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Photos: Disclosure Brings House And A Dazzling Light Show To Navy Pier

By Justin Freeman in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 16, 2015 3:35PM

Last night, Disclosure did their very best to transform the festival hall at Navy Pier into a warehouse rave—like the kind you'd see in one of those terrible 90s hacker cyberpunk movies. Luckily, we were there to capture it all.

Disclosure opened with “White Noise.” in a simple setup reminiscent of bands like Kraftwerk, basked in minimal white lights in the shape of crosses. Throughout the night, the band had the majority of the audience in their control. We looked around and were mesmerized by a circle of tall, stylishly flamboyant men battling it out and trying to out-vogue each other as Disclosure played the heavily house-influenced “F For You.” “It’s good to be back in the home of house music,” one of them noted to the crowd at some point before continuing, “Thank you for coming out in such large numbers.”

The set was split pretty evenly between new stuff from the freshly released Caracal and crowd pleasers from their debut album Settle. Jillian Hervey of Lion Babe, who we profiled as a band to catch at Lollapalooza a few months ago, made an appearance to sing the vocals on new single “Hourglass” and “When a Fire Starts to Burn” still sounds as catchy and combustible as ever:

They ended their set with “Latch.” Bright white lights and a recording of Sam Smith’s screeching falsetto filled the festival hall as people danced with a sense of freedom and joy as they attempted to soak in that moment with their friends before having to return to the normalcy of modern life.

As we walked along the pier making our way back to the allotment of transportation options, a drunk bro who I didn’t know yelled “LET’S GO DRINK AT TACO BELL!” at me. I nodded politely at him as I got on the bus and went home.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said Disclosure played in the ballroom at Navy Pier when in fact they played the festival hall at Navy Pier.