately, no professional photography was allowed at this show, so we have no eye candy for you guys. However, if you still have the opportunity to catch one of these remaining shows, I highly suggest it, to experience this tour first hand. Two completely different groups, the indie/rock crowd and the electro crowd, came together to make the night light up with a diverse glow.
Sleigh Bells rocked the crowd. Not knowing much about them going into the show, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The electric, hardcore, deep songs established the connection between the guitarist, the singer and the audience. At some point, I was sure there was going to be a mosh pit. I was very impressed with how Sleigh Bells is able to intertwine rock with electronic and indie all at once. Their sound is definitely something to keep an eye on; It is bound to blow up at in the near future.
As Sleigh Bells wrapped up, you could see the physical change in the crowd as the hipsters left and the ravers came in. Diplo’s set was surprisingly refreshing and impressive.
Now seeing him more than the average concert-goer, I was afraid that his set was going to be too similar to his show that I saw for the Holy Ship! pre-party. Boy, was I wrong.
Diplo restored my faith in him and his skills as a DJ and producer. Playing one banger after the next, Diplo was able to keep the crowd as rowdy as possible the whole night. Of course, he threw in some hip-hop, but instead of rolling my eyes, it seemed like he was giving the audience (and me) a break to prevent fainting, heat and physical exhaustion, dehydration, etc.
At the end of the show, Diplo started playing what seemed like “Levels” by Avicii. I was extremely disappointed just because I, personally, do not like Avicii. At all. However, it turned out that Diplo was playing original Etta James samples as somewhat of a tribute. The night ended and Diplo was nice enough to talk and sign some shirts for fans.
We would like to thank Glory Days Presents, Diplo, Sleigh Bells and The Florida Theatre for throwing another successful event!