Toronto natives, BADBADNOTGOOD started the night while the venue was relatively empty, and played remixes of Flylo and TNGHT. He was communicative with the crowd, warming them up for the headliners.
Mymanhenri followed, crammed to the right due to TNGHT’s set up. The saxophonist was fantastic, and the guy in the bear suit was a riot.
When TNGHT finally took to the stage, the crowd went wild. The duo’s set began, along with a dizzying light show. The bass could be felt in your chest even at the back of the venue, where the crowd was dancing as though they were in the palm of Lunice and Mohawke’s hands – which they were.
Remixes of ‘Theraflu’, ‘Mercy’ and ‘Rooster in my Rari’ were definite crowd-pleasers, but nothing got the crowd going more than TNGHT’s own singles.
Up on the second floor of the Opera House, you could get a better sense of how the duo’s set got the crowd moving. While a glitch during ‘Higher Ground’ had me, and the rest of the crowd, momentarily disoriented, the glitch was fixed promptly and the set continued. At times, Lunice spent more time dancing and interacting with the crowd as opposed to DJing, but overall the performance was memorable.
It’s hard to believe that TNGHT could manage to disappoint, and, honestly, I don’t think they ever will.