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Live Review + Gallery: KISS 98.5 Kissmas Bash 2018 (Keybank Center / Buffalo, NY)

Back and better than ever, KISS 98.5 hosted one of the best lineups the Kissmass Bash has seen since its inception. With world-renowned DJ/producer Marshmello headlining with notable acts such as Sabrina Carpenter, Lauv, Cheat Codes, and Madison Beer, the hype for the night to commence was palpable.

Taking the stage first, Madison Beer was a dazzling sight to behold. The 19 year old singer-songwriter has found instant star power, which is surprising considering she only has one EP to the name released this year. Owning the stage with her vivacious charm, Beer was a perfect way to kick off the festivities.

Following Beer’s performance was the goofy, lovable NYC rapper Bryce Vine followed by Toronto’s own, Loud Luxuries. Both kept the thousands upon thousands of fans engaged throughout with their respective sets. Vine with his upbeat, solidly-structured raps and Loud Luxuries with their eclectic beats that resounded throughout the packed stadium.

With three down and four more to go, the Buffalo crowd was blessed with everyone’s favorite hopeless romantic, Lauv. Another young, talented artist, LAUV crafts original jams that are similar to other pop artists such as LANY or Bazzi. Brimming with energy and confidence, Lauv danced wildly around stage as he played some classic tracks from his discography. Each act seemed to play off each other perfectly, culminating in the excitement to continuously swell.

With Lauv’s killer set over, Cheat Codes were greeted with ear-splitting cheers and applause as they came charging out. Throwing stacks of one dollar bills into the crowd, the DJ collective certainly knew how to appeal to the masses. With confetti cannons firing off left, right, and center, it was absolute pandemonium and I loved every second of it. The dudes closed out their set with their most popular song to date, “No Promises”, finishing out another heart-stopping performance.

With Kissmass Bash alum, Sabrina Carpenter, primed to leave her mark once again on the city of Buffalo, the peak level of excitement was clearly evident of almost every fan in the immediate vicinity. The wall of sound that greeted her as she hit center stage was staggering. Sabrina took this in stride, and put on one of the best performances I have ever seen. Interacting with the crowd, belting out one perfectly hit note after another, and performing in a genuine manner, you could tell Carpenter was putting her all into her forty-five minute set. Leaving the crowd virtually stunned after her spectacular display of musical prowess, Carpenter easily topped her appearance in last year’s Bash by far.

Now came the moment everyone had been eagerly awaiting. Not only the biggest name in EDM but arguably in music in general, Marshmello’s influence has spanned throughout the globe. Selling out packed stadiums with ease, the DJ tycoon brought his talents to close out 2018’s highly successful Kissmass Bash. With impressive pyrotechnics and visuals, Marshmello flawlessly wrapped up the night as he got every able-bodied person dancing around. This is truly what Kissmass Bash is all about every year: good vibes and even better music.

Big thanks to KISS 98.5 and Entercom for having us out!

Photographer:
Jackson Fleming
Date:
Dec. 6th, 2018
Venue:
Keybank Center
Location:
Buffalo, NY