Hot Chip, Passion Pit Light Up The Hollywood Bowl
Both musical guests, known for their eclectic arrangements of musical pop and synthesized indie tracks, brought energy and chemistry to the stage for crowds that packed the stadium.
Passion Pit lead singer Michael Angelakos brought the stage to life with his superb vocals and charismatic energy. Wearing a white button-down shirt, checked tie, and hipster gray skinny jeans, Angelakos paced the length of the stage, belting out classic Passion Pit songs “To Kingdom Come” and “Sleepyhead.”
Caroline Pfaff, a 31-year-old from Florida, declared the show was one of her best at the Bowl. “I thought it was epic. I’ve listened to their music for so many years, and I really appreciate it when I hear artists playing their music without losing their roots. The fact that I could hear every single instrument for the most part, in sequence, was superb”.
The American electro pop group, originally founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts, brought unusual activity to the Hollywood Bowl.
Rather than serenading the concert attendees with calming music, the group brought the audience out of their seats to dance during the performance with upbeat hits such as “Sleepyhead” and “Cuddle Fuddle”.
Guests from the very front rows to the far corners of the stadium rose out of their seats to move to the pulsing beat of the music. Some danced while others embraced and swayed to the music in the open-air stadium, enjoying the last wafts of the warm summer breeze.
Hot Chip vocalists, Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard, elicited enthusiasm from the crowd, and the band's chemistry was evident even from afar.
The British-based electro group, founded in 2000, played a variety of songs from their set list, including “Ready for the Floor,” “Don’t Deny your Heart,” and “Hold On.”
Lead vocalist Alexis Taylor performed on the stage wearing a curious all-white ensemble, dressed head to toe in pure white gear. Halfway through the show, he stripped to a white t-shirt displaying several hot chips, much to the amusement of the crowd.
Guitarist Al Doyle pronounced out to the crowd, “There’s absolutely fucking shitload of people here!” to be answered with thunderous cheers.
Their set included an ornate multi-paneled backdrop complete with pulsing strobe lights and a smoke machine. Fans traveled far from all over traveled to the Bowl to see the English electronic music band. Several sections of the stadium illuminated the crowd with neon wands and glow-in-the-dark party gear, bobbing neon sticks in the crowd.
Former USC alum Carly Allen declared the show to be a hit. “I found it to be a very nice dichotomy because Passion Pit has a higher, positive music style while Hot Chip seems to be more melancholy and chill”.
Syrian artist Omar Souleyman opened the show for the two headlining acts; both bands set to continue their separate tour of the States for the rest of September.
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