Last time I was at Arrow Hall for a show, it was Tiësto on October 3, 2009. Five years later, his protégé Hardwell alongside Dannic took the stage and I can honestly say “wow”. The Dutch really know how to bring the noise. Brought to you by Electronic Nation Canada and INK Entertainment, the I AM Hardwell Tour was phenomenal. Rumour has it that nearly 4,000 people were in attendance and I don’t question that number. I arrived at Arrow Hall around 7:45 p.m. Thank you so much to the wonderful LiveNation crew for a smooth entry. Once inside, I knew I was going to have an amazing time.
Note: A lot of people were wearing close to nothing on this frigid night. I hope everyone made it home safe because it was freezing outside.
I made new friends to rave with and I honestly did not want to leave, but because of the girl in front of me who kept elbowing my ribcage, I had to leave my spot. As I was leaving to go get a drink, I heard The Veldt by deadmau5 ft. Chris James and it was the perfect song to end with. Everyone put up their hands and was waving it from one side to the next. Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap (Axwell & Dirty South Remix) got the crowd going again and everyone was jumping up and down. Dannic slowed it down with Use Somebody by Kings of Leon, but soon brought back the energy with Like Home by Nicky Romero & Nervo (Dannic Remix), and honestly I’ve never seen the crowd react with such intensity during a track; this was their moment.
When Hardwell graced the stage, the introduction was simply amazing. The visuals along with the story made it seem like you were in a sci-fi movie. The experience was just magical. Hardwell started the night off with Lionhearted by Porter Robinson (Arty Remix), and everyone was getting amped up. I moved onto the side to dance, but then realized how close I was to the barrier. This placed me just to the right of Hardwell, which was pretty sweet. Hardwell continued to play brilliance throughout the night.
Here We Go was up next and everyone continued to chant. Hardwell kicked it into overdrive with Dangerous by David Guetta ft. Sam Martin and then played Young Again ft. Chris Jones (Extended remix). It was one of those moments that you had to be there to experience. It was such a beautiful moment to see everyone singing in unison and everyone just loving the music. Continuing on with the hot streak, Hardwell played Coldplay’s A Sky Full of Stars, to which I lost my voice again. I then smiled because this song at that moment had me in absolute awe as confetti fell all around me.
Thank you Dannic and Hardwell for making this an unbelievable night filled with magic, wonder and love. I cannot wait until the next time these two come to town and I will be sure not to miss them. Thank you to LiveNation and EDM TOR for an amazing opportunity. I had a blast and hope to see you at the next event. Also, a huge thank you to the wonderful police officers from Peel Regional Police and the EMTs as well as the security guards. EMTs and police were on point making sure everyone was safe. Last but not least, thank you to the security guards for handing out water to the people in the front row.
Amrit Sandhu for EDM TOR