Ultra 2013 set the bar really high for Ultra 2014. Ultra 2014 proofed that it isn’t the same every year. This year was different and in a way jaw dropping. Picking the top 5 DJ sets at Ultra 2014 wasn’t easy at all. This year was different from last year from Armin van Buuren playing as GAIA at A State of Trance in an epic back to back pure Trance DJ set with one of the members from Rank 1 Benno De Goeji; to the Carl Cox and Friends 10 years anniversary with an arsenal of techno and house giants like Marco Carola, Loco Dice, Luciano, Dubfire, Umek, Maceo Plex and the EPIC Carl Cox b2b Nic Fanciulli DJ set. Here is my top 5 sets:
Closing Ultra on Sunday. Honestly the kid is now the world’s number one DJ by DJ Mag and I think he really proved it here in the epic closing of Ultra wow! Very spectacular and jaw dropping I think you can appreciate the DJ set more if you watch the video then just listening to the mix.
4. Carl Cox b2b Nic Fanciulli
Their is a reason the man is given a stage for himself and his guest DJ’s at Ultra every year. Carl Cox did and amazing performance with Nic Fanciulli the perfect combination of old school and modern Carl being 51 and Nic being 24 they played a two hour long set of tech house and it was amazing a very rare occasion to see them play they usually play together just a handful of times in Ibiza mostly.
The set GAIA did felt kind of like taking everyone to the church of trance. Not even kidding…like the entire set was just very different from the typical Armin and pure trance with a twist of techno and amazing graphics so unique see for yourself.
2. Eric Prydz (HOLO)
Eric Prydz really took it to the next level on this one. HOLO truly is breathtaking, I wasn’t there I saw the whole thing on my Mac and I was amazed I can’t even imagine how well it must of looked in person. North America’s biggest hologram ever.
In my opinion the best set at Ultra 2014. Deadmau5 replaced Avicii at the last minute due to a severe illness. Not only did he play minimal techno but he did the biggest troll in the history of EDM. The troll starts around 29:00 but the whole set is beautiful give it a listen and he also does a short tribute to Avicii with Levels right after the troll or maybe it was a part of the troll as well, we will never know.
Aly & Fila b2b John O’Callaghan