(Photo credit: Greg Ellis)
I walked into this performance an avid Pretty Lights fan, but I think I did so with an inaccurate understanding of his music having not seen him live before. In most situations, when I’m listening to his work I myself am working. I would not go so far as to say that his music is suited only for background, but on the main stage Friday night it felt a little less than substantial. There was a bit of a mass exodus as the crowd who had just heard Girl Talk and an impromptu Macklemore performance suddenly realized just how late it was. While the tracks began and ended with intensity, somewhere in the middle of each the energy was lost. During these drones of anonymity waves of people would leave, climbing up the glowstick-strewn grassy hill. While I didn’t leave this set unhappy, I did leave with a different understanding of his music and my enjoyment of it.