Thomas Gold’s production craft is nothing short of excellent, so when he tweeted that he’s got “so many great tracks” for Saturday night’s New York City Fanfare show, we knew he wasn’t kidding.
The German EDM superstar wrapped up the North American leg of his global Fanfare Tour with openers Feenixpawl, Carl Louis and Martin Danielle, and Nari and Milani, playing to a sold-out crowd with more than 3,600 people at Manhattan’s Roseland Ballroom.
Gold took the stage at precisely 1:30 a.m., accompanied by a line of uniformed trumpeters. He then kicked off two-and-a-half-hour dance frenzy, opening with a “Fanfare number” that transitioned into his ferocious single, “Miao.” By mid-show, the venue had evolved into a surreal cinematic dance experience: Costumed women were walking the stage in stilts, confetti continued to fall over the crowd, steam projected from the stage and the marching band had joined in with Gold. This venue became a themed “circus,” and the audience became the animals dancing to the DJ’s beat.
Throughout his set, he continuously interwove an aggressively loud thumping noise into his tunes, and teased three separate samples of his new songs. He spun both new and older favorites and enough bootlegs and remixes — “Fix-You”, “Wonderwall,” “SOS,” “The Wave,” “Little Things” and “Harder Better Faster Stronger” — allowing the crowd to sing along. EDM powerhouses such as Eric Prydz, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia and Wolfgang Gartner’s songs appeared in his set as well.
As 4 a.m. quickly approached, Gold jumped upon a table, was joined by the marching band’s drumline, and began playing his remix of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain.” The crowd shouted for “one more song!” as he ended the show, making it clear he had brought this arduous NYC electronica crowd into his fold.