Caribbean-influenced EDM act Major Lazer—whose current line-up is made up of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire—put on one of their most meaningful performances yet this past Sunday. The venue: the José Martí Anti-Imperialist Platform, just across the street from the Embassy of the United States in Havana, Cuba. Playing a free show for roughly 400,000 people, Major Lazer—whose team paid their own way there—have become the first pop act to play in the country since the diplomatic relations resumed between Cuba and the US. “For eight years, I have travelled to over 50 countries with Diplo and I have never quite have seen a show like this,” photographer Shane McCauley tells CH. “Some camped out at the venue starting at 1AM the night before. I walked past the stage while wandering the city a full four hours before Major Lazer’s set and there was already over 100,000 people jumping around and freaking out over the mic check. Sometimes I feel like I take these shows for granted because I’ve seen so many over the course of the years, but… this is one show that will stand out for me in my lifetime.”
Major Lazer hits the festival circuit, hitting major ones like Coachella, Sasquatch, Electric Forest, plus the inaugural edition of Panorama Festival in NYC; see the full list of dates on their Tumblr.
Images courtesy of Shane McCauley