Global Dance is known for their production of bringing us one of Colorado’s biggest New Years Eve 2-day events right here in Denver. There’s no better way to kick off the new decade than at Decadence Colorado! If you want to have a good New Year’s Eve bash while also fighting this winter cold, Decadence CO is the way to go, as it’s hosted inside a warm convention center. This year for 2019, they brought us their best futuristic space theme yet for the festival; an intergalactic LED theme throughout the entire venue that’ll leave you in awe as you move from stage to stage. Here at Decadence, they’ve provided two main stages along with a beautiful room in between each stage filled with art installations, a virtual reality station, and a silent disco. This middle room was perfect for wanting to chill out between sets and gave a perfect opportunity to capture photos with your rave fam, best friends, lover, and even new friends you’ve made at the festival.
There were many attendees of all ages at this festival as the line up was stacked with legendary and diverse artists like Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Slander, Bassnectar, San Holo, Ganja White Night, and many more to be mentioned. One stage called the Cybernetic Arena was loved by the headbangers as it represented a heavier bass style of music with dubstep and hard-hitting wubs, while the other stage called the Evolutionary Arena brought a euphoric vibe of house, trance, and popular big house tunes that everyone can enjoy jamming their hearts out to.
We were eagerly bouncing around the entire venue checking out what’s in store for us. After getting our photo-ops in the art installation stage, we headed out to explore the other stages and Tiesto at the Evolutionary Arena was by far the most eye-catching, phenomenal experience at that stage out of the whole night. He delivered a fantastic performance that filled the entire room and dropped some classic tunes where my partner and I danced our hearts out and sang along to every word.
Over at the Cybernetic Arena, we eagerly anticipated Big Gigantic and Nghtmare’s collab called “Gigantic Nghtmare” and their mind-blowing performance completely exceeded our expectations. Their closing set included Big Gigantic’s live band with their drums and saxophone working melodically with Nghtmare’s mixing. They delivered a heavy mix of dubstep combined with popular radio tunes such as a mash up of Rihanna’s feature of “All of the Lights” amd San Holo’s “Light” that completely blew my mind.
There were many more attendees on this day compared to yesterday, all ready to wish the decade goodbye and to welcome the new year. After walking around and capturing photos of the amazingly-dressed attendees ready to welcome to 2020, our first set we headed to was Steve Aoki at the Evolutionary Arena. Without fail, he delivered a fantastic performance, as always, that brought everyone into the room into a complete New Year’s rage. He invited four lucky fans to join him inside his DJ booth during his set, which kept all the attendees pumped for the rest of the night.
One of my favorite sets of the night was right after Steve Aoki, and it happened to be a legendary trance producer named Gareth Emery. Not only were his on-screen visuals spectacular, but he knew exactly what his crowd wanted to hear as he explored different genres appealing to all ages such as “9PM” by ATB, “Darude” by Sandstorm, “Gold” by Excision, and lastly some Hardstyle bangers at the end of his set.
As the clock ticked closer to midnight, we prepared for the ball drop as REZZ began her hypnotic set that many of her younger fans had been anticipating for. We began counting down the seconds to 2020, and once it hit midnight, confetti and balloons filled the room as the heavy bassline of her famous hit “Edge” played the entire room, making it the very first song we at the Evolutionary Arena listened to in 2020.
Over at the Cybernetic Arena at 2 A.M., fans grew impatient as they were waiting for their favorite artists, Zeds Dead, to enter room. Because their flight was delayed, they began their performance at 2:30 A.M. but that did not stop them from delivering one of the hardest heavy-bass performances of the night at that stage. Like Tiesto, the entire stage was filled front to back with eager fans ready to end their night with a wubby hard-hitting performance by the ZD boys. Although they arrived late, they were still able to perform their entire set which all of their loyal fans stayed to rage out to.
Decadence Colorado delivered a completely stacked line up and was very wise with how they timed the sets of their biggest performers. There were no major time clashes, which gave everyone the opportunity to rest, hydrate, and bond with the new friends they’ve created throughout the night. Decadence is officially one of the top NYE festivals to attend to that will leave you wanting to come back year after year.