New York’s Pride Festival was rebranded into World Pride this year on its 50th anniversary, and nations from all over the world flocked to the city to celebrate. After a month of celebration, parades, events and shows, Kygo took the stage late on Sunday night at New York’s Javits Center to headline Pride’s biggest concert – Utopia.
Complete with opening performances from Kiiara and JHart, and a host of guest vocalists who appeared throughout his set, Kygo played in front of a vibrant and enthusiastic crowd that showed up as early as four hours in advance to claim their spots for the concert. Fans got everything they could have hoped for and more, as Kygo played for a full two hours of his hit songs, and even threw in some DJ tracks from artists like Galantis and Gryffin to provide a change of pace.
Over the two hour set, Kygo brought out the artists behind a few of the tracks, including Valerie Broussard (Think About You), JHart (Permanent), Justin Jesso (Stargazing) and Parson James (Stole the Show) to sing their hearts out in front of Pride. In addition to the singers, a Cirque Du Soleil ring dancer performed, hanging from the rafters and gracefully spinning around on stage.
To close the night out in style, Kygo ascended into the sky on a lift, playing piano as Justin Jesso came back on to the stage accompanied by 16 rainbow-dress-coordinated orchestra members. Together, they performed “Firestone” alongside Kygo and Jesso for the massive closing moment to Pride. After “Firestone,” Kygo encored with his latest hit, a collaboration with Whitney Houston’s estate for a rendition of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love,” set to Kygo’s iconic production, which felt like the perfect way for the concert and for Pride to wrap up, bursting with emotion and energy that characterized the entire night.