M83 put on a stunning concert at New York City’s Terminal 5 on Oct. 14. Led by Anthony Gonzalez, the electropop band sang and shimmied through a bombastic eighteen-track setlist, while Brit opener Shura and a fantastic laser light show only elevated the first of two sold-out shows. Here’s what went down.
Here’s the TLDR: M83 headlines festivals for a reason. For those who missed the French electronic group at this year’s Governor’s Ball — a competing time slot with The Killers made for a tough decision — they had two chances to see them transform Terminal 5 into a disco party on Oct. 14 and 15.
The venue was as full for the opener, Shura, as I’ve ever seen it. Word has clearly gotten out about the phenomenally talented English singer/songwriter, who is fresh off the first leg of Tegan and Sara‘s fall tour. Shura delivered hilarious crowd talk between shimmering tracks like “Indecision” and “2Shy”, and she got so wrapped up in closer “White Light” that she knocked over her sample pad, to thunderous applause. It was a moment that made us love her even more.
Oh, right, M83 also performed. They delivered danceable song after song, providing fan service with hits like “Steve McQueen” and “Midnight City”, and new content from their latest album Junk blended easily. French-Vietnamese artist Mai Lan was brought out for the collabs “Bibi the Dog” and “Go!”, which is when T5 really turned into a discotheque.
As for the dancing, guitarist Jordan Lawlor drew the most cheers with his ridiculously fancy footwork — let’s just say there was a nearly-excessive amount of moonwalking — but frontman Anthony Gonzalez held his own, especially with his soaring vocals.