Event Review: The Sound of Q-Dance Part 2
Just five months after their debut in Los Angeles, Q-Dance came back for more. They heard the call of their American fans and realized they have a market to satisfy.
On Saturday, March 8th at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles, over 4,000 fans gathered for a night of Hardstyle, delivered by Mr. Skeleton, Sylence, Lady Faith, Wildstylez, Brennan Heart, Frontliner, and The Prophet, and hosted by MC Villain. The venue doors opened at 7 PM, and fans entered into the world transformed by Q-Dance. The venue was dark and the stage was blacked out with white beams of light sparkling off the disco balls like starring into thousands of stars in the night sky. Opening with Hard House and Subground, Mr. Skeleton warmed up the crowd. More and more people were trickling into the venue as his set became harder and harder to transition into Hardstyle. Sylence, Lady, Faith, Wildstylez, Brennan Heart, Frontliner, and The Prophet all delivered their best, ranging from euphoric sounds to the rawer ones as the night progressed. The last act of the night, The Prophet, started off with a raw set and closed with hardcore, as so many fans had begged Q-Dance to deliver. They heard the call.
As with all Q-Dance events, the production value is top notch. The intricate stage design and themes are what set a Q-Dance show apart from others. The stage setup was the largest the Shrine had ever seen, with the most elaborate lighting and visuals as well. Lasers, pyrotechnics, CO2, LED spotlights, and 3D stage design, were a testimony of Q-Dance's creativity and ability to fully utilize their surroundings. This was one of the most intense visual experiences the US has seen.
The music, the show, the energy, the vibe; this would be a hard act to follow. People traveled from all over the US, and even other countries, to be there. When Q-Dance first hit US soil in 2012 at EDC in Las Vegas, they were taking a risk. Hardstyle was not well known in the US at that time. The massive lineup and stage was a lot to invest without much fan base. But they made a name for themselves. People who did not know what hardstyle was at the time still remember that stage, and that face glaring down at them. It may have been a risk, but they knew what they were doing. Now, less than 2 years later, Q-Dance has a headquarters in LA, they have thrown 2 standalone shows 5 months apart, had a stage at TomorrowWorld, and an upcoming stage at Mysterland NY. This is just the beginning. Hardstyle is growing rapidly in the US, and it is here to stay.