Porter Robinson and Madeon Brought The Fillmore Auditorium to Life at The Shelter Live Tour

Photos & Review: Shelter Live Tour
Featuring: Porter Robinson and Madeon, San Holo & Robotaki
The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver CO

Photos by: Shannon Shumaker
Review by: Dom Vigil

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Porter Robinson and Madeon’s Shelter Live Tour is an otherworldly experience. Ever since returning home from the show in Denver last night, I’ve been trying to come up with the right words to properly explain it, and the only thing that comes to mind is unreal. What else would you expect from these two powerhouses, though? The Colorado stop of the collaborative tour sold out almost immediately after tickets went on sale, and although it would have been better suited for Red Rocks (if only it were still Summer) Porter Robinson and Madeon really made the Fillmore Auditorium come alive - something that proves to be challenging for many musicians.

But before the duo took the stage together, opening acts Robotaki and San Holo were there to amp up the crowd and provide a strong start to the night. Although fans were still trickling inside while Robotaki was playing (myself being one of them) his focus was on getting the crowd hyped for the acts to follow. San Holo, on the other hand had the crowd singing along to clever remixes of both classic and modern hits such as Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” tied in with Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?” and Blur’s “Song 2.” Needless to say, with each passing song, the crowd only got more and more wild.

With a rather short set change between San Holo and collaborative headlining set, the energy in the room remained high, and by the time the lights on stage dimmed, the crowd went absolutely wild. Right off the bat, it was apparent that this show was going to be very different than a simple headlining Porter Robinson or Madeon set for many reasons, the first being the chemistry and camaraderie between the men on stage. Wasting no time kicking things off with their massive single, “Shelter,” the two had the crowd going within a matter of seconds. What made things even more powerful than the already emotional song was the mood lighting and spectacular live vocals.

Throughout the set, it was impossible to ignore the poetic symmetry, from the stage setup which situated Porter and Madeon side by side, and the mind-blowing light show that ebbed and flowed with each passing song, to the set as a whole, which centered around three tracks in particular; “Language,” “Technicolor” and of course, “Shelter.” Throughout the night, fans would hear bits and pieces of each of these songs, giving the set a very well rounded and poetic feeling, right up until the very end. After “Goodbye to a World,” the two left the stage, but the devoted fans in the audience weren’t going anywhere - they needed their big finale, and thankfully, Porter Robinson and Madeon delivered. A few minutes later, fans sat on each other's shoulders to sing along as they returned to the stage to play one last emotional, stripped down version of “Shelter,” and as the last song finally swelled, confetti filled the entire room, giving us the massive finale that we’d all been waiting for.

The Shelter Live Tour isn’t like any other normal show for multiple reasons. With Porter Robinson and Madeon performing side by side, the two treated fans with plenty of their favorite songs as well as mashups and mindblowing re-imaginings of one another’s work. Rather than co-headline over one another, the show was a spectacular collaborative effort that ended up being one of the most well produced, well rounded and thought out performances I’ve seen all year. From the light show, which was out of this world, right down to the very colors of the lights matching the mood of each song perfectly, to the flow of the entire set, the Shelter Live Tour was flawless. This is something you don’t want to miss.


Borgore and Zomboy Bring Mind Blowing Sound and Visuals to 1st Bank Center for Safe In Sound Festival

Photos & Review: Safe In Sound Festival
Featuring: Borgore, Zomboy, LAXX, Just A Gent & Decadon
1st Bank Center, Broomfield CO

Photos by: Mike Kvackay

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Safe In Sound Festival brought booming speakers and heavy hitting electronic acts to Broomfield's 1st Bank Center on Friday, November 4th. Despite the fact that the venue lies just outside the city limits of Denver Colorado, countless fans lined up outside the venue, taking advantage of the warmer fall weather to dress up (or down) for the night's festivities. Alongside an incredible sound system, the evening's lineup consisted of Decadon, Just A Gent, LAXX, Zomboy and Borgore.

Decadon is a local artist from the small town of Highlands Ranch, who came into the music scene just last year. Mixing heavy bass music with new and old rock and roll, Decadon proved to be the perfect opener for the show, both capturing the attention of those who arrived early and providing us with something a little different to kick off the night. Throughout his set, Decadon even praised the brave fans who arrived early to see him perform, head banging their way through the night.

Later in the evening was LAXX, who hails all the way from the UK. Although the local love wasn't necessarily there, LAXX kept the party rolling with his artistic visuals and hard hitting drops. But it wasn't truly until after his performance that the term Safe In Sound came in to play. PK Sound, along with Rockstar Energy Drinks, sponsored the massive tour and brought a line of their own speakers, boasting 150k watts. What exactly does that mean? Well, if you are in the front few rows, expect mayhem. During both Zomboy and Borgore, the bass would literally rattle your skull. Luckily for me I had earplugs, but I really do not think anyone in the building cared. With a close to sold out crowd, the nearly 5,000 people in attendance enjoyed every minute the mind blowing, earth shattering sound and visuals. 

Both Zomboy and Borgore have made a name for themselves by dropping heavy hitting bass music that all can head bang to, as I witnessed all night. Alongside the incredible sound and wild energy, Borgore also had an amazing light show which complimented the enormous sound emanating from the speakers, bringing the night to a strong close and leaving concert-goers hoping for another installment of Safe In Sound next year!