Invasion Jakarta returns to JIEXPO Kemayoran in North Jakarta on Friday (14/09). (JG Photo/Diella Yasmine)
Snakehips, Yellow Claw Pump Up Crowd at Invasion Jakarta
SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
Jakarta. Invasion Jakarta, one of the biggest indoor music festivals in Indonesia with more than 12,000 visitors last year, returned to the Jakarta International Expo in Kemayoran, North Jakarta, with world-class DJs and acts on Friday (14/09).
The festival's theme this year is Tempus Chronicles, with the area decked out in 19th century industrial revolution style.
The festival designs combined elements of fantasy and history with futuristic looks and tech.
Many of the visitors on Friday said they enjoyed a different experience at the music festival.
23-year-old Shakila Nadia said she enjoyed the musical acts, and the fact she doesn’t have to worry about the weather in the indoor stadium.
"Indoor concert is great. I don’t have to worry about the weather and the air conditioner cools you down when you need it," she said.
This year's Invasion Jakarta lineup didn't give partygoers much of a chance to stop dancing or singing along.
Dutch DJ Sam Feldt was one of the strongest performers of the night, pumping up the audience with his eclectic mix.
He incorporated saxophone and guitar into his live performance, giving the crowd even more reason to dance to the rhythm.
"Come on people, enjoy the music and dance with me," said the man who was one of DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs in 2016.
Thousands did exactly that. Especially when Feldt played his hits "Feels Like Home," "Shadows of Love" and "Summer on You."
At the end of his set, Feldt played his own mix of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" to bid goodbye to the crowd who enthusiastically sang along to the classic tune.
"Jakarta saves the night! We love you guys," he said with a smile and a wave of his hands.
Another highlight of the night was an electrifying performance by Snakehips, the British DJ duo of Oliver Lee and James Carter.
For fans of electronic dance music (EDM), Snakehips is a must-see.
The duo opened their set with remixes of top ten hits like "Party Up" by DMX, DJ Khaled and Rihanna’s "Wild Thoughts" and "No Limit" by G-Eazy.
The crowd partied up practically from the first note.
They did more takes of mainstream hits like "Don’t Leave," "All My Friends" and "Déjà vu."
Moldovan DJ Andrew Rayel followed with a high-BPM set.
Known for his "harmonic trance," the 26-year-old DJ and producer has been headlining the world's biggest music festivals, including Tomorrowland Belgium, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas and Ultra Music Festival Miami.
Unlike the other performers, Rayel chose to interact more with the crowd.
He climbed his DJ table and ordered the crowd to clap hands.
"Put your hands up, let’s do it together with me. I want you guys to bring this hall alive right now," he said.
Rayel played his own songs "Daylight" and "We Bring the Love" from his 2014 album "Find Your Harmony" and his 2010 hit single "Always in Your Dreams."
He then took the crowd on a trip down memory lane with his mix of "Zombie" by The Cranberries.
Dutch dance group Yellow Claw, a rising star in the European club scene, closed Invasion Jakarta just before dawn.
The group pumped up the crowd – who flooded the venue and poured to the dining area next door – with their hard style mixes of hip-hop, dubstep, trap, tropical and R&B house.
Yellow Claw – Jim Aasgier and Nizzle, or Nils Rondhuis – played their world-famous tunes "DJ Turn It Up" and "Shotgun," before closing the 90-minute set with their most famous song, "Till It Hurts."
The group released their third album "New Blood" this year, which includes the hit singles "Villain" with Valentina, "Both of Us" with STORi and "Public Enemy" with DJ Snake.