I'm personally not the biggest fan of 18+ events, but when the music is right and we are all there for the same cause, age doesn't matter. DirtyRock opened the night with a mix of electro house tunes that had everyone dancing along. He even played an original track with Candyland called "4loko," a drink known in the party circuit for getting you hammered before even getting into an event. The song seemed fitting as there were plenty of young PLUR-friendly ragers in the crowd dressed in plushy hats and raver lights who were partying in true 4loko fashion.
Once Le Castle Vania got on stage around 12:15 a.m., he got on the mic and yelled, "I heard
Orange County likes to party! If this is true, I want everyone to get crazy jumping up and down with me as this song drops." The crowd was ready armed with glow sticks in hand and enough energy to fill the Yost's massive dance floor. Crazy laser light shows, go-go dancers dressed in black wings and a massive LED wall behind the DJ booth which changed with each beat added to the already stimulating show Le Castle Vania was putting on.
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At one point Dylan Eiland, aka Le Castle Vania, channeled his inner Daft Punk as he jumped on the DJ table with Thomas-like visor glasses as he played a remix of "Around the World." The dance party continued strong everywhere from backstage, in the crowd and in the upstairs bottle service area. Everywhere you looked fans were getting down to Le Castle Vania's massive sound. Even Party Panda made a cameo in the DJ booth dancing like a mad man and shuffling on stage to "Nobody Gets Out Alive."
Critic's Bias: It's always a fun night when you end up wearing a Party Panda head while dancing on stage, but it looked like everyone else was having a blast too.
Overheard in the Crowd: Kept hearing "Le Castle Vania is killing it" all night long. He did go pretty hard... my feet still hurt from all the dancing.
Random Notebook Dump: Though I love doing Jedi techno tricks and watching the dancers throw foamy glow sticks into the crowd, I wish they'd come up with something new for us to play with. It's getting kind of old.