Written By: Mitchel Tilley
The Colorado Convention Center welcomes Citizens with the 8th edition of Decadence.
It is no surprise that Decadence Colorado is the largest New Years Eve celebration in North America as well as the largest indoor EDM event. The 2011 debut was a huge success with over 11,000 in attendance, which was the largest single-day EDM event in Colorado history. Global Dance (along with AEG and Live Nation) brought the heat this year with a well rounded lineup, creative art / decorations, engaging fan experiences, and quality event production for 2 nights of euphoria and wonder.
The venue, staff, and stages created an amazing atmosphere for NYE.
The Colorado Convention center is an outstanding venue for Decadence, especially the venue’s staff, amenities, and ease of flow. The stunningly beautiful building is located in the heart of downtown Denver and is complimented with a 40-foot-high blue bear looking inside windows. From the moment you walked inside, the friendly staff were ready to assist you with directions or questions, which moved crowds inside the festival.
The check-in, will call, and coat check areas were all very organized and the lines themselves flowed effortlessly, including security as well. There was a second festival entrance on opposite sides of the venue (near will call and VIP check-in) that alleviated long lines. The security area was well organized with signs for no bags, bags, and VIP. Attendees used escalators to access Decadence, which was held in the exhibit halls on the 2nd floor. With over 579,000 sq ft of space, the venue transformed into a gigantic warehouse party filled with nonstop electronic music, art, and good vibes.
Another amazing feature of Decadence is the accessibility of water, which is typically a struggle for other festivals. Decadence setup two very large water stations at the back of each stage. Each water station had multiple hoses for refilling water bottles and hydration packs, but the staff also filled some extra water coolers to keep lines minimal. On top of the water stations, there were water fountains near most of the convention center’s restrooms.
Decadence is one of the few festivals that only has real restrooms with running water and flushing toilets. Lets be honest, it would be quite cold sitting on a port-a-potty with winter temps during Colorado’s winter. The bathrooms themselves managed to have paper products as well as periodic cleaning throughout each night. Even though NYE crowds can be rowdy with the partying, celebrating, and/or potential messes, Decadence was very laid back with a friendly crowd. No matter what direction you looked, the crowd was united by living in the music and sharing good vibes.
The sets were on point and there was a little bit of everything for Citizens of Decadence.
Rather than hosting various side stages for designated genres, all acts were split up between 2 large stages, which allowed fans to discover new genres of music. Day one was super stacked with big headliners and heavier sets, which ended up consuming most of our evening. Day two had more breaks between sets, so we used that time to explore the crazy art, silent disco, and vendor village.
Top Sets (Day 1) – Nora En Pure, 1788-L, Eric Prydz, Zeds Dead, Skrillex
Nore En Pure’s brought the deep house vibes while 1788-L knocked some heads around with heavy unreleased tracks. Eric Prydz played mainly a techno set with a little bit of trance. There was a decent amount of his HOLO animations and graphics to create a memorizing visual show. One of the most surprising sets was Zeds Dead because they played such a variety of tracks and genres in their set, including their remix of “Eyes on Fire” by Blue Foundation. Skrillex’s highly anticipated set was full of old school dubstep tracks, heavy trap, a couple Jack Ü hits, and a lot of unreleased music. Before concluding his set, Sonny shared some reflective words about kindness and taking care of each other as everyone enters the new year.
Top Sets (Day 2) – Anti Up, Illenium, Big Wild, Ilan Bluestone, 3LAU
Anti-up was a surprise addition to the lineup and the duo (Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo) crushed their tech house set. Illenium played a rather heavier DJ set, while Big Wild brought the funky and groovy vibes. The Anjunabeats family were taken on a unforgettable journey through the sounds of Ilan Bluestone’s trance. 3LAU had a really fun progressive and electro house set that was full of Justin’s contagious energy.
Local up and coming talent slay the Silent Disco.
In true Colorado fashion, Global Dance once again built a locals stage in the form of a silent disco. On the way to the large stages, attendees could stop in the middle to catch their favorite local DJ’s. Sound bleed from the other stages wasn’t noticeable since the music was played through headphones with 3 channels (one for each DJ). Each channel featured a different genre and light up to a corresponding color on the DJ booth. Most silent discos have minimal lighting or production, but this one was surprisingly equipped with a massive LED screen as well as multiple lasers (pew pew pew).
From the geometric patterns of light to the spherical sounds, the atmosphere of the city was ringing with purity.
Decadence dazzled the crowd with high-caliber performers, dancers, and artwork. Citizens discovered the patterns and spectacles of this Metropolis, and departed with sentiment reminders of why we gather. While night 2 was a little hectic with the snow, it reminded citizens of the beauty of nature as they closed out 2018 with their friends.
Thank You Citizens of Decadence!
The music has stopped and our citizens are making their journey away from our yearly communal celebration. The new year is upon us and it is time to start writing this coming years chapter. This celebration has ended and you citizens leave hopefully enchanted by the vibrations of the remaining feelings that energized you all throughout the night! From hard hitting bass that made our heads rock, to the emotional melodies that got us in our feels, this is what it means to celebrate the cycle of time. The city of Decadence has once again closed, waiting to open after another years cycle! We want to thank all our citizens for partaking in our adventure here in the city and we cannot wait to see you all again next year.
This year for Global Dance has been one wild ride! From our club nights to Red Rocks shows, Global Dance Festival to Decadence, we have been able to bring all genres and communities together to celebrate our passion of music! We have come together to celebrate the ending of another year together, and praise the future that is to come! We want to wish our Citizens of Decadence the happiest of New Years! Cheers to all the amazing memories we have made together! -Global Dance