Published by Josh Mills
I first heard of Alison Wonderland about a year ago when her debut album, "Run" made quite a splash in the US. This was not only for her album debut tour around strip clubs instead of more typical venues but also for her VEVO music video for "U Don't Know." I first saw this video on social media that portrayed a her being kidnapped by McLovin. This is hilariously fitting for an album called "Run." Even though she describes the meaning behind "Run" as always moving forward, she showed she doesn't take life too seriously by featuring McLovin in a more serious role in this video. All of this catapulted Alison into the US EDM scene very quickly via channels such as Annie Mac and Diplo's radio shows as well as a spot playing Coachella 2015. Despite this quick rise I and the rest of Atlanta had to wait nearly a year for her to make a stop on her "Run" tour. This tour sold out nearly every stop so far on it's way to Atlanta. This translated to all floors of Opera being absolutely packed Friday night.
She opened with Run (AWE Angel Mix)in a very ambient and dream-like sequence for about two minutes before dropping into some heavy future bass in the Run (Wildfire Remix) to start the crowd off for the night.
She played into the energy of the crowd often leaving her decks. Being a "DJ of the people" she also was friendly enough to do meet and greets both before and after her set. She is well known for such friendliness so fans were lined up ready for a chance for an Instagram photo or Snapchat. Most of them actually got a chance and only a few were turned away so that she could start her set.
Enhancing the experience was the new sound system from Pure Groove Sound Systems. Opera has the first permanent club system in the US although Pure Groove has international respect and systems in clubs in Amsterdam and San Paulo. This comes from their founder, Tom Danley, who designs acoustic audio solutions for NASA and holds 17 loudspeaker patents. This system has a great low end which was perfect for the bass heavy focus of the music being played. Check out the calendar for upcoming shows at Opera. If you haven't heard the new sound system you owe it to yourself to pay a visit. In only a few days Hardwell will be in town.