Concert Report: DJ Andrew Rayel (The Vanguard)

Programmed by Insomniac‘s Dreamstate brand, The Vanguard was the place to be last night if you love Trance.
Arrived early enough to catch the tail end of a set by DJ Luccio (USA).
A resident DJ at Club Space in Miami, over the years we’ve seen him open for big Trance names like Markus Schulz (D), John O’Callaghan (IRL), Kyau & Albert (D) and Aly & Fila (ET).
The dance floor was beginning to fill in.
At 11:15PM, that unknown DJ wearing black began to play and out from the shadows appeared vocalist HALIENE (USA).
Known for her haunting voice favored by Vocal Trance artists, she would sing live for a good 1 hr, 20 min.
The only time I can recall a vocalist performing live at a DJ concert was when I saw Nadia Ali (USA) singing some of her hits at Koolhaus in Toronto in 2011. PHOTO LINK
Club was packed and everyone was really enjoying her unique set.
There was no lip-syncing; she was singing live as the DJ played the music. “In The Dark“.
Big roar from the crowd as she performed a new edition of Classic Trance Ian Van Dahl (B) hit, “Castles In The Sky”.
Resting her voice for a couple minutes near the end of her set.
Over the years HALIENE has provided vocals on songs for artists like Armin van Buuren (NL), Gareth Emery (GB), ATB (D) and more! Her performance was absolutely amazing and the crowd was blown away by it!
Spotted in VIP: DJ Cliff T (USA) flanked by Christa and Kelley.
As soon as HALIENE finished, everyone thinking that her set can’t be topped.
But then last night’s headliner came on and proved everyone wrong…..
DJ Andrew Rayel (MD)
Dance floor was just a little bit congested!
The Vanguard was packed to the rafters!
His set was just about all Vocal Trance although there were several instances of Uplifting Trance inserted too.
He played at least four Armin van Buuren hits and often channeled Armin with his outstretched arms!
Playing my favorite Andrew Rayel hit “One In A Million”. Last night he bounced up and down just as much as he did in his video. LINK
In a city with a lot of great club lighting, The Vanguard goes way beyond!
The night just kept getting better and better and had to be one of the best, most energetic shows I’ve ever attended. He began at 12:30AM and did not quit until 2:45AM. Tiësto (NL) plays here May 8th with just a few tickets remaining. TICKET LINK
The entire show was absolutely amazing and a good time was had by all.