Los Angeles dance music fans have been yearning to see Fred again.. live since his surprise OMG TBA set alongside Skrillex and Four Tet at Coachella 2023 in April. This Tuesday, the U.K.-based phenomenon began the first of 8 extraordinary nights at Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall.
Selling approximately 40,000 total tickets throughout the duration of the residency, Fred again..’s October 2023 run is breaking the record for the most consecutive shows a single artist has ever performed at the venue throughout its nearly 100-year history.
After spending the last few years watching iconic Fred again.. live sets, from Boiler Room to Glastonbury and everything in between, we arrived on the night of October 25 [night two] in disbelief that our actual life would finally experience his masterful mixing live in action. Passing a sign that said “This Show Is Sold Out” upon entry, we entered the venue for what was sure to be a historic night in Los Angeles.
U.K. producer TSHA set the tone for the evening, opening the night with a diverse mix of dark techno beats and uplifting vocal moments – including her latest single, “Somebody” with Ellie Goulding and Gregory Porter. The crowd began to fill up quickly, and by the end of TSHA’s set, the audience began to chant “Fred Again” over and over in anticipation of the main event.
Around 9:30 p.m., it was finally time for Fred [and Tony] to take the stage. When the lights turned on, the video prologue began across the screens, and the crowd ignited with an incredible united roar as the opening notes of Kyle (i found you) filled the airwaves. From the very first moment through the last second of the night, the 6300-person crowd was completely captivated by Fred Gibson and his partner-in-crime Tony, singing in unison to massive hits from Actual Life albums 1 through 3, such as “Danielle (smile on my face)”, Roze (forgive), Marea (we’ve lost dancing), and more.
Closing the night with his hit single, “Delilah (pull me out of this),” Fred again.. sent fans off with one final singalong of “Angie (i’ve been lost).” With partygoers realizing their reflections were being projected onto the ceiling above, we sang the words “I’ve been lost for a while, but I’m really trying…” as the night concluded.
Feeling speechless, I overheard a woman say, “…that was euphoric”, as we made our way to the exit doors. And that perfectly summed up the night in one word – euphoric.
Fred again..’s Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall shows are happening through Thursday, November 2. Are you one of the lucky ones experiencing this mind-blowing tour in Los Angeles?