Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo: Last Goodbye with a bang!

Photo (c) Stefanie Portegies

Last Saturday, in a full Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, the era of DJ-duo Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo came to an end. Since the duo started in 1992, they have been a well-known and important duo in the happy hardcore scene for decades now. 30 years of hits, many performances, international successes and a very large loyal fan base. All this came together in one big final show of Charly and Theo in the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.

With supporting acts by Marc van Dale, 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor, Nakatomi and DJ Rob, the audience was warmed up with some very nice hits from the 90s. The audience showed that they still haven’t lost their dancing and raving skills.

At midnight it was time to say goodbye to Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo. Singer Maycke played the first notes of the very last single “Last Goodbye” on the piano, after which she announced Charly and Theo! A 3-hour performance with all the big hits from the careers of Ramon Roelofs and Theo Nabuurs would follow. Confetti was a big thing during this show, there was a lot of ticker tape-confetti blown into the air. The big stage with video screens and a lot of pyrotechnics made this show extra special.

Charly and Theo are known for throwing a lot of t-shirts into the audience during their shows and this was also the case during their big farewell show at the Ziggo Dome. Many fans managed to catch a t-shirt. In addition, a few fans had brought along some flags that were held in the air during the show.

The biggest hits were played including “Your Smile” and “Party”, and of course “Live At London” could not be missed in Amsterdam. Especially “Stars” was a highlight during this show where singer Maycke started small and intimate on piano with many lights as a starry sky, this resulted in a pounding beat with the volume pumped up to the maximum. “Wonderful Days” actually summed up the entire atmosphere of the evening and the entire career of this duo. And of course, the very last single “Last Goodbye” had to be on the setlist during this show.

Some musical friends were invited to perform with Charly and Theo, including Critical Mass, Ruffneck, Brennan Heart, Gizmo and Dune. A wonderful trip down memory lane with all these musical heroes on one stage. Of course, Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo are not only known for happy hardcore music, but also for some nice hard hardcore tunes. During the last hour, the Ziggo Dome was treated with nice hardcore beats at an even louder volume.

With a very nice, but also emotional, evening until the early morning, Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo said goodbye with a bang. A spectacular show with beautiful visuals, pyrotechnics, dancers and lots of ticker tape confetti.

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