My friends and I left town early that night, anticipating lots of traffic on the Schuylkill on the way into the city. Surprisingly it only took an hour to arrive at the Electric Factory, the venue hosting Infected Mushroom w/M Machine in Philadelphia that night. We were some of the first into the venue around 7:45, and I noticed that there had been some improvements since last time I was there.
There were more lights around the ceiling and projected images up on the wall. The first opener did a good job of getting the growing crowd moving with some house music. There was no shortage of chill people to talk to- the crowd was mostly college students and older. It was a neat surprise to dance with another group of people from our town that we did not even know was going to the show.
Shreddie Mercury, the second opening act, ramped things up with slamming beats of electro house. I was under the impression that warm up djs are not supposed to play a set full of bangers… but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. The M Machine came on as the final opening dj, and the venue was quickly filling up.
Finally around 11:00, the massive sheet covering the two spheres came down, and Infected Mushroom took the stage. The vibe was fantastic during the show. This was the first time I had been at the Electric Factory without it being 90 degrees and packed, so having room and a comfortable temperature was a big deal. Except for a brief technical difficultly at the beginning of the show, IM was fantastic. The powerful Electric Factory soundsystem was just right.
They mostly played their new material, with a string of classic hits (such as “Heavyweight” and “Becoming Insane”) in the middle. Many of the new songs were a blend of psytrance and electro house music, forgoing the guitar melodies of past tours. The show “ended” around 1:30 am, leaving room for an explosive 15 minute encore. When it was finally done, everyone left exhausted. I had an awesome time at this show and would suggest seeing IM to everyone.
Five more days until Infected Mushroom stops by Philadelphia for their Fungusamongus tour! The Electric Factory, Philadelphia’s oldest mid-sized venue (2,500 capacity), will be hosting the show, with support by M Machine and Shreddie Mercury. I cannot wait! :D