A sea of white clad ravers of all kinds set out to Brooklyn, New York on the weekend of Oct. 26th for the European born event, Sensation Innerspace. Gracing major cities like Amsterdam, Oslo and Belgium, the monumental event was the first of its kind to hit the States and it made shockwaves as the first dance music show to christen the Barclays Center.
On Saturday, upon entering Barclays, the subways and streets were filled to the brim with the masses of fans donning their all-white-everything apparel, all in amazing spirit of course. In the main arena lied an unbelievable stage set up. From the all white lotus flower acropolis that hosted the rotating DJ booth to the extreme production elements to the sound system, Sensation was bound to leave an incredible and successful mark on New York that night.
Resident and no stranger to Sensation, Mr. White, opened the show and set the tone for the night. The theme strayed far from mainstream and in a way--it was refreshing. Taking on deep and tech house, most of the tracks were unidentifiable but still a smooth flow as each DJ took on the nights musical genre. Fedde Le Grand's set was packed with feel good deep house and it was appreciated by any true dance music fan. Fedde did dabble into some mundane material dropping his remix of Coldplay's "Paradise" and dBerrie's remix of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know."
Mark Knight couldn't have been a better choice as the closer of the night. A stand out set, Knight played his cards right opening with Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" because it was so...unexpected. But it worked. Energy just poured into the 15,000 seat arena as Knight distributed a versatile mix of funky house including banger's like Alex Kenji's "Blue Strobe Light" and "Shoot To Thrill" by Adrian Hours, both released on Toolroom Records.
As Knight geared up to close, the sounds of Florence Welch's vocals on "You've Got The Love" luxuriated and it was evident that fans still didn't get a big enough dose after seven hours of "Innerspace." As the music trailed off and the lights came to a dim, we were left mesmerized, musically educated, and apart of a crucial event that will remain a big chapter in the chronicles of dance music.