While night one of Decadence prepared Colorado and beyond for a 2016 to remember, New Year’s Eve showed us all that we have a lot to look forward to in the coming year. After the first night of extravagance, Citizens of Decadence new and old returned for a second night of decadent opulence. Jai Wolf opened up the night at Spaceport stage, bringing a diverse range of worldly-inspired electronic hip hop to his set. Meanwhile, Son of Kick brought some London based trap sounds to City Hall, his massive production bouncing off the walls.
Bass Physics took over City Hall next, representing Denver nice and proper. Their dream-like glitch-hop created a haven, starting the night off with just the right mix of hype and a relaxing, euphoric atmosphere. Reminiscent of Pretty Lights and Break Science, it’s a sound that everyone can get down to. Meanwhile, at the Spaceport stage, Black Tiger Sex Machine brought the darkness and thrill, encapturing their fans in a post-apocalyptic vision.
Night two was heavy with progressive house. Gareth Emery brought his trance-like prog house to the Spaceport stage, hula hoopers spinning with joy in the background. His performance set the tone for Deadmau5’s appearance, and got everyone hyped.
Taking the stage, Odesza played a joyful set filled with summer anthems and catchy beats. Playing favorites such as “Say My Name” and “Sun Models” as well as lesser-known tracks like “Echoes,” these two have a feel-good vibe so strong, it’s hard not to smile in their presence. Smiles beamed around the room, as the lights and sounds of Decadence’s New Year celebration filled the air.
Big Gigantic knows Colorado better than most. Therefore, it’s only fitting that they rang in the ball drop. Playing a set of almost exclusively new music, the crowd was loving it. Dom and Jeremy threw it back with some oldies, too, really hyping up their long-standing fans. Jeremy’s drum expertise paired with Dom’s perfection and technicality on the sax are a match made for one another. The crowd was stunned by their visual performance; the two were really getting into it and feeling one another’s vibe, as well as the crowd’s. Full of funky, bassy goodness, the duo also threw in some future house sounds toward the end, with tons of live improvisation.
Finally, as the countdown began, the room became still. Lovers and friends held each other close as they awaited the beginning of a new year, a fresh start. Eyes gazed upwards as midnight approached nearer and nearer… 3… 2… 1… Gleeful cheers broke out, and 2016 was upon us. Passionate kisses and warm embraces circulated the crowd. There was nowhere else we’d rather be.
Deadmau5 graced the Convention Center for a much-anticipated set, returning to Colorado for the first time since 2012 in Aspen. With bated breath, fans awaited as Joel took to the stage, appearing at midnight on the dot. Everyone was stoked to see this centerpiece in the electronic music scene; after all, it was “Ghosts & Stuff” that put EDM on the map for many back in 2008. Joel dropped classics such as “Strobe,” and “Ghosts & Stuff,” of course, as well as Cobra Effect’s remix of “Maths” and Tommy Trash’s remix of “The Veldt.” The crowd was wild, getting down to the hypnotizing progressive sounds and movements of Deadmau5. It was an epic set to say the least, and a throwback for many.
Excision took to the stage last but not least, throwing down that heavy, grimy bass that Colorado loves so much. Even without the renowned light production accompanying Excision’s usual Paradox tour, Excision still did an incredible job conveying the phenomenon that is the Paradox. Dropping heavy hitters like “Headbanga,” “Night Shine,” and Krimer’s unreleased “Blow Up,” hair flew everywhere as a strong compulsion to headbang 2016 into succession came over the entire crowd. “X’s Up” solidified the night, as Colorado’s love for Excision rang true, arms proudly held high for all to see.
Overall, Decadence 2015 was truly a sensational success. An entire city of its own lit up the night for 36 hours, attracting a diverse range of souls from far and wide. Decadence is an ephemeral experience unlike any other. The sights, sounds and emotions in the City of Decadence top any other New Year’s celebration around. 2016 was welcomed warmly, the joy and excitement of new opportunities to come filling the air… we can’t wait to do it all again next year.
Article by Hanna Danecker