Bag Raiders are back on tour with their new live set after performing strictly DJ sets for the last 3 years.

They’ve made their way back to the lovely city of San Diego, this time with their live setup and a stockpile of new material for the first stop of the tour. With 30 shows to follow, it’s a pleasure to be the first stop before they’ve been battered by the two-month journey across North America and back.

Bag_Raiders_Live_North_Park_Observatory_2016_1The duo, comprised of Jack Glass and Chris Stracey, hails from Australia and are now traveling the states with an impressive act that includes a new live drummer, Felix Bloxsom, aka Plastic Plates. The group is making their way across the states with their usual combination of instruments, ranging from keyboards and midi controllers running through Ableton, to a guitar being played by Jack. This time around, the boys bring to the stage a more classic band ambiance – as opposed to their two man live show a few years ago, which is something any music lover can appreciate.

Bag_Raiders_Live_North_Park_Observatory_2The group begins their tour with a catalog of new material to play for the world. With the recent release of the EP’s Friends Inside and Waterfalls, they are set to release the third EP in the series on March 4th worldwide. Everything they’re making seems to be leading up to the eventual release of their second album, which is set to come out early this year (the duo states).

Bag Raiders Live at The North Park Observatory

The show started and ended a little earlier than expected at the North Park Observatory. It was awesome nonetheless. We got to see the band in full effect with the new addition of a live drummer (as the centerpiece of the stage setup) while the duo was holding down the left and right sides respectively. Even though the sound quality could have been a little bit better, it was sufficient enough to give the Bag Raiders the power required to steer the crowd through what felt like a rock concert; which was further removed from their classic house driven set.

Bag_Raiders_Live_North_Park_Observatory_3Fortunately, this didn’t mean that their backlog of club standard hits would be ignored, as they closed the night in epic fashion with “Shooting Stars”, an anthem that most people know and love the band for. Sending an eruption of nostalgia throughout the crowd, it is no doubt they finished the night with an authentic touch of Bag Raiders style that fans have grown to love them for.

Bag_Raiders_Live_North_Park_Observatory_2016_5Mixing old material with the new is something that all artists struggle to do as they mature throughout their career but it’s something that the Bag Raiders take no part in. Although they’re making a splash with a relatively new sound, the group did their due diligence of giving the North Park Observatory a show they won’t forget for both longtime fans and those that have joined the list after an amazing first night of the tour.

Stay tuned to see what the boys from down under do with the rest of their North American Tour!

Tickets for tour can be found here.

Photo Credit: Jesse Gassaway