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NGHTMRE and Friends Took Colorado to a New Dimension With The Portal Tour

NGHTMRE and Friends Took Colorado to a New Dimension With The Portal Tour

Austin Whitlock

February 28th, 2020

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Known for his heavy dubstep tracks and with a deep influence in the many other genres, notably hip hop, Tyler Marenyi, better known as NGHTMRE, has been sweeping the states with his musical stylings. The Portal Tour was announced back in October. It developed as a way to showcase his talents along with a wide range of artists and friends. The tour features Wavedash, Kompany and a special treat for Colorado, Svdden Death in support.

The Openers

The show kicked off quite early with local DJ, Contra Scandal holding down the decks. Not only did he display his unique sound (inspired by the likes of Caspa, Rusko and Liquid Stranger) but he also showed off his chops by incorporating a live violin into the set. In the continuing trend of live instrumentation incorporated in cutting edge production – Denver was in for a real treat.

Next up was WaveDash. The three of them have been gaining a lot of traction. Especially, because they are so heavily supported by the Gud Vibrations crew. Many were anticipating the trio’s newest track with Slander, “Move Back”, and boy did they deliver. The track dropped to a frenzy of lights and sound, which got the crowd reacting. Also, in support was Kompany, LA-based drummer-turned-producer who has been making his rounds on the touring circuit. With his wildly aggressive, in-your-face dubstep, Kompany destroyed the stage and the venue.

Svdden Death was a big surprise to many when the tour was first launched back in the Fall. The energy was electric as banger after banger was dropped. Both the lights and sound collided into a frenetic fury. The performance truly set the tone for what was to come.

Suspended between glowing rings, NGHTMRE opened up with one of the most amazing live visual setups seen in quite some time. Flames, waves of lasers and stunning visuals accompanied the performance. NGHTMRE spared no expense, weaving in and out of familiar classics like “GUD VIBRATIONS” and “Aftershock” and new collabs with Wiz Khalifa and Gunna. As well as a plethora of dubstep and riddim one-two-punches. Perhaps the most stunning moment of the night was a drum-and-bass rendition of “Griztronics.”


Overall, The Portal Tour was dubstep heaven – bringing some of the best producers and DJ’s for an unforgettable night in the bass music capital. Track after track of amazing EDM, amazing live visual setup and a stellar crowd made the night unreal. There are so many great things in store for these DJ’s and everyone will be waiting for them to make a reappearance in Colorado.

Photos by: Patrik Essy

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