A Spectacle of Sight and Sound

October 12th, 2009

HardNYC: Major Lazer – Terminal 5 – October 10, 2009

HardNYC: Major Lazer - Terminal 5 - October 10, 2009
Take a deep breath: Major Lazer’s show on Saturday brought the famous producer Diplo, rowdy frontman Skerrit Bwoy, numerous guest appearances (including one by Santigold), a daring leap from a 10-foot ladder, ounces and ounces of spilled Hennessy and champagne, and about 30 fans to the Terminal 5 stage. And oh, yeah, really good music.

Major Lazer, sandwiched between more standard-style DJ sets from DJ Rusko and coheadliner Crookers, was easily the performance of the night and certainly one of the wildest shows Terminal 5 will see this year. Accompanied by two dancers, Skerrit Bwoy, using more than just his personality, pushed the crowd to its limits of excitement for the entire set. The renowned producer and DJ Diplo provided a constant, but never boring, flow of samples, blips and beats, all set to wildly colorful visuals on a giant screen at the back of the stage.

But what made the show such an event were the antics that took place, highlighted by the raucous “Pon de Floor”—which featured Skerrit Bwoy and some friends getting all too friendly with the dancers—and the removal of most of the front row of the crowd to party onstage. Capping the set were a brief appearance from Santigold during “Hold the Line” (on which she appears on Major Lazer’s album, Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do) and a few minutes of performance in almost total darkness. When Major Lazer left the stage, Crookers took over and carried the crowd into early Sunday morning. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane |