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Hang up and hang out with Lane 8 at The Mission Ballroom


March 11th, 2020

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Not a cell phone in sight, just people living in the moment.

This phrase has made its way into today’s culture through memes. It serves as a reminder of simpler times when people could go out, connect with the people around them, and forget about the outside world for a few hours. Lane 8 instilled this as the core idea of his shows in 2016 when he announced his first This Never Happened tour. The concept is simple, put your phone away for a few hours, and be here in the moment. A message explaining the concept and what it aims to accomplish can be found on the This Never Happened website.

Lane 8 illustrates his motivation for the concept by stating: “I think our society needs clubbing experiences where they go home with more than just a picture to post on Instagram. That’s why I’m starting This Never Happened – I want to create that experience for people. At This Never Happened, we invite you into space where the only thing that matters are the people in that room, the music and the magic that happens when those things interact. An event where the dancefloor will be a phone and photo-free space.” In order to ensure this experience is possible, a special tape is placed over the cameras of each attendee’s cell phone. 

Brightest Lights

Lane 8’s third studio album “Brightest Lights” was released on January 10th, 2020. The project is one of the most cohesive and well flowing house albums you will find in recent memory. Alongside the album came a tour announcement which not so surprisingly included a stop at The Mission Ballroom in Lane 8’s current place of residency, Denver.  Each stop of the tour kicks off with a meet and greet with Lane 8.

Le Youth provided main support on the Denver stop of the tour. Le Youth signed to the This Never Happened label in late 2019 with the release of his Aquiver EP. His set got the crowd moving drawing inspiration from the sounds of 90’s house music and R&B.

Lane 8‘s past record of playing longer sets is upheld on, The Brightest Lights tour. Each stop includes an almost three-hour set. The cohesion and carefully selected tracks of the set almost make the show seem as if it’s one non-stop developing track. Highlights of the set included two singles off his recent release “Road” and “Just”. as well as the title track. Also included in the set was his magnificent remix of Virtual Self’s “Ghost Voices”. The Remix takes one of the biggest hits in the electronic scene of 2018 and reimagines it into a beautifully hitting melodic house track.


The Brightest Lights tour delivered on its promise to be a break from reality. A much-needed break from the technology we are so accustomed to. I can not speak highly enough of the idea to remove phones from the evening. I would love to see more artists hold events of a similar nature.

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