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M83 played a sold out show at Heaven. I had been waiting for this gig ever since a friend got a ticket for me almost 3months prior to the actual performance. The anticipation was killing me, and I had thoroughly listened to a lot of their back catalog over the course of the waiting period.

I hadn’t seen them before and to be honest I didn’t exactly know what to expect. I got to the gig late and pretty much only saw the last track by support act Starfucker (STRFKR) but from what I heard it sounded pretty good. As I made my way to a good vantage point for the coming act I could already sense the anticipation in the crowd.

As with all performances at Heaven there was an amazing light show accompanied by some heavy drone sounds and someone dressed up as some kind of cross between the alien ALF and an alien from Mos Eisley’s Cantina. This creature is on the cover of the Midnight City single and the album Hurry Up We’re Dreaming. The humanoid creature stood at the edge of the stage amidst the light, smoke and drone and raised both its arms in some kind of intergalactic greeting ritual.

Once ‘ALF’ left, Anthony Gonzalez and his touring group appeared and launched straight into Intro, the first track on Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, delivering a high energy performance rarely witnessed, I could feel myself and the crowd being swept up in the energy that Gonzalez was providing.

The set continued with great hits as Teen Angst and Kim and Jessie. The sweet hooks that M83 employed were even more powerful live as they played their signature brand of French synth-pop. Gonzalez’s confidence on stage reflected his years of honing in on his sound, he conveyed an amazing connection with the crowd with his warm greetings and charming nature, as well as his infectious dance moves.

Midnight City was another of a series of highlights with a lone saxophone player coming out during her solo and really continuing the impressive energy that M83 employed. Amongst the thicket of fans I could easily distinguish between the hardcore fans, the hype followers and those gig-go’ers who’s drugs had just kicked in, and I must say I did enjoy the melange of characters that M83 can brought to the concert.

Blown away by the lush soundscapes that they created M83 was able to utilize their equipment via each song and put the crowd through some kind of trance, fueled by the synth waves, they were able to carry the crowd through roller-coaster ride after roller-coaster ride.

And even though they didn’t play my favorite song (Don’t Save Us From The Flames) I can safely say despite its absence it was a great gig that left me wanting more.

Thanks to the guys at Setlist.fm, I was able to recap the tracks played throughout the set.

M83 – Couleurs

M83 – Reunion

M83 – We Own the Sky