It was a cool Sunday night when a line started forming for the fourth night in a row outside the Resident; everyone’s favorite intimate venue in the heart of the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. With a custom food truck and a bar full of trendy cocktails both located on their patio, along with their indoor dance floor and grand bar, the Resident is known for being the perfect place to dance and spend time with friends on the weekends. This past weekend though was especially busy with the addition of a four-night residency for the French pop electronic group Yelle as part of their Club Party USA/Canada Tour this Fall. All four nights of the residency were sold out months in advance, building anticipation until early November for all.

Now that the Yelle club party weekend was upon Los Angeles, the energy proved palpable as Lewis OfMan entered the stage for the last night. While he is only 19 years old, this French pop electronic DJ has demonstrated an impressive grasp of the genre. His first solo EP “Yo Bene” dropped this year to the delight of all in Paris, where his popularity is off the charts. It was a delightful surprise then here in Los Angeles to have the opportunity to hear France’s up and coming electronic artist in a venue that felt like it belonged in New York City with it’s European underground influences. OfMan got everyone dancing on the floor, and warmed the crowd up for the party that was about to begin.

Yelle (Julie Budet) then entered the stage in a bright pink full body suit to a full house with her band mates GrandMarnier (Jean-Francois Perrier) and Tepr (Tanguy Destable), beginning their last Club Party in Los Angeles. The party started right away with crowd favorites, including their long time top single “Je veux te voir.” Everyone at the Resident sang along to their favorites, the language barrier proving to be merely in their minds. Yelle kept the energy up all night with her infectious dance moves and played special rhythm games with the audience throughout the show. Her percussionist band mates interacted with the audience as well, jumping on tables and leading the crowd in sing-alongs. At the end of the night, everyone left the venue feeling especially lucky to have been part of one of the best French electropop residencies of 2017.

With only a few tour dates left in the US, catch Yelle rock the Casbah in San Diego on November 7th, continuing their tour after to Phoenix, Arizona. This is a party you don’t want to miss.

Photography by Sarah Woods

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