Kygo brought his Cloud Nine World Tour to a sold out crowd at Chicago’s Navy Pier. It was his last show in North America before he resumes in Europe on March 26. Kygo’s career is impressive: he became fastest artist to hit a billion views on Spotify, and he’s one of the most played artist on Spotify. The night started off with one of hes supporting artist Gryffin.
His set was filled with favorite remixes and unreleased music that has yet to be released this year. Being a classical trained pianist and guitarist, his whole performance was a multi-instrumental.It brought something new to the table. From guitars to keyboard and even synths his talent was beyond just DJing. There wasn’t a moment through out his performance where the crowd wasn’t dancing to the beat. He has talent like no other. I appreciate him as an artist and musician. Gryffin is doing big things this year and definitely keep on eye on this guy.
Thomas Jack was on next and anyone that hasn’t heard of him is now time to. The 20-year old Australian has been putting out a steady steam of beautiful remixes and original tracks. His music is in the same tropical house vein as Kygo. He had a graceful but a wise approach to the crowd, making eye contact and gesturing the of the crowd whenever he had the chance. TJ brought some incredible deep grooves that left the people that didn’t know about him want more.
The white curtain dropped and a video plays of palm trees and anything tropical while Kygo is behind playing on a piano. Minutes later the curtain dropped, the confetti starts going and there is Kygo on his most elaborate set I have seen in awhile. Kygo’s world is a genre called “Tropical House” which is a twist on dance music. Images of palm trees flashed behind him several times in bright neon. He cycled through several of his singles, bringing out Maty Noyes to perform “Stay“, and playing unreleased tracks which are set to appear on his debut album.
Towards the end of the night the crowd was singing to every word there wasn’t one person that wasn’t enjoying themselves. Kygo’s Cloud Nine tour has been known to bring out special surprises and last night wasn’t an exception. Chicago’s own R.Kelly came on stage to perform “Ignition Remix” being from Chicago that was one of the highlight’s of the night for me. Kygo is getting bigger and bigger, and I recommended his music to anyone. His set was really fun and the transitions were smooth – overall it was an incredible set and I’m looking forward to his return to Chicago.