The summer rave season is coming to a close, and the final outdoor NYC show of the summer was an unforgettable one. Steve Angello of the Swedish house mafia headlined “Size In The Park” a concert that also showcased many other talents on Steve’s label Size Records.
I haven’t been to an EDM show in Central Park in years. The last time was probably for Paul Van Dyk in 2005. As the size and scope of these outdoor EDM concerts has grown, I was curious to see how they would be different.
After Electric Zoo being in such a confined area like Rumsey Play field for a show like this was jarring at first but I adjusted pretty quickly. Luckily it wasn’t packed to the point where it was uncomfortable. Provacateur had a nice pop up to the right of the stage where bottles of Dom Luminous followed by parades of sparklers lit up every few minutes reminding us we were still inside the city limits.
After some pretty decent opening sets by up and comers Sunnery James, Ryan Marciano Max Vangeli and AN21, the crowd was chanting for Angello. He appeared in a green haze before the crowd and opened up with a SHM smash hit ”Greyhound.”
I’ve seen pretty much all the SHM DJ’s individually and I still feel Angello has the best raw “DJ talent “of the three. He crafted together a great set of uptempo hits. However, having the full SHM catalogue at your disposal probably helps a lot.
The production value as far as lights and effects was scaled down from Electric Zoo standards but was still pretty impressive.
Around 9 pm I began to feel a few drops of rain but it quickly subsided and it seemed as if we would escape the show unscathed. However, around 9:20 it began to drizzle. Then just as Angello played his unreleased track with Tommy Trash ”Reload” (one of my favorites) the sky fell. It began to pour. This wasn’t a little shower this was a torrential downpour.
Check out the video of this moment below
For all the crap EDM fans get for being kids hopping on the latest trend or druggies you would think the place would empty out. As Angello himeslf noted when he said
I was hoping it would rain. So I could see who came here for the music not just the party
Well the energy of the crowd seemed to grow with every drop. The looks of euphoria on the people faces around me as Angello hit them with hit after hit was indescribable. Truly a once in a lifetime experience in the heart of the concrete jungle that is NYC.
The rain continued to fall and the crew threw out these giant bouncing boxes adorned with the “Size Matters” logo onto the crowd. It continued to pour until the very last track and the crowd held strong until the very end.
Right after it was over Steve Angello tweeted
Neither will anyone else Steve, neither will anyone else.