Set to the backdrop of the picturesque New York City skyline, Governors Beach Club at Governors Island played host to Laidback Luke’s epic “Super You & Me” concert this past Saturday - inviting a slew of house-loving, crazy-clothed fans to invade the island for eight hours of non-stop madness.
Presented by Made Event (think Electric Zoo), “Super You & Me” offered the killer lineup of headliner Laidback Luke with openers Datsik, Tommy Trash, Oliver Twizt and PeaceTreaty. Luke and his trusty band of sidekicks tore the stage apart as fans kicked around the sandy ground and cheered loudly for the guys to save the day.
Decked out in capes, masks and full-on costumes, we stepped off the ferry, onto Governors Island and into a world of superheroes, supervillians, glowsticks, glitter, and all-around debauchery.
The first hero whose set we caught was PeaceTreaty. Hot of Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label, the California-native duo spins big room house like there’s no tomorrow. Only half of PeaceTreaty (Josh Anaya) performed at the show, but Anaya brought his A-game. Dressed as the Red Power Ranger, Anaya worked the decks with a smile plastered across his face. Jumping about as he dropped banger after banger, he epitomized the importance of having fun while trying to spin an upbeat set. From “Ni**as in Paris” to “Thrill of it” his amped-up song selection worked the crowd and warmed us up for a long, musical night.
Following PeaceTreaty’s set was Tommy Trash. The Australian madman brought his usual head-banging rockstar lifestyle to the stage with champagne showers and an energy-level that puts pixie-stick swallowing children to shame. Dropping everything from his own “In n Out” and “Antidote (remix)” to Deadmau5’s “The Veldt” and Ducksauce’s “Big Bad Wolf,” the producer played hard and partied even harder.
Moving from progressive house to bassy-dubstep, the crowd warmly welcomed Datsik to the stage. The heavy-hitting British producer wore a Green Lantern t-shirt as he spun the fire and melted faces. Pinnacle moments included him dropping Knife Party’s “Bonfire” and Rusko’s “Hold On,” as well as a variety of his own plunging-powerhouse beats. Wobbling and womping away, Datsik gave the audience a flawless warmup for the moment everyone was waiting for: Laidback Luke.
Sporting a full-on superhero costume (designed by a fan from Talenthouse’s costume contest), Laidback Luke stormed the stage with electrifying beats and infectious vocals that had the crowd moving and grooving for two hours straight. His remix of Sato Goldschlag’s “Mister Mister” was an instant success, driving the crowd into hyper-mode. Dropping Alice DeeJay’s classic house hit “Better Off Alone” evoked a rattling roar from across the audience; a response similar to his drop of an a capella rising version of Oasis’ “Wonderwall.” Laidback Luke exited the stage to the sound of his name being chanted by the sea of costumed fans, all throwing up the “double L” signs in support of their favorite superhero.