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DECADENCE Returns Again to Help Us Ring in the New Year

DECADENCE Returns Again to Help Us Ring in the New Year

Patrik Essy

January 4th, 2020

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Night 1

This year at Decadence was unlike any of the past years. Starting the night off strong, Mersiv threw down everything he had, ending with his new hit single “Beautiful and Filthy”.

Mersiv was one of the artists that appeared at the Meet-n-Greet booth that Decadence provided. Here you could say “what’s up” with the artist, ask them any questions or just grab a picture! Along with Mersiv at the booth were CloZee and Jai Wolf, who actually followed Mersiv onto the stage. CloZee was excited about her performance and showed much love to the city of Denver. Keeping the DJ’s fresh, Whethan joined the stage playing hits that he has created with Oliver Tree and more! After the stage was reset for Jai Wolf, he entered the stage giving a show like non other. Having an electric drum set in front of him during his set made it all the better. He ended his set by telling the crowd of Decadence that he will be headlining his own show this year at Red Rocks!

Stage Hopping

As the night continued on, stage hopping started to become a thing; when you run back and forth between multiple stages to catch artist’s sets. Tiesto came out to a packed crowd all ready to see what he had, what he had was great. Playing three classics off rip made the crowd go absolutely insane for him, which then Feed Me did right after. Feed me brought dancers onto the stage with him while his dark visuals and heavy-hitting House music rang loud throughout the venue.

Stage hopping came into play again as Bassnectar was about to take the other stage. As he did it seemed like everybody in the Colorado Convention Center moved to be in that room; for those wondering that is where the annual New Year’s festival is held. Dropping his GRiZ and Subtronics remix GRiZTRONICS the crowd went insane. Shaking the floor and banging the rail everybody was excited to see this new hit played by Bassnectar himself. Putting on almost a two hour performance it was time to switch up the style a bit, leading to the stage Gigantic NGHTMRE. Consisting of Big Gigantic and NGHTMRE this group has everything from Funk to Dubstep to really anything to make your body move. The hard-hitting bass from NGHTMRE on the boards combined with Dom on the Saxophone and Jeremy on the drums is a combination one in its own. As Big Gigantic is from Colorado, this was quite a special performance for them.

Power Outage with Ganja White Night

Finishing off the night, Ganja White Night closed off the main stage. For most concerts, if the power gets unplugged during a set then the artists usually wait until its back up to do anything again, not Ganja. While the power got unplugged about 30 minutes into their set, member Erwan looked to the crowd for a beatboxer. Bringing up to the stage a random fan from the crowd, he first thanked all the artists then began to do his thing. For about ten minutes, while the music was being fixed, this guy was up there spitting beats; this guy was meant to be on stage that night. They finished it out and the music continued on, going even later than expected.

From the production this year to the music, everything was up’d, no question. Merch was good, drinks were available as well as food, three different stages were provided and so was VR. Decadence has a little bit of something for everybody. Interested in how night two went with the ball drop? Simple, keep reading! Also check out some night one photos below!

Night One Photos By Patrik Essy

Night 2: New Year’s Eve

NYE Photos and Words by: Julien Deroeux

The country’s largest New Year’s party returned again for its eighth consecutive year to ring in the new decade. Spanning the population of a small city, Decadence is home to ravers of every age, race, and gender. The party upgrades every year and this year we saw even more massive moving light rigs, more art, and a larger silent disco stage.

The Cybernetic Arena housed more of the heavier side of dance music from the Future House of San Holo and Louis the Child to the Dubstep of Diesel, Slander, and the night’s closer Zeds Dead. The Evolutionary Arena boasted a more club-like feel with a non-stop exciting party. With the exception of Canadian heavy-hitter Rezz, the stage had international Trance acts like Cosmic Gate and Gareth Emery, and massive names in House such as Steve Aoki, Fisher, and Don Diablo. The dynamic moving lighting system above the crowds at that stage were constantly moving making the gigantic room either feel like a small club or a large festival. It was quite fun to watch from afar and also from directly underneath it all.

Crowd Favorites

The first half of the night at the Cybernetic Arena had one of the crowd’s favorites of the night. According to the afterglow from Decadence’s Facebook, Diesel AKA Shaquille O’Neal was a lot of people’s favorite of the night. His mix of raps and heavy Dubstep sent the crowd into a craze with the most people on tops of shoulders and the heaviest headbanging. He even pulled his infamous move of hopping into the crowd to mosh with fellow concert goers. Double the size of anyone there, he physically moved the crowd like an uncontrollable force. Next, Slander kept the heavy Dubstep sounds going on often jumping on stage to set the vibe for the crowd. Following Slander, Louis the Child rang in the New Year with a custom video by Colin Miller that quickly flew over the decade before ending with a countdown into 2020. Confetti, balloons, and cheers filled the air as we all celebrated a transition from one wild decade into the next.

Ringing in the New Year

In the Evolutionary Arena, Rezz rang in the new year which snuck up on her as fast as it did the crowd. The countdown rushed by and she quickly came onto the mic, “Happy New Year, holy s**t!” She continued into 2020 with balloons and more confetti with her song “Edge”. Another crowd favorite of the night, evident by the hype still glowing on Decadence’s Facebook group, was San Holo. The Dutch musician often flipped from playing guitar, singing and standing behind the decks. He carried a wonderful vibe reminding the crowd to “Stay vibrant in 2020.” Finally Zeds Dead returned to Decadence straight off a flight from Decadence in Arizona to end the biggest New Year’s celebration in the nation. Playing the most classic of their songs along with remixes of classic Rock songs, they ended the night on a high note. Huge amounts of people stuck around to the final minutes of the night and people were ready to keep going.