Published by RsvpAtl
Nashville, known as the Music City, hosted Pretty Lights at its new premier riverfront outdoor venue, Ascend Amphitheater for Halloween 2015. Pretty Lights fans from all over traveled to see his performance. A cold rain was in the forecast, but that did not stop the fans from attending a sold out show. Pretty Lights fans gathered together in an assortment of costumes to celebrate Hallow’s Eve and support the popular American electronic artist. Myself, a native from Birmingham, AL made the short drive to Nashville to catch the phenomenal show. Once you entered into the Music City you knew you were in for a special performance and unique Halloween experience.
We all like to know a little information about the venue, especially when it has only been open for 3 months! Ascend Amphitheater opened its doors on July 30, 2015. The venue’s capacity is 6,800! That means there were around 6,800 Pretty Lights fans at the sold out October 31st concert! The ambience of the venue was breathtaking as it is the perfect venue for a night of concerts under the stars. There is a slight incline towards the stage, so no matter where you stood you had a great view of the stage! It’s also conveniently located next to the Cumberland River and is only 2 blocks away from Broadway, giving fans easy access to bars, entertainment and restaurants after the concerts end. For Pretty Lights, the venue was perfect to showcase his light show above the crowd and allow fans to dance around with plenty of space. Now for the staff, from my point of view the staff at Ascend was very accommodating! From the box office, to security, to inside the venue the staff was well divided among the venue and able to answer questions! Security was also fast and had multiple lines to get people into the venue as quickly as possible with no major instances. All of this gives fans another reason to come Nashville and visit the venue!
Pretty Lights had 4 strong openers to get the crowd energetic and ready for a stellar night. First was Daily Bread, a electronic hip-hop DJ from Atlanta, GA. He warmed up the crowd with a solid 35 minute set. After, was Goldroom, an electronic DJ from Los Angeles who transforms modern music into tropical rhythms any crowd would enjoy! Following him was Chali 2na an American rapper and hip-hop artist associated with Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli. Following him was Matoma Music, a music producer from Norway who played some tropical house to get the crowed amped up and ready for Pretty Lights. At 9pm Pretty Lights opened up as a mad scientist mixing up the electrifying “Don’t Push It, Don’t Force It” remix. Multicolor lights, strobe lights and lasers going to the song made the audience go crazy. There were also 4 large LED jack-o-lantern projections creating the ultimate Halloween vibes on stage and in the crowd. He also his spooked the crowd with a Hallows Eve mashup remix of the Nightmare on Elm Street Theme Song, Halloween Theme Song and other mixes. The fans got the pleasure of hearing mixes such as “I Know the Truth”, “Starlight Skies”, “Yellow Bird” and an all time favorite “Finally Moving” as his closing track. The rain did not stop the crowd from getting down and grooving on All Hallows Eve!
Honorable Mentions and Shout-Outs:
1: The amazing staff at Ascend Amphitheater! Thank you for being courteous to the fans and helping the night go smoothly!
2: To all the artists for getting the crowd amped up and ready for a great night despite the rain!
3: To Ultimo Productions and to RSVP ATL for giving me the opportunity to attend and write about this performance! You guys rock!
4: To the Pretty Lights fans for creating a positive and friendly atmosphere!
About the Author
Beth DeFranco is a native of Birmingham Alabama who enjoys traveling espically to Atlanta frequently for music. She is a graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has enjoyed being a part of RSVP ATL. She spends her free time traveling and hiking and being outside!