ESL One New York's focal point is typically on the gaming tournament, but this year the organizers decided to switch things up by throwing in a musical element into the mix. Krewella took the stage in the midst of already intense semi-finals of day two, and transformed the Barclays Center into a mini festival.
Prior to their performance, the electronic sister duo told us in an interview: "We are not gamers ourselves, but we have a lot of fans who are gamers." But despite them not being familiar with the gaming world, Krewella's high-energy set matched the enthusiasm of the animated crowd.
The audience swarmed to the front of the stage as Middle Eastern-inspired melodies opened the duo's performance before bursts of post-EDM synths rang through the arena. Krewella's fusion of electronic beats with delicate live vocals gave the teen-filled crowd just the boost they needed to rage, mosh, dab and crowd surf. Within those moments, ESL One was turned into a festival just as lively as Lollapalooza or Governors Ball.
Krewella performed songs like "Live For the Night," "Broken Record," "Come & Get It" and "Enjoy the Ride." The lyrics to the latter song ("If nothing comes easy as long as we're breathing / We'll go all the way or go home / We were born ready, wherever it leads") mirrored the gaming experience at ESL, where the teams were focused on winning the grand prize.
They wrapped their performance with a finale of "Superstar," their collaboration with Pegboard Nerds & NGHTMRE that dropped back in May. The smiles from Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf were bright as the lights flashing around them. The dubstep tune ignited the most headbanging from the mini-concert, and the audience was more than happy to join in on the wild fun.
For more ESL One fun, watch our roundup of fans showing love for their favorite gaming teams below: