Major Lazer delivered an unfocused set, featuring a wide-range of styles, during their hour-long slot at the Critical Mass tent at Kanrocksas on Friday.
DJs Diplo and Switch came onstage wearing sport coats, despite temperatures being close to 100 degrees. They were joined by a dancer and an MC to hype up the crowd.
“This is our first time in the Midwest,” Diplo said early on in their set.
Despite being known as one of the most well-respected and innovative production teams in reggae-dancehall, Major Lazer’s haphazard set jumped around from style to style. It felt like they were playing what they would assume Midwestern audiences would want to hear.
At one point, they even played Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” However, their own futuristic reggae-dancehall tracks got the biggest reactions from the crowd. “Pon De Floor” was completely devastating when it was dropped in the middle of their set.
After some detours into dubstep and cheesy dance anthems (Kernkraft 400’s “Zombie Nation,” Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction”), Major Lazer closed with the hard-driving dancehall that they are known for. “Bruk Out” segued into “Jump Up” followed by “Hold the Line.”
Some of the crowd jumped onstage to dance during “Bruk Out” and stayed their for the rest of the set.
They closed with Collie Buddz’s Come Around” and Damian Marley’s “Welcome to Jamrock.”
Judging by the frenzied, rabid reaction of the crowd, Major Lazer should spend less time trying to please everyone and more time spinning their own tracks.