This month I was one of the lucky few thousand that descended upon the glorious and prestigious Red Rocks Amphitheater for two nights with Flume & Friends. These two nights were in support of Harley Streten, better known as Flume's recent release of his mixtape "Hi this is Flume" in the last few months, including features with Vera Blue, JPEGMAFIA, Slowthai, Reo Cragun, and London Grammar's Hannah Reid.
All but Hannah Reid were in attendance and performed, with Slowthai and then JPEGMAFIA opening before the main act. They all came out on stage with Flume throughout his performance.
As far as Flume's live show this time around, I can honestly say at times I was speechless. His live performance was just as energetic as it always has been, if not even more. Although maybe some would have seen his updated on stage antics as bizarre, I thought they were insanely interesting. At one point, he came out on stage with a sledgehammer and literally smashed a bunch of electronics to pieces. He smashed flower pots on the ground. He painted a poster board at the beginning with spray paint cans plastered with his logo. What a legend.
Another thing that I feel that made these Red Rocks shows so special was that because of the way the venue is set up, we were looking down onto the stage, which of course made it even cooler when Flume and the rest of the gang continued to run up the GA bleachers and out into the crowd throughout the show. It was another way of making such a massive show feel so intimate and special.
Flume performed many of his old classic tunes such as "Sleepless," his remix of Disclosure's "You and Me," and included hits from his previous album “Helix” while throwing in his most recent mixtape releases. He closed his set with "Tiny Cities," off of “Skin” that features Beck, and by that point people all around me were in each others arms.
Although he's only scheduled to play a few shows this year, hopefully Flume will announce a more drawn out tour, as well as release more amazing music at some point. He continues to change both his style and production, and gets better and better.
If he's coming to your city -- run, don't walk to grab tickets.