Oliver Heldens made his way back to Portland this last weekend, and we shuffled all night long (or at least attempted). Last Friday he kicked off our Valentines Day weekend, and reminded each of us that all we need is the EDM community this Valentines Day.
The energy at 45 East changes every night depending on who is playing, and this night the energy was amazing. The crowd was pumped for the locals, as much as the headliners, and they had every right to be. Everyone that played that night was spot on.
45 East recently changed their line up times allowing you to be able to hear both headliners. Awesome move by 45 East for allowing people to hear the most music possible. Jade Club started off with local support, Gabriel Driscoll, followed by headliner, Jaytech, finishing off with KYL. Downstairs opened with Jake Mcgeorge, followed by Eddie Pitzul and finishing off with Oliver Heldens.
Upstairs was perfect for trance that night. With a bit more room to dance you could get really into the music. Downstairs was all about house, and the energy that comes with it. Eddie Pitzul was a perfect opener for Oliver Heldens, setting the mood for what is to come. The moment we walked in, we knew what we were getting ourselves into, and we were ready.
Oliver Heldens’ music can stand alone, but then you add his personality, with sports teams, flamingos and patterned shirts, and you have something really great. With the music you can escape your daily routine and get all frustrations out. He has a way of giving you energy, even if it is the end of your work week. He is a full package.
His first time in Portland he was announced for a 2-hour set, and this just shows that he always has something to surprise us with. We have seen Oliver Heldens a number of times, and he never disappoints. This was no different. Maybe next time he will come as HI-LO?