Last Tuesday, night in Los Angeles, Disclosure kicked off their North American tour in fantastic fashion. The English brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence rocked the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena in their first-ever arena concert. By the look of things, this electronic duo are ready for even bigger things. Featuring a marvelous light and projection show and impressive LED graphics, the brothers played for over 90 minutes with a setlist that combined both old and new songs. The lively crowd sang and danced along from the very beginning as Disclosure started the night off with classics from their first album “White Noise” and “F For You.” From there, they mixed in many songs from their newest album, Caracal, which had been released only 4 days prior, such as “Magnets” and “Nocturnal,” which feature vocals from Lorde and The Weeknd, respectively.
Perhaps it was the early-ish start time for a headliner (9pm) or the long will-call lines outside, but the arena felt half empty as opener Talib Kweli performed. In fact, many seats were still empty when Disclosure took the stage and kept the arena from feeling completely alive. However, the situation was soon fixed as almost every seat in the arena became taken. The floor, which had felt quite empty was soon filled to the brim creating an awesome scene of cell phones and hands waving.
Not just DJs, the Lawrence brothers performed from side-by-side platforms that raised themselves above the crowd, allowing the audience to see that they were not only messing with their computers but also playing a bevy of instruments and backup vocals for each song. Their work was greatly appreciated as they masterfully worked the crowd.
The best parts of the night came toward the end as a few special guests took the stage to the delight of the audience. First Lion Babe came out and rocked the house performing “Hourglass,” the song off Caracal that she’s featured on. Next, Brendan Reilly performed his song off the new album, “Moving Mountains.” And finally, after a very brief encore, the biggest moment of the night came as Sam Smith came out with the brothers to perform both of his smash-hit songs with Disclosure. First, while standing on a raised platform behind the brothers, Smith delivered an amazing rendition of “Omen” from Caracal. Next, Smith came down to the front of the stage and stood before the super excited crowd to end the night with “Latch,” the song that skyrocketed the career of both Disclosure and Smith. All around, an amazing night for everyone from Disclosure to those lucky enough to be in the audience.