Bouncing bodies glistened with sweat last night as Tiësto made the Bryce Jordan Center bump.
The audience could not stand still in anticipation of the Dutch-born DJ. The nearly sold-out crowd packed into the stadium to hear the artist that topped Rolling Stone Magazine’s “25 DJs That Rule The Earth” list in November of last year.
A countdown began just after 10 p.m. as a “Seven Nation Army” chant boomed from the eager audience. Tiësto then emerged as sparks and smoke sprayed over the crowd.
Blue, purple and yellow lights complemented the pyrotechnics, beaming over the audience. The lights at Tiësto’s show are especially incredible, attendee Tim Hughes said.
“They have these lasers that go out over top of everyone,” Hughes (sophomore-mechanical engineering) said. “You would look up and see them from every direction.”
Average audience attire consisted of tight, bright tanks, shirts and skirts. Colorful glasses covered the eyes of many, and several others waved flashing lights and glow sticks.
The opportunity to attend a dance party in the middle of the week served as a stress reliever from the many midterms, Rachel Elman said.
“After a long week of a stressful work, it’s just so nice to have a break on a Tuesday.” Elman (sophomore-public relations). “ It’s just so great to have a night to relax with my friends.”
A massive screen was constantly flashing odd and edgy images, illuminating the interior of the Bryce Jordan Center . Letters formed the words “State College ” on the super screen, and the crowd went instantly insane.
One of the best traits of Tiësto is his love for Penn State, Elman said.
“I like that he shows that he really cares about Penn State,” Elman said. “He made so many videos and tweeted about THON. It made up for him canceling at the beginning of the year.”
Tiësto’s several-hour set featured constant builds and bass-driven breaks. The arena shook as the crowd jumped. Attendee Haroon Choudery could only describe the sound within the stadium as “the hardest thing that has ever hit my ears.”
“Tiësto is a pioneer,” Choudery (sophomore-management) said. “He started major-league DJing, if you will. He’s a legend.”
The DJ, jumping behind his turntables, wore a huge smile as he made a shout out to Penn State. Streaming confetti shot over the crowd and the crowd rebutted with a roar. Tiësto’s energy is something special, Choudery said.
“I love his enthusiasm,” he said. “Avicii was like the start of house music in the BJC, but Tiësto’s really going to set the bar high.”