After two successful trips to Minnesota on his Ashes Tour and opening for Zeds Dead, Nick Miller (better known by his stage name “Illenium”) announced that his tour with fellow DJ and producer Said The Sky would be making the long awaited return to Skyway Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Only thirteen hours after tickets went on sale on January 27th, the venue was completely sold out. Illenium’s return up north was set to be a special one.
After an hour of doors opening, eager fans were still lined up outside the venue waiting to get inside to finally see what type of show the two Denver, Colorado based producers would bring. Both artists, better known for their melodic bass sounds, stuck to their roots and wowed fans all around.
Coming on stage at 11 p.m., Said the Sky took fans for a rollercoaster of feelings. Keeping fans on their toes with moving bass lines, accompanied by fine tuned piano chords and drumming, the crowd was priming for an incredible evening.
Towards the end of the set, Said The Sky played a stunning remix of Owl City’s hit “Fireflies” that sent to crowd into a roar, setting up perfectly for Illenium’s inevitable arrival to the Skyway stage.
Opening with his hit song, “Afterlife” from his Ashes album, the anticipation from the crowd exploded as the beat dropped and the fog cannons blasted towards the ceiling. Illenium expressed his gratitude stating, “it’s so good to see you guys!”
Featuring songs off of his Ashes album, as well as hit song “Worlds Apart” from fellow collaborator Seven Lions, and “Shelter” from inspiration Porter Robinson and Madeon, the crowd found themselves immersed in the mellow flowing songs. Enjoying the live drum edits paired with climbing melodies, the crowd was suddenly reignited like that of a rock concert.
Asking, “Where are all the dubstep fans at,” Illenium then proceeded to drop some heavy bass music onto the crowd.
Included was a fantastic remix of fellow producer San Holo’s hit, “Light” which accompanied yet another blast from the smoke cannons, paired with dazzling lasers across the entire crowd.
Taking another turn, Illenium returned again to a more mellow vibe with his track selection, playing older tracks such as his hit remix of Galantis’s “Gold Dust”, a recently released Ryan Exley’s remix of “Without You”, and featuring his brand new song entitled “Feel Good” featuring Gryffyn and Daya, which had just been released that morning.
As the night was drawing to a close, Illeniun played his “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers remix, and as the beat dropped, confetti cannons launched across the elated crowd. Some fans stood awestruck, soaking in the moment while some dancing to their hearts content. As the confetti cleared it was to be certain, Illenium’s return to Minnesota was proof that the third time is a charm.