For a twenty six year old male, I have been to my fair share of clubs over the years. From LIV in Miami, to Pacha in New York, I have gone far out of my way to experience everything these top ranked clubs have to offer. Recently I relocated out to Los Angeles from Manhattan and was very nervous if some of clubs and parties would live up to the same hype as I have heard. But after attending Exchange LA last Friday for Insomniac's Awakening to see Tommy Trash, any reservations I had were now gone.
When I arrived at Exchange LA there was a line that seemed to wrap around the block for as far as the eye could see. It was easy to think that there was no way all those people would be getting into the show that night. To my surprise within 45 minutes almost all of those people in the line had been moved along and helped inside the venue just in time for Tommy Trash to go on. Once inside I was blown away at the sheer size of the club. Exchange LA has numerous rooms on multiple levels that collectively is over 25,000 square feet of space to party in. As I made my way up the stairs it was easy to see why everyone loves this club. The art deco style with the semi dome ceiling gives an amazing amount of character to the venue. Instead of being in a club with flat black walls painted over multiple times, Exchange LA offered detailed stonework paying tribute to the original building.
In the main dance floor space there is plenty of room for all GA attendees and multiple bars in both the foyer and inside the concert space. If you have the chance to attend VIP at Exchange do not pass it up. VIP offers multiple unique experiences including both in front, and behind the DJ booth. VIP also offers non bottle service tickets with bars on the mezz level. This made it great when we wanted to take a break from dancing to Tommy Trashes music and needed to grab a drink and take in a great view of the crowd.
The show was absolutely packed. The fans were fired up and the second Tommy took the stage there was an energy that couldn't be described. Multiple fans showed support by wearing Tommy Trash t-shirts, making signs for Tommy, and some even made huge blowups of Tommy's face to hold in the crowd. As the show progressed I couldn't help but be in a trance with the visuals at Exchange. Not a second went bye that a fog machine, lasers, C02 cannons, and confetti cannons weren't going off. Between the incredible visuals and Tommy Trash spinning hit after hit the night ended up being a great success. Tommy has a unique style that combined with this intriguing venue made great first club experience for my first weekend in Los Angeles. Needless to say, this will not be my last time at Exchange in LA.
If you didn't get a chance to make it to the show don't panic, Insomniac is presenting the Awakening at Exchange LA for the rest of the summer. You can expect to see Ferry Corsten, Will Sparks, and more. Come out this Friday to see Ruby Rose! You can see the rest of the schedule and grab tickets here. Still no plans for this Friday? Call your friends and get down to Exchange LA, you wont regret it!
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