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Review | Kygo Smashes Closing Party at Ushuaïa
5th September 2018 0 comments

What a way to say goodbye!

Kygo rocked the summer 2018 closing party at Ushuaïa with track after track of epic feel-good electronic anthems blasting away any sadness party-goers might have been feeling. The final days of the summer season are always an intriguing blend of sadness and excitement as the close to Ibiza’s music scene draws in. But at Ushuaïa last Sunday, any ounce of sorrow was well and truly blown away by Kygo’s incredible performance.

Kygo has been rocking the Ushuaïa stage since 2015, when the Norwegian maestro first appeared there as a supporting artist for Avicii. After that show, Kygo was back in 2016 and 2017 on two stellar residencies, before being welcomed back a third time this summer for a Sunday residency.

Nora En Pure raising the game for Kygo
Nora En Pure raising the game for Kygo

At eight different parties Kygo has thrilled Playa d’en Bossa with his impressive line-up of DJs, including the likes of Benny Benassi, EDX, Mike Perry, Cedric Gervais, Jonas Blue, Lost Frequencies and more, keeping party-goers desperate for more. And Kygo’s final appearance was no different! Accompanying Kygo at the last night was Seventeen chart-hitter and international DJ, producer and remixer Marc Kinchen (aka MK). This epic couple attracted an enormous audience, unsurprising given both DJs are internationally celebrated and have fans all over the world. With word spreading like wild fire of this astounding pairing, Ushuaïa was heaving with hundreds of ecstatic party-goers on its final night.

Like many that night, I arrived at Ushuaïa with mixed emotions. Feeling slightly grief stricken that it would be a whole year before I would be able to spend another fantastic night throwing some shapes, I was also desperately keen to make the most of my last night. It was like MK had read my mind. He opened his set with all his best sing-a-long chart bangers including ‘My Head Is A Jungle’ and ‘Piece of Me ft. Becky Hill’, having his fans literally jumping for joy. And so was MK! He danced the night away as energetically as his fans. Out were his patented cheeky shoulder moves from the very beginning as he mesmerised the crowd with his tropical dance remix of Armand Van Helden’s ‘Painkiller’ that had everyone singing along.

After that MK, kept the tropical dance vibes going by playing an impressive range of pop and house tracks such as ‘Body’ by Loud Luxury feat. Brando.

Kygo Smashing Ushuaïa Closing
Kygo Smashing Ushuaïa Closing (Photo Courtesy of Ushuaïa Ibiza)

After MK’s spellbinding set, the anticipation for Kygo’s set to begin was tangible. And what an entrance he made! He opened his final set of 2018 at Ushuaïa with one of his best productions, Firestone, its magical energy intensified by fireworks roaring into the cosmos and reverberating around the venue. The crowd went wild. Singing along to every track he played, they were hanging on his every word.

After that, the Bongo beach tone was increased when Kygo’s uplifting remix of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’ was played, which had everyone up and grooving.

The pool at the rear of Ushuaïa’s green open-air venue was full of happy dancers delighted to be seeing in the close of the 2018 season dancing to summer sounds like Kygo’s remix of Seinabo Sey’s ‘Younger’. Kygo had everyone, including me, singing along to his tracks like mad.

Kygo also had everyone dancing non-stop, especially when he changed the musical mood to house belters, dance floor smash hits and Ibiza favourites such as ‘Pjanoo’ by Eric Prydz. What a final hurrah!

Kygo Smashes Ushuaïa
Kygo finale Ushuaïa

That night, people left Ushuaïa delighted and exhausted after a long evening of enjoying Kygo’s happy vibes, tropical tunes and sing-a-long smash hits. All the party-goers there that night left grateful for such an incredible end to the season and praying that 2019 will see Kygo back at Ushuaïa playing his trade-mark tunes.

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