Some came for the trance, others for the lasers. Regardless of the motivation, Gareth Emery‘s first-ever open-air Laserface production filled out a full house at Avant Gardner’s beloved outdoor venue Brooklyn Mirage on Friday, May 31, ultimately delivering a night to remember for many and solidifying Laserface as a one-of-a-kind show.
Starting at 10 p.m., Mike Saint-Jules, Adam Scott, and Alastor warmed up a crowd that was becoming exponentially larger. By the time Alastor ended his set at 12:50 a.m., the anticipation for Laserface was at an all-time high as attendees packed themselves onto the ground floor and into all crevices of Mirage’s castle-like upper levels to prepare for the spectacle of light shows. Pitch dark lighting set the scene for Emery’s intro ID track, with the first few solo lasers of the night making their appearance before escalating into an on-slaughter of electric green and blue waves.
Weaving together both trance classics and new releases from his latest LP with Ashley Wallbridge, Kingdom United, Emery delivered a euphoric brand of trance with mass appeal that had the audience singing and dancing along the entire night. Playing favorites from “Saving Light,” “Reckless,” and “Concrete Angel” to special remixes of Morgan Page‘s “The Longest Road,” his own popular cut of Ed Sheeran‘s “Castle on the Hill,” and Dimibo‘s psytrance remix of “Sanctuary,” the UK producer blended new and old over the two-hour set, catering to new ears and long-time fans alike. Straying slightly at times from his trance style, Emery also took risks by mashing up The Killers’ “Mr Brightside,” slipping in Daft Punk‘s “Harder Better Faster Stronger,” and paying homage to Keith Flint with select Prodigy tracks. He closed out his Laserface set with title track “Kingdom United;” it’s uplifting vocals and accompanying confetti drop painted Mirage’s air with a rainbow spectrum of lasers and glitter— concluding on a feel-good high. STANDERWICK proceeded to close the night with an explosive performance that carried the energy until the very end.
There’s no question that Laserface is a production that has allowed Emery to hone his craft of trance into an all-around art form that incorporates the highest-quality audiovisual experience. Leaving no room for doubt in the fact that Emery continues to solidify his stance as one of the prominent trance artists of the past decade, Laserface will undeniably be around for years to come.