I've been to Colosseum Club many times. I have to say, the sight on 23/1 totally beyond my imagination. It was packed!!! LITERALLY!!! All because of one person,,, Andrew Rayel.
Since December 2014, when it was announced that the "Dark Warrior" himself will com to Jakarta, I was totally exciting. I missed his performance at A State Of Trance 650 last March 2014. I bought the ticket and waited until the date.
The day finally came. I arrived at Colosseum Club around 11 PM and what a sight!!! The queue was long. Soon after me, more people line up queued to change their ticket. After I got stamped, I walked inside and this is what I saw.
I really surprised. Then I met my friends and had chat for awhile. On stage, Reynald and MC Rongkie prepared us until 1 AM before Andrew Rayel's performance. Clubbers still came. I heard from my friend that the queue line is getting longer. The dance floor getting packed with clubbers. Me and my friends took the front row to secure our place. Well it wasn't hurt to take few selfie :) *sorry for the lowlights*
AT 1 PM, the lights were out, a sign for us that Andrew Rayel ready to took the stage. Then the opening monologue was played. Everybody screamed, including me. When Andrew Rayel himself appeared, I thought Colosseum would explode!!
He played his songs from his albums, including Followed By Darkness. He also played tracks from Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, even Alesso. For 2 hours he played his set and interacted with audience. When he hold the red and white flag, we all cheered happily.
A little surprise from Rayel, he gave one signed T-Shirt to one lucky clubbers. A bit chaos when clubbers tried to grab the t-shirt. Here's the lucky one that grabbed the shirt until the end :)
Overall, unfortunately my expectation was too high for his performance. I was expecting his powerful performance like in ASOT 650 Jakarta. When he started to play, it's a bit empty feeling for the first 15 minutes. The he started to play more pumping tracks, including from his albums. Few times Rayel made me confused with his drops. I was dancing by myself then he dropped the beat and changed to another songs... I was blank for awhile.
Luckily he played anthem songs and asked clubbers to sing along. I kinda disappointed because I really expected him to play more of his songs rather than anthem songs. However, I could see Rayel himself, what an amazing experience. Not to mention, got his signed T-shirt.
For closing, the magnificent Trilions with DJ Osvaldo, DJ Six Pratama and MC Rongkie took the stage. They never fail to pump up the spirit of the clubbers and made me dance once again. The dance floor was heating up again and the party continues until morning.
Despite the complaint I had for his set, I still want to thank Andrew Rayel. During encore, he played Ramelia by DJ Ram & Susana. This song is really emotional to me because I lost my Mum in July 2014. So hard to listen to this song. When the first lyrics came out, I suddenly burst to tears. The whole song I covered my face and cried so hard. Luckily, my friend lend me his shoulder and let me sobbed for awhile.
With that song, he finished his performance. Once again, thank you Andrew Rayel for your performance. I hope when I see your performance again, it will be more explode than in Colosseum Club. Good luck!!!
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