Sonny Fodera and Dom Dolla are two of Australia’s in-demand DJs in the house music genre. They have returned to North America for another tour after the success from their debut North American tour last year. The Australians played near sold-out shows on their last North American tour in cities such as Boston, Denver and Chicago. Sonny Fodera continues attracting new fans through his innovative style of house music while Dom Dolla has attained ARIA Awards nominations and released singles which reached #1 on the ARIA Club Chart.
Sonny Fodera has over 50 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music and he released his fourth album, Rise, last summer. Dom Dolla was named by legendary BBC Radio 1 host, Pete Tong, as the “Future Star of 2019”. As of this writing, the Australian house music duo won’t resume their North American tour until April 2, 2020 where they will perform at Concord Music Hall in Chicago. Here is the review of Sonny Fodera and Dom Dolla’s spectacular sets at The Midway on Feb. 14, 2020.
Dom Dolla’s set
The music started to blast rhythmic beats in anticipation for Dom Dolla’s set on a chilly Valentine’s Day night in San Francisco. When the Melbourne-based producer took the stage, the crowd gleefully hollered as soon as he dropped the BPMs. The crowd at The Midway was a good mix of couples on their Valentine Day’s dates and platonic friends who were just having a good time dancing to the music they love.
The tracks he played include “Take It”, “Be Randy”, and his remix of Dua Lipa’s latest track, “Don’t Start Now”. However, when he played his recognizable worldwide hit, “San Frandisco”, the crowd began jumping to their feet. It was an appropriate banger to play given the city that he was performing in that night. The festive atmosphere during his set later provided fellow countryman, Sonny Fodera, to excite the crowd even more.
Sonny Fodera’s set
As Dom Dolla got off the stage, CamelPhat’s remix of Fatboy Slim’s classic hit, “Right Here, Right Now” emitted throughout the venue. As the tempo increased, the crowd cheered when Fodera walked to the DJ controller and began performing his set. The environment inside The Midway really felt like people were grooving inside a 1990s-era nightclub or a modern Paris discothèque. Fodera played a medley of well-known remixes and original singles such as his remix of British rapper Stormzy’s hit track, ” Shut Up”. He also played tracks from Rise, his fourth and latest album, such as “Into You” and “Scratch My Back”.
As he produced some fast, booming bass-lines, Fodera was enjoying the moment he was in during his set. Although he is a DJ who has a very busy schedule, Fodera’s set allowed him to connect closely with the audience who continues contributing to his constant growth in the house music scene. Towards the conclusion of his solo set, Dom Dolla returned to the stage to perform a B2B set with him. The B2B rekindled memories for some attendees who saw the Australians when they performed in San Francisco last year. For a few, the joint set resembles the set Fodera played with MK inside an underground Berlin U-Bahn train.
Dom Dolla and Sonny Fodera’s B2B set
The Australians heightened the atmosphere inside The Midway by maximizing the tempos that pumped up the audience. The tracks played during the B2B set include Dom Dolla’s remix of Sonny Fodera and MK’s track with Raphaella, “One Night”, and Fodera’s own remix of Dom Dolla’s single “Take It”. There was plenty of grooving, head-nodding, and also a lot of shuffling carried out by some of the attendees. The emotions displayed by the shufflers felt like they were dancing in the nightclubs of the 1980s and 1990s. In conclusion, everyone left The Midway feeling very satisfied with the world-class performance provided by the men from Down Under.
Upcoming tour dates
After the Valentine’s Day show in San Francisco, the DJs later performed at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles on Feb. 15 and at the Mission Ballroom in Denver on Feb. 16. As mentioned before, Dom Dolla and Sonny Fodera’s joint North American tour restarts on April 2, 2020 at the Concord Music Hall in Chicago. On April 3, their next stop is Avant Gardner in Brooklyn and on the next night, Big Night Live in Boston. Dom Dolla is in Europe right now where he is performing tonight at Orange Yard in London. His last European show before he returns to North America is on Feb. 29 at Maasilo in Rotterdam, Netherlands. However, he is touring solo between March 13 and 28, especially on March 20 where he will perform at Ultra Music Festival in Miami.
Regarding Sonny Fodera, he will head to Northern Ireland where he is scheduled to perform at Limelight in Belfast on Feb. 28. He will later cross the border into the Republic to perform at District 8 in Dublin on Feb. 29. Soon after, Fodera will fly across the Irish Sea to perform at Marble Factory in Bristol on March 6. On the night after, he will also perform a set at Studio 338 in London. For the fans who want to attend any of Sonny Fodera and Dom Dolla’s remaining North American tour stops, they can purchase tickets on the tour’s official website.