The UIC Pavilion was transformed into a club Friday night for Tiësto’s second annual College Invasion Tour, and not much has changed since the first time around. The tour continues to be the biggest EDM tour to hit the college market. The Dutch music mogul was joined by opener Zedd for an unstoppable night of music equipped with everything an EDM show might need: confetti, lights and tons of fans eager to dance the night away.
After rescheduling this gig from October 13 due to a back injury, Tiësto kept fans wondering what one of the top-selling DJs in the industry would bring to the table this year. After all, he hasn’t put out any new music under his alias since 2009’s Kaleidoscope. With the explosion of dubstep, moombathon and trap music, traditional trance music has been put on the back burner. Yet what allows Tiësto to hold the title of No. 1 DJ in the world is his ability to be a chameleon in these quickly changing times.
At the UIC Pavilion, Tiësto resurrected some of his classics like 2005’s “Adagio for Strings,” his best-known single to date. Straying from his trance-infused sound, he adopted some more-timely tunes like Dada Life’s “Feed the Dada,” Asaf Avidan’s “One Day” and Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child.” It would've been hard not to enjoy the show; Tiësto finished with an epic drop, coincidentally “Epic” by Sandro Silva and Quintino. Yes, you can say Tiësto is back in the DJ game. Looking at the completely filled pavilion, I’d say fans have spoken. Hopefully a new album is already in the making.