Review: Lights, Confetti & Hits – Avicii Live In Concert

This past weekend I had the chance to catch 2x Grammy nominated DJ/Producer Avicii live in concert on his True Tour at Mohegan Sun Arena. I’ve been a big fan of his innovative production style. In 2012 he made a huge impact on the EDM and Pop scene with hit song “Levels” along with other releases like “Silhouettes” and “I Could Be The One” ft. Nicky Romero. His debut studio album True arrived in 2013 which saw the Swedish DJ/Producer build on his previous success through massive hits like “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother”. When I heard he was coming to the area I couldn’t pass up the chance to see him live.

The Tickets

Tickets were available through Ticketmaster priced at $99 for floor (standing room), $79 for lower level seats, $59 for upper level seats.

I’ve attended DJ concerts in clubs but this was the first time experiencing one in an arena. Because of that I wasn’t sure which tickets would deliver the best experience. Other concerts in arenas cater to upper and lower levels but with a concert like Avicii I thought seats may be restricting. Despite floor seats being the most expensive it would likely be the most fun and if it wasn’t at least I’d be able to walk around to different areas of the section for better viewing.

With floor seats as my desired section I decided to wait until the week of the concert to see if tickets would drop on Stub Hub and luckily the second to last day I was able to grab 2 floor tickets for $55 each. I have found that sellers tend to drop prices a few days before the concert date as after that point they would be unable to deliver tickets thus risking losing out on a sale.

The Concert

The concert began at 9pm with opener Henrik B that lasted about 15 minutes. From that point there was a bit of a gap as Avicii came on stage at 10pm to a big video introduction and light show.

The crowd consisted of both an older and younger crowd. Most of the younger crowd seemed to be in the seats as the 20-somethings were dancing heavily on the dance floor. As beer was available for purchase for the 21+ crowd things did not seem to get out of hand.

The majority of the show featured Avicii playing his biggest hits like “Levels” “I Could Be The One” “Dear Boy” “Silhouettes” “Hey Brother” and hits by others like Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” all with the assistance of an elaborate light show and big screen visuals. The biggest reaction from the crowd happened when “Wake Me Up” played to a massive drop of confetti and beaming lights through out the arena. Not too soon after around 11:45p Avicii ended his set to a satisfied crowd that began to file out of the arena.

The Verdict

I am not a huge EDM fan. I like Electronic/Dance music as much as I like other genres of music. I consider myself a big music fan in general and appreciate what innovators like Avicii bring to the table. From that side of things I really enjoyed the concert and thought the light show and other effects like the big screen visuals and confetti dropping complimented the musical experience really well. The energy was pretty high through out the concert that topped off with “Wake Me Up”. It was a really great moment that I am glad I got on camera for other to witness the authenticity of that moment. The floor section was perfect. It gave room for a lot of dancing as well as the opportunity to walk around and get a closer look at the stage. By the looks of those in the seats though lively you could tell they weren’t taking in the same experience. Unlike the “mass casualty” event at his previous concert in Boston, I am happy to report nothing of that kind appeared to happen at Mohegan Sun Arena. Overall, for only $55 a ticket it was a great time and I would definitely go again! – SC8XVI

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