Kygo and Thomas Jack Treat Billboard Winterfest 2016 To Tropical House Bonanza

Kygo and Thomas Jack brought tropical cheer to a snowy Billboard Winterfest on Sunday (Jan. 24) night, delivering standout sets for those in attendance inside one of the night's most difficult doors.

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After Thomas Jack finished strong with a funk-infused rework of Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved?," tropical house heavyweight Kygo took the stage to screams and deafening applause from a sold-out Park City Live.

The Norwegian artist was coming off the end of his Cloud Nine tour, which saw him sell out Brooklyn's Barclays Center and two nights at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Kygo also enthralled his audiences with a string of special guest appearances, bringing out Shaggy in Brooklyn for a spirited performance of "It Wasn't Me" and R. Kelly in Chicago for a crowd-pleasing rendition of "Ignition (Remix)."

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While no such marquee guests shared the stage at Sundance, Kygo's set was still a smash hit-oriented affair. The Bergen native thrilled the audience early on with standards like "Stole the Show" and his now-classic remix of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing," before transitioning to new Maty Noyes-fronted single "Stay" and a well-received take on The Weeknd's Hot 100 No. 1 jam "Can't Feel My Face."

As confetti reigned the sky on his pan-flute-driven melodic breakdowns, the latter half of Kygo's set featured tropical takes on familiar singles like La Roux's "Bulletproof," Calvin Harris' "How Deep is Your Love," Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" and Avicii's "Dear Boy," before reaching a natural point of conclusion with debut single "Firestone." 

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In the green room following the performance, Kygo was presented with artwork from a local Utah artist before retiring for an early flight to Aspen, Colo. to join his Norwegian friends for a relaxing ski trip. "I'm pretty beat," he admitted with a smile. After the month he's had, who could blame him?

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