[Show Review] Dillon Francis at Terminal 5 January 18

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JAN. 22, 2015

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This past weekend, Dillon Francis took over Terminal 5 to treat New York City to 3 very special shows for his first city of 2015 on the Friends Rule Tour. The New York shows had their own special guests apart from the rest of the tour including Bro Safari, Anamanaguchi and the crowd favourite DJ Hanzel

And ofcourse, Dillon Francis made sure not to leave home is humorous charm (See pictures of him pantsless singing with Diplo on Night One).

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The first act set the hilarious tone of the night by none other than Dillon’s second identity the serious European deep house fanatic, DJ Hanzel all dressed in suit and tie and dark sunglasses worn inside to match. For a dramatic touch he lit a candle for his set and blew it out at the close where after he swiftly walked off stage without a word.

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Brooklyn natives Chrome Sparks followed with a set that showcased their ability to calm down a crowd and let them sway to a passionate base vibe, but also hype one up with their rhythmic movements to the pure sound of their instruments and special stage set up complete with carefully placed lamps for a coinciding lamp show to the beat.

In the midst of the fantastic set by Chrome Sparks, Terminal 5 filled up top to bottom with latecomers. 

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By this time, Terminal 5 was topped to the brim with fans, many sporting the Dillon Francis mantra across their t-shirts: I.D.G.A.F.O.S. (aka I don’t give a fuck or shit). The mantra was honored when the craziness of the night began when Bro Safari came out and put on such an insane set and the MC had the crowd throwing up middle fingers to the beat. 

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After the energetic set warmed us up, we were officially ready for Dillon Francis. Suddenly, the venue was incredibly transformed “Friends Rule“ tour style revealing a huge visual stage showing various dancing food items while Dillon slayed at the DJ booth at the very top. He played many tracks off his recent album ”Money Sucks, Friends Rule“ including ”Set Me Free“ his collaboration with Martin Garrix as well as “Get Low” with DJ Snake and “Drunk All the Time.” As a treat, there were also some surprise live performances such as his track “When We Were Young“ with special guest Chain Gang of 1974. In addition he was able to have a live performance of his track ”Hurricane“ thanks to Lily Elise bringing in the vocals:

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Twista even joined the party to perform “All That” with Dillon for the full effect of the song (And yes, we all did actually get low)

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To add to the fantasticness of Dillon’s music he ofcourse had to bring in the funny element by getting his pal The Fat Jew to join him on stage (See below The Fat Jew high as a kite on ecstasy waving an American flag in his bare underwear and a rather unique choice of hairstyle:

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The night was fun and funny, made me forget about all my troubles for just those few hours and truly not give a fuck or shit. I just hope Dillon Francis comes back to New York sometime during that tour of his, can’t wait to feel as free as the Fat Jew waving his American flag on that stage.

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For a guaranteed good time catch him on a tour date yourself:

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All photo credits go to Steve Garfinkel Photography.

Claudia Manganiello

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