Hardwell & Bingo Players: Double Dutch DJ Invasion at Starlight Ballroom
On Wednesday, April 25th, fans at the Starlight Ballroom in Philadelphia were treated to a double dose of Dutch DJs.
The event, presented by MASS EDMC and NV Concepts, was a make-up date from a postponed show on the Winter White Tour (originally scheduled for several months ago in Trenton, NJ) and featured two huge names in the world of EDM, Bingo Players, and Hardwell.
The event kicked off with opening sets by Amenzo, Fratello, and TEGA who all did a great job getting the venue warmed up as the huge line of people outside of the venue slowly trickled inside. As often happens at the Starlight Ballroom, the crowd grew, the temperature rose, and by the time that Dutch duo Bingo Players took to the stage around 11pm, the place was already going bananas.
We caught Bingo Players on the the Main Stage at Ultra Music Festival in Miami last month as well as their gig at No Sugar Added at Nikki Beach. Paul Bäumer and Maarten Hoogstraten killed it at both of those shows and Philadelphia was no exception. Their high energy track selection had the Starlight Ballroom going crazy.
We had a chance to chat with Maarten Hoogstraten for a bit after their set and he expressed his love for playing gigs in the U.S. and loved the energy that the Philly faithful had shown them. Just in case you were wondering, they took the name Bingo Players from a friend’s AIM screen name.
While Bingo Players could easily receive top billing for a show, it was Dutch wunderkind Hardwell that took the headlining honors on Wednesday night. Just 23 years old, Hardwell has set the EDM world on fire. With #1 hits, his own radio schedule, a bevy of remixes, and an insane touring schedule, we’re not quite sure where he finds the energy to thrill crowds night after night.
Thrilling the crowd would be an understatement for his set on Wednesday. For 90 minutes he laid down a auditory onslaught on Philadelphia with a barrage of bass heavy tracks and club bangers.
At the end of the night it was apparent that Philadelphia needs their Hardwell fix and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him back in City of Brotherly Love before too long.
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