One of the most iconic figures in electronic music, Carl Cox brings his unforgettable Hybrid Set to three of the most impressive open-air venues in the US this fall. Showcasing his incredible skill as a live performer, the techno legend will make his debut at Central Park and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, before making a glorious return to LA.
Globally renowned as one of the world’s foremost deck technicians, Cox is also a master of playing live using drum machines, synths and samplers. Launched in 2022, his already acclaimed Hybrid Set finds him creating new sounds, editing his own cuts, remixing classics, and creating brand new moods and grooves using an array of electronic music instruments right before your very eyes. His DJ sets are legendary and at the other end of his performances are his full live electronic shows. This duality creates a real musical hybrid as he bends the two universes together, seamlessly fusing his multi-deck DJ mastery with his own produced music, all of which is done on the fly and in the moment, allowing Cox unfettered artistic freedom to react and diverge into whatever direction he wants instantaneously. No two shows are alike and that’s the point.
It’s the kind of jaw-dropping live performance that only someone with 40+ years of experience in the industry could pull off so effortlessly, and it is a great reminder of why Cox enjoys the revered status that he does; rather than churning out facsimile sets or legacy selections, he continues to push himself, his dancefloors and his art forward.
That was also the case last year with his first new artist album in ten years, ‘Electronic Generations’, on which the Brit pushed himself out of his comfort zone once again. The 17-track album takes in all forms of techno from across his career – sweeping big room rollers, acid-laced ’90s bangers, heady and hypnotic wormholes, and maximal techno bounce – sounds that Cox artfully distills during his Hybrid Set shows.
The Hybrid Set US trifecta kicks off on the East Coast, in New York’s Central Park – one of the most famous urban parks in the world and the very lungs of the city – on Saturday, September 30. By performing in Central Park, Cox joins an impressive roster of superstars who have graced the park’s iconic stage, including Simon and Garfunkel, Diana Ross, Elton John, and Beyoncé.
From there, Carl heads inland on Sunday, October 8, to Morrison, Colorado, and the utterly unique and breathtaking natural beauty of Red Rocks Ampitheatre. With its towering sandstone formations creating a natural acoustic environment, Red Rocks is renowned for its exceptional sound quality, making it a perfect venue to experience Carl’s Hybrid Set.
And then it’s onto the West Coast for Hybrid Set at Naud Street, Los Angeles, on Saturday, October 21. On the outskirts of the vibrant Chinatown district, this industrial venue is home to the city’s best techno parties. Raw and gritty, with Amtrak trains rumbling alongside the space and graffiti art in view, Naud Street’s edgy and dynamic atmosphere makes it an ideal venue for Cox’s electrifying show.
“Taking my Hybrid Set to these iconic venues is going to be something very special and unique for me. My full Hybrid Set sees me perform my own electronic music live, fused with everything I bring to the dancefloor as a DJ so these are exciting spaces to do just that!”. -Carl Cox
With these three incredible shows at vastly different and distinctive venues, Cox continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in dance music to create indelible memories. The only question left is: where will you witness his Hybrid Set and be part of history in the making?
Written by: Editor of IVR