On Thursday (7th September) night at the Mahalaxmi Race Course in Mumbai Indian fans of the American DJ and production duo the Chainsmokers, congregated at the venue to tune into their groovy beats. The show was promoted in India by Percept Live as a part of the Road to Ultra show which is an independent festival brand of ULTRA Worldwide. The Ultra fest first began in the city of Miami in the U.S. that lasted for the entire weekend.
Fans turned up in thousands for the electro-music fest in Mumbai, even on a warm sultry afternoon. The built up to the Chainsmokers performance consisted of international acts that set-up the stage for the performers and didn’t disappoint. It consisted of artists Slushii, Getter, Sam Feldt, Lost Stories, Rezz and even included Indian DJ Siana Catherine who delivered electrifying performances.
The music ranged from techno to house and dubstep remixes which catered to all audiences. They played out a smashing remix of Daler Mehendi’s Tunak Tunak Tun, which proved that Bollywood music no matter the event is always popular with Indian crowds. There was also a tribute to Linkin Park which the audiences revelled in especially since the recent passing of its frontman Chester Bennington. Sam Feldt was enjoyable as he played some tactful remixes and a rehashed version of Mumbai Meri Jaan.
When they finally appeared on stage at about 8:15pm, The Chainsmokers consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall were dressed to the nines in colourful outfits by Indian celebrity designer Neeta Lulla. The crowds went wild as they played all the expected hits like Closer, Don’t Let Me Down, Paris and Something Just Like This. From confetti to smoke screens and fireworks, the Chainsmokers had all the right tricks up their sleeves. The projectors behind the largesse DJ console on stage had great anime and cartoony visuals. Unlike the disappointment fans experienced at the Justin Bieber concert, Andrew Pall of the Chainsmokers, actually sang their hits on stage while Alex was on the console. Later on in the show Alex went for a la Coldplay as he waved the Indian flag on stage.
The crowds were estimated to be around 15,000 in number and were all in for a pleasant surprise as The Chainsmokers played tribute to old favourite hits like Papa Roach’s Last Resort, Queen’s We Will Rock You as well as Coldplay’s Yellow which they ended their set with. Belting out all of their hits, they had the crowd grooving for over an hour and a half but left everyone wanting more as the set seemed short-lived. The Chainsmokers deserve props for their stage theatrics which they went all out on at the very end that included plenty of heady lights display, stage fog and confetti showers!