On June 17, 2014, Tiesto celebrated the release of his new album, "A Town Called Paradise," by hosting a star-studded concert at Terminal 5 presented by 7UP. Since his last album, "Kaleidoscope," released in 2009, Tiesto amped up this album by bringing a number of artists to the release including Matthew Koma, Icona Pop, Quilla, Ladyhawke, and DJ Hardwell.
The album’s tracklist is exciting as the hit single, “Red Lights”, has already received enormous success. The album features 14 tracks, half showcasing that of a new creative side of Tiesto, and the other half of the original crowd pleasing sounds. The venue was packed throughout the night on the main floor as well as the second and third floor lounges, with die-hard Tiesto fans dancing to the sound of trance and house into the night.
Of the featured artists, Cruickshank was the first to open for the show with the track “Footprints”. Other performances included Matthew Koma with the popular songs “Wasted” and “Written in Reverse”, Ladyhawke with "Last Train", Quilla with "Close to Me", and DJ Hardwell closing on the sets. Tiesto’s new album seems like an all around hit, catering to even pop fans evident from his collaboration with Icona Pop; the duo performed a remix version of “I Don’t Care” along with “Let’s Go”, an energetic, upbeat synth track. In between the guest performances, Tiesto played other songs on the new tracklist as well as some classics from his previous albums, all well received by the crowd.
The atmosphere was something else. This was definitely the most interesting concert I’ve been to with gold chandeliers hanging in the entrance, art pieces framed across the lounges, luxurious plush couches, all under blue fluorescent dimmed lighting. All guests were given LED bands that transitioned colors during the sets in synchronization. During more emotional songs like “Close to Me”, Quilla made a sea of colours moving in unison, but for the more instrumental tracks (which was most of the concert), Tiesto had everyone fist pumping creating a frenzy of moving colors. At halfway through the show, nets of green balloons were released into the center stage causing everyone to reach into the air. The album release felt somewhere in between that of a rave and a concert, but either way an enjoyable experience. Tiesto’s new album is out now.
Tristen Yang contributed reporting.