EDM: Kygo featuring R Kelly at Navy Pier (January 23, 2016)

 

Despite Kygo’s newness to the EDM scene, he has developed a large fan following. His music on SoundCloud and YouTube has accumulated over 200 million views, and he was named one of the most-played artists on Spotify in 2015 with over 18 million monthly listeners. His Chicago show at Navy Pier Festival Hall on January 23rd sold out in only two days, and fans of his were lining up hours early to get in.

The show did not disappoint. Kygo started it off with “Miami 82” (a treat for long-time fans), and dove right into his most popular remixes, including Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire,” The Weeknd’s “Often,” and “No Diggity” vs. “Thrift Shop”. Kygo kept the crowd’s energy up the whole time with his intricate light show complete with streamers, glitter, and even beach balls. As a little special something extra, every attendee was given Kygo bracelets that lit up with the beat drops.

The most exciting part of the show was Kygo’s numerous special guests. He brought Maty Noyes to the stage for “Stay”  and Parson James to close out the concert with “Stole the Show”.  Most surprising of them all, the legendary R Kelly himself appeared to sing Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” as well as “Ignition (Remix)”.

Kygo is well on his way to becoming one of the largest names in EDM. His unique sound has dominated the tropical house genre, and his engaging live shows make Kygo an artist you need to keep up with!

Katherine Hall

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