In the city of Decadence, everyone is your best friend. I have never experienced anything like this festival before. The workers for the venue, check-in, security, medical, other photographers and staff, regardless if they had to be there or chose to be, seemed to have just as much fun as all of the fans. That’s a rare quality in a festival and something worth going to whether you paid or not. It was very well organized, there were large scale schedules posted throughout the venue, and a map was given to ticket holders as well.
Like any other concert, fans at the guardrail stayed there all night waiting for their favorite artists. However, something I’ve rarely seen was people being able to go back and forth from the crowd to the front with ease. The people of Decadence were some of the nicest concert goers I had ever encountered. Security was able to move through the crowd with ease, as well as photographers if they needed to. Fans were genuinely there to have a good time, whether they were front row or half a mile in the back.
Many concert’s VIP access is waste of money where you pay more to have a worse viewing location. This was not the case with Decadence. Not only did VIP access guests have great vantage points (not just one, but two), they had access to their own bars and even VIP lounges. This was one of the few events I’ve been to where not only is VIP worth the slightly higher price, but I would honestly recommend it. However, general admission guests also had many bars to choose from and an entire area where they were welcome to hang out and interact with other guests, including a merry-go-round and the Silent Disco Garden.
Last but not least, the DJ’s more than delivered. I had never previously seen any of the artists on the lineup for Decadence and I was more than impressed. Bassnectar put on a great show on December 30th for Decadence, then immediately went and did his New Year’s Eve show in Birmingham, Alabama. At first I was skeptical of how Jack Ü would perform live together, but I was so pleased with the performance. Skrillex and Diplo together is an incredible thing and I’ll definitely be looking to see them together again.
Overall, Decadence for New Year’s Eve is something everyone should go to at least once. It is more than just a fun night, it’s an experience.
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