This past weekend was Glowfest, a traveling music festival that’s invading multiple colleges throughout the year and bringing them top name artists. We were lucky enough to be brought amazing artists from two completely different music genres. On one side was Chiddy Bang, an alternative rap duo from Philadelphia, comprised of upbeat rapper Chiddy and drummer/producer, Xaphoon Jones. On the other side was Cazzette, and the incredible Swedish DJ, Avicii.
My friend Brittney didn’t have a ticket, so immediately when we arrived at the Mesa Ampitheatre we had to figure out a plan to get her in. She ended up climbing a huge tree, scaling and jumping over a fence, just to get into the concert. Surprisingly right when we all got in, we ran directly into her. The plan worked!
Now we knew it was going to be an insane night, and nothing was going to stop us.
The venue wasn’t completely full yet, so we were able to get right up front. Chiddy Bang came on first, and began performing “Opposite of Adults,” their remix of a sample from MGMT’s “Kids”. The crowd sang along to all of their catchy tunes including some of their other great songs like “All Things Go” “Pass Out” and “Dream Chasin’”.
As Chiddy Bang was ending, my friends and I were configuring a plan to get on stage for Avicii. Right when Cazzette came on, I saw an opening on the side of the stage where only one security guard was standing. I had someone distract him as Britt and I quickly bolted across the ramp and onto the stage. We were dancing right next to the DJ booth for a few minutes until a security guard kicked us off the stage.
During Cazzette’s set, we managed to run on stage one more time, and got kicked off again soon after. We decided to wait until Avicii came on to try it just one more time. I mean what were we really going to loose by attempting to get on stage one more time.
When Avicii came on, the crowd went absolutely insane. His set was about two hours long, but it felt like forever, and I’m not complaining. He played so many different combinations of songs, many of his own, but also some from different artists. As he was playing his hit single, “Seek Bromance” Britt and I ran back on stage again. This time security was not so forgiving, and they actually chased us off the stage and through the crowd until they caught us. They dragged us out of the crowd and out of the venue.
As we were being taken outside, we were trying to convince them to let us back in. Surprisingly the head of security came outside and said, “All they did was run on stage?” as the security guards affirmed he said, “Let them back in!”
We ran back into the venue and immediately started dancing to Avicii’s incredible feel good music, as we were so excited that somehow we were allowed back in the venue. Bottom line, running on stage 3 times was completely worth it.
Avicii played so many more amazing songs like “Levels” “Don’t Give Up On Us” and “Swede Dreams”. My friends and I managed to get on stage again, and were able to stay there for the rest of his set. It was incredible to see the crowd from stage, everyone was having the time of their lives. You could feel everyone’s happy energy throughout the entire venue. The best part for me was when he played a classic hip-hop song by House of Pain called “Jump Around”. The crowd was completely in sync as everyone jumped up and down. It was refreshing to hear some old school hip-hop in his set, mixed with a little bit of house.
Overall, the night was absolutely incredible. It was a great time with great friends, and amazing feel good music, and from the stage it looked like the entire crowd felt the same way.