Flume Captivates a Sold Out Electric Factory on World Tour Stop in Philly

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If you attended Flume‘s sold out show at the Electric Factory last night and expected a rave, you ran into some serious serendipity. Instead, this performance intertwined complex soundscapes and dazzling lighting designs to produce one of the most captivating concert experiences in the world.

Doors opened at 7pm but by 8:30pm, the 2,500 person venue was wall-to-wall with people who have been waiting on this show for a grueling several months. As I watched from the balcony, music lovers of all walks took their respective spots in the standing room only, and anxiously awaited the Australian virtuoso’s arrival.

But first, the openers. Kenton Slash Demon was first up and their performance was anything but a standard opener. During their 45 minute slot, the electronic duo faced one another recreating their music on modulators and soundboards. Although their live aspect was admirable, their ambient house music vibe didn’t fully capture the crowd’s attention. This was the same issue with Basenji and his jersey club and trip-hop fusion. The music both openers’ played was surely unique, but maybe too much for a Flume crowd with so many different tastes.


Flume’s introduction spanned an intense ten minutes. A black veil covered the entire stage, but as bits of “Helix” pierced through the speakers lights correspondently flashed slowly revealing the super-structure. Once the build up finally reached its peak and the heavy delayed bass of the song reverberated, the intricate set-up was put on full display. Multiple 3D squares were stacked upon one another, which were connected by an array of LEDs. I genuinely believe that this elaborate construction is the most breathtaking in the touring circuit.

Oh yeah, Flume also played some music. With just two records under his belt, any normal concert goer would expect to see an hour performance. But this isn’t just any artist. Flume has had his hands in side projects throughout the duration of his rise to the top as an individual artist. Working with acts such as What So Not and Chet Faker, Flume has an arsenal of tracks to throw into the mix.


When I saw him a few months back in London at the Roundhouse, he was just testing out Skin material. Now, it seems as though he has been playing these tracks for years. And the transitions between each…simply flawless. From songs like “Lose It” feat. Vic Mensa, to his Beck collaboration, to an encore surprise of Chet Faker vocals on “Drop The Game” the crowd remained entranced from start to finish.

Despite the inability to move and attitude of some selfish crowd member’s, the night was one for the books. Make sure you peep the rest of Electric Factory‘s schedule to not miss out on another show like this.

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