People love to claim New Year’s Eve is a night that is over-hyped, and ultimately a huge let down. This is far from the truth for anyone who decided to ring in the New Year at Decadence in Denver, CO. Every New Year’s Eve, the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver becomes a neon metropolis complete with three stages, costumed performers, incredible lights and sound, and some of the biggest names in electronic music. The result is a New Year’s celebration that actually lives up to the hype, and gives you a story worth telling for the rest of the year.
This year’s lineup included staples in electronic music, such as Bassnectar and Tiësto, as well as bigger newcomers like Marshmello and The Chainsmokers. The first night was surely one to remember. Shortly after the show began, RL Grime and Baauer came out swinging, tag teaming a powerful back-to-back set. Their show was complete with heavy hitting bass and unique visuals.
Marshmello then took the stage playing a unique lighter set, complete with cartoon candy visuals and complementary tunes. Griz stole the show after him, bringing funky bass and an energy unseen so far. His crowd interaction and showmanship took the night up a few notches, and that’s a good thing too, as Bassnectar was up next. His proud following was not let down as tens of thousands united in head banging. Later in the night, Disclosure closed things down with a groovy set that didn’t disappoint.
Night two somehow was even more energetic. Early in the night, we discovered a magical hidden gem in the lineup: Big Wild was a pleasant surprise of good vibes and spirited bass. Shortly thereafter, it was time for The Chainsmokers. Their set was certainly different than any other artist’s on the lineup. The other two stages dwindled down as a sea of eager listeners gathered to watch a steady stream of radio hits and underground bangers.
Soon after, Tiësto took the stage dropping massive EDM anthems. Then, he slowed his set to a halt and a 60 second countdown began. The clock struck midnight and hundreds of massive balloons and confetti fell from the sky in an epic display. Tiësto then brought the music back, and a wild party erupted as hundreds of balloons were crowd surfed to the beat.
Post-midnight bass heads got a real treat as Snails took the stage. His show was truly remarkable. His heavy hitting set that had thousands head banging and definitely proved that dubstep is alive and well. Decadence was a New Year’s Eve experience like no other. The sound, lights, and music were amazing, but more than that, it was incredible to see tens of thousands of people enjoying it together.
All words by Jon Hicks and photos by Ambre Rogue.
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