ODESZA turns San Diego into euphoria at NICU Amphitheatre

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Euphoria is one of the many feelings I can use to verbalize what attending an ODESZA show feels like. ODESZA illuminated the stage at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in San Diego last week, continuing The Last Goodbye Tour. The beginning of their set was something I don’t experience often with artists, but the uplifting, emotional lyrics and chords of the song ‘This Version of You’ brought tears to my eyes within the first thirty seconds. It was one of those unique moments where you can feel the anticipation of the entire crowd building up, and it’s overwhelming in the greatest way possible. 

Their hour and a half long set started off strong, and only got stronger as the minutes went by. ODESZA shows are an experience in itself, and Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight have got this set locked in. I appreciate this about them, because each show feels just as special, no matter what city you’re seeing them in. The visuals, the music, the lighting…they all blend together so beautifully to create art that is so moving, it’s almost hard to put into words. 

If you don’t already know, ODESZA also has their own drumline that performs throughout the set, and it’s the most epic thing. Mills and Knight even join in on the drums during certain songs. The synchronicity of the group is flawless, and it truly places ODESZA on a whole new level in the world of EDM performances. 

Their set seemed to fly by, and suddenly it was time for the last song. With a fitting name of ‘The Last Goodbye’, and showers of confetti floating down to the crowd, it was quite literally a picture perfect ending to such an incredible performance. ODESZA’s shows are the ones that leave you thinking about it days later, reminiscing on the way it made you feel… something you don’t get with every concert nowadays. 
The Last Goodbye Tour continues throughout the remainder of this month in various cities throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

Words and photos by Paige Good