Kaskade, Milo & Otis Set off Alarms at The Fillmore

Photography by Mike Mauger

Friday night was certainly one to remember for electronic music fans in Philadelphia. The newly-opened Fillmore Philadelphia closed out a string of shows from some of the top acts in the genre. Disclosure played to sold-out crowds on Monday and Tuesday night. Electronic Sax man Griz threw it down on Wednesday night, and Friday night brought the princes of trap, Milo & Otis into town as support for the one and only Kaskade.

The Fillmore Philadelphia

Though originally scheduled for the much larger Liacouras Center at Temple University, the last minute venue change did not seem to do much to deter an eager, house-hungry crowd at the new Fishtown venue. I have to make note of the new digs as it was my first time there and, truthfully, I’m impressed. LiveNation has outdone themselves. The room itself is massive, beautiful and with great sight lines. Friday night’s balcony was reserved for VIP’s only, but it looks like a great place to enjoy the show. There’s plentiful bar space throughout the actual viewing area, as well as in the back for those who want to grab a drink and socialize for a bit at the show. Couches line the walkway through the entrance and give a very laid back vibe to the whole place.

Milo & Otis

Oh… and the music. Well, what could I possibly say? Milo & Otis throw down harder than 99% of the trap DJ’s out there today and their sets consistently blow me away. I’ve seen them a few times now and they just keep getting better. In fact, they were so good that the fire alarm went off without about ten minutes left in their set. The houselights came up, music was killed, and people were left standing around staring at the flashing alarm strobes throughout the room. It didn’t take more than a few minutes for the lights to go down, the system to come back up, and the duo was able to finish their set before the man, the myth, the legend came on.


Kaskade seemed to be perfect for my first Fillmore show. When the venue was announced, we were told it would house a state of the art sound system, and Kaskade put it to the test. Grade? Passed with flying colors. Not only was the sound on point, but the entire production from the stage LED screens to the synchronization of the lights throughout the floor gave the audience a truly unique and unmatched experience for the city. Truly, there is no room like it in Philadelphia. Kaskade’s mix of nearly every electronic genre did not go unnoticed, and got everyone going so hard that about forty minutes into his set, he had to let everyone take a breather.


He paused the music for a bit, reminisced about old times in Philly, giving shout outs to cheesesteaks, of course. And talked about his first time playing here was at some old Italian restaurant under I-95 where they just moved all the tables to the side and let him set up decks and play house music. He recalled the old Identity Festival, and ultimate gave it up to all the people who had been with him since the beginning. Then, threw it back with some of his older tracks, remembering a time when “this was house music.”

Kaskade is on tour now in support of his latest release, Automatic, out now. Check him out on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud and Spotify. And don’t miss our photo gallery below!

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