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Watch Deadmau5 rule his surprise set at Ultra Music Festival

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The last time Deadmau5 filled in for an absent Ultra act, he used the opportunity to troll the mainstage to an audience of thousands.

At this weekend’s edition of Ultra Music Festival, Joel Zimmerman was again called-up to fill in for a headliner, after illness forced The Prodigy to withdraw at the eleventh hour. But this time around, the mau5’s set was refreshingly gimmick free.

Novelty tracks were out and propulsive, tech-y beats were in as Deadmau5 stepped up to close day two of the Ultra live stage. “Nobody can ever replace the Prodigy,” he warned on Twitter. “Wishing them well and a speedy recovery. I’ll do my best to throw down in their stead.”

Throw down he did – as well as working through tracks of his own like AvaritaCthulhu Sleeps and Strobe, the mau5 gave a nod to Liam Howlett, Keith Flint and Maxim with the Noisia remix of Smack My Bitch Up. His own enduring hit Ghosts N Stuff may have snuck into the setlist, but all in all this was a decidedly anti-mainstage hour of music.

It wasn’t the only set Deadmau5 had in store for Ultra 2016. On day three of the festival he went full prog at Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance arena, with a set wedged between Markus Schulz and his friend Eric Prydz. “How about this. I’ll just go up there and have some fun. No plan. Should be doing a few ASOT “firsts” up there at least,” he told fans on Twitter before getting on stage. “But I hope you guys brought lube. You’re gunna need it.”

Watch Deadmau5’s full day two set below.

Katie Cunningham is one of the Editors of inthemix. She is on Twitter.