Among the cities along the first week of Big Gigantic’s Brighter Future Tour, the Boulder based duo made a point to express how happy they were to be back in Asheville, NC. EDM has a minor foothold in this artistic mountain city, but seeing as it’s been a long standing source of awe at the Moog Synthesizers location and a choice few electronica festivals over the years, (Including Moogfest and Mountain Oasis) the existing current here is strong.
The concert itself was a late season festival reunion. There were wristbands from Bonnaroo, Coachella, Electric Forrest, and many others. Equally as set up for the oncoming Big G explosion was the venue itself. The Orange Peel ‘social aid and pleasure club’ has hosted a wide range of diverse EDM acts over the years. It hosted one of Skrillex’s Scary Monsters shows back in 2011 as well as earlier performances by Paper Diamond, Excision, Madeon, Break Science, and two back to back NYE sets by RJD2 this past year and the year before. Big Gigantic’s reprise at the Peel last month was definitely worthy of the sold out shows it’s been known for here.
As the night took shape, Big G mostly played the material off of Brighter Future, with some crowd pleasers from years past peppered in for good measure. Most notable from the first few songs was “Highly Possible” featuring Waka Flocka Flame, which the pair rocked the rafters with. Also making an appearance from years past was “It’s Going Down” which revived that bass thumping fury that the crowd still remembered.
The throwbacks continued into the encore with infamous snippets from Rusko and Knife Party (“Hold On” and “Bonfire” respectively). It also included great reminders of Big G’s previous album with “Touch the Sky” and “The Night is Young.”
Although the Brighter Future Tour officially wrapped up a couple weeks ago, you can still catch Big Gigantic two more times this year closer to New Year’s Eve. They’ll be forming The Big Gigantic Incident with The String Cheese Incident on Dec. 29 in Broomfield, CO and playing the Snowta Festival in Minneapolis, MN for an epic New Years countdown performance.
It was also just announced that the duo will play both weekends of Electric Forest in 2017.
Check out the links below for more information about how to catch the last couple Big Gigantic performances in 2016!