The nights are getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and in New York City, it can only mean one thing: The legendary open-air dance music oasis, The Brooklyn Mirage, is coming alive once again.
Following an exhilarating opening weekend featuring powerhouse DJs Chris Lake and Tchami, whoever took the reins at The Mirage on Thursday, May 11th had big shoes to fill. And boy, did Dom Dolla deliver. The Australian DJ and producer took control of the iconic NYC venue for two unforgettable nights, treating attendees to a captivating display of house-infused beats.
But let’s start from the beginning.
The Enchanting Brooklyn Mirage
Nestled away in the industrial depths of Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg neighborhood, finding The Brooklyn Mirage feels like stumbling upon a hidden treasure. As you approach the venue, the bass starts pounding and the flickering strobe lights in the distance beckon you forward.
Inside the Avant Gardner complex, which houses The Brooklyn Mirage and two smaller indoor venues, guests are greeted by a tantalizing food court and a well-stocked bar. But the real spectacle lies before them: a colossal 200-foot wide, 30-foot tall LED video screen. This screen wraps around the crowd, creating an immersive experience that rivals the world’s top festivals.
A Throne Worthy of a King
The Brooklyn Mirage demands charismatic artists who thrive in high-energy environments. And Dom Dolla certainly fits the bill. Supported by talented tech house up-and-comers Azzecca and Torren Foot, the stage was set for an unforgettable night of pulsating beats.
The opening sets, with their minimalist visual productions, only served to amplify the impact of the main act. And then, it was time for Dom Dolla to take center stage.
At the stroke of midnight, the 31-year-old maestro unleashed an unreleased track that immediately shook the crowd. Over the next two hours, Dom Dolla took fans and newcomers on an electrifying audiovisual journey through the realms of house music.
The night kicked into high gear when Dom Dolla dropped his much-loved remix of “New Gold.” Fire shot out from every corner of the stage, syncing perfectly with the pulsating beats. This was just the beginning of the crowd’s ecstatic reactions throughout the night.
Later on, Dom treated the crowd to an edit of Tiga’s “Mind Dimension,” causing everyone to sing along to the infectious lyrics. As the energy surged, lasers filled the sky, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. The visuals continued to transport the audience, from cascading fractalized leaves to being enveloped in a psychedelic haze.
The headline set also showcased the talent of English house duo Gorgon City, whose remixes of John Summit’s “Where You Are” and Dom Dolla’s collaboration with Sonny Fodera, “Moving Blind,” added even more excitement to the atmosphere.
Other standout moments included Mau P’s forthcoming ID, “Your Mind Is Dirty,” and an acid house-inspired remix of Sean Paul’s 2002 hit “Get Busy.” And of course, the night wouldn’t be complete without Dom Dolla’s iconic track, “Define,” uniting the crowd in a joyous sing-along.
A Grand Finale
As the set approached its 2 am climax, Dom Dolla dropped his latest release, “Rhyme Dust.” However, those who decided to beat the crowds and head home early only heard the original mix. Little did they know, Dom had a surprise in store for those who stayed.
For his final performance of the evening, Dom revisited “Rhyme Dust,” but with a twist. He unleashed Dimension’s recently released drum & bass remix of the track, while strobe lights cascaded from above the stage. The crowd erupted into a frenzied dance, giving every ounce of energy they had left. Dom Dolla then grabbed the microphone, commending everyone for their unwavering dedication to partying on a Thursday night.
An Unforgettable Experience
In a world filled with uncertainties, Dom Dolla consistently delivers a surefire way to keep the dance floor moving. Whether performing on a festival mainstage, in an intimate club, or at a grand venue like The Brooklyn Mirage, his genre-bending mixes seamlessly blend classic tech house with elements of acid house, future house, techno, and drum & bass.
One thing is certain: after experiencing the infectious energy and mesmerizing visuals of Dom Dolla’s performance, you’ll be left eagerly anticipating the next dance-filled adventure.