Major Lazer Brings the Party

April 5th, 2010

Major Lazer – Terminal 5 – April 3, 2010

Major Lazer - Terminal 5 - April 3, 2010
Where Major Lazer goes, so goes the party. Famed producer Diplo and frontman Skerrit Bwoy brought that party to Terminal 5 on Saturday night, coheadlining the HardNYC show with Boys Noize. Their shows strike an uncanny resemblance to the rave scene in Go, only without a terrifying, drug-dealing Timothy Olyphant marching through the crowd. To use the term sensory overload would be accurate, but it would understate the fun that Major Lazer created.

With ultracatchy songs like “Keep It Going Louder” and “Pon de Floor” bleeding into one another for nearly the whole hour, every level of the cavernous venue had people dancing awash in lights (provided by Major Lazer, Terminal 5 and concertgoers). Diplo expertly manned a lengthy table topped with dozens of beat-making tools and covered in a facade of blinking LEDs.

Completing (and dominating) the experience was the whirling dervish that is Skerrit Bwoy. Constantly bouncing back and forth from the stage to the crowd, he balanced shouts in the microphone in his right hand with swigs from the bottle of Hennessy in his left. As if he weren’t enough of a presence alone, the stage was constantly filled and emptied with a combination of professional dancers in Chinese dragon costumes, guest rappers and even audience members. In the same frenzied fashion that the set started, it finished abruptly at the stroke of 1 a.m., just in time for Boys Noize to close the night with their own display of ocular and aural madness. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane |