Colorado was the 18th stop of Safe in Sound Festival’s tour on Saturday October 3rd at the 1STBANK Center. The night opened with DJ Fury at 6PM and ended with NERO around 1AM. Between those times head banging was in full effect with performances by Basscrooks, TERRAVITA, Dirtyphonics, Bro Safari and Zomboy, curating the ultimate bass head experience.
By the time TERRAVITA took the stage at 7:45 it seemed like the crowd had doubled. The GA floor was packed with ravers, poi spinners and glovers alike. The 1STBANK Center is accustomed to hosting the majority of the Front Range’s large electronic shows. The venue is the new home of Skylab, Colorado’s longest running rave, making this place almost like a second home to EDM lovers in the state. The sea of people became a family, everyone’s smile spread wide on their grimy bass face, making sure to let loose any stress from the week; the heavy dubstep of TERRAVITA is ideal for doing just that. The MC of the dnb trio kept the crowd hyped up while they played classics as well as tracks off of their new album, Alternate Reality.
Next up was Dirtyphonics, another grimy dubstep and dnb trio that also has a newly released 2015 album, theirs titled Write Your Future. Kicking in a little more trap as well as drum and bass, Dirtyphonics was the perfect lead into Bro Safari, who satisfied the taste buds of the trap queens and kings that came solely for his set.
The place was teeming with energy and an almost palpable amount of excitement. Zomboy, or “Zombae” as some have so cleverly coined, was going to make our ears bleed with happiness right before Nero would take us on an epically soulful bass journey. Zomboy’s latest album, Resurrected released just this May, left fans drooling over its gruesome remixes. At 11:45pm the fifteen-minute wait for NERO commenced.
It might as well have been a century long stage rearrangement because no one had any patience. Almost everyone I spoke with absolutely could not wait for NERO, and I mean, who could? Whether it’s “Doomsday”, “Innocence” or “Promises”, NERO’s classics bring crowds to unreal levels of exhilaration. Although NERO DJ sets have been the most common in recent years, nothing can compare to a live performance with vocals by the lovely Alana Watson.
The group’s newest album, Between II Worlds is chock full of future classics. “Dark Skies”, “Two Minds”, “It Comes And It Goes”, “Satisfy” and basically all of the tracks boomed through the PK Sound System with a monstrous roar. The angelic voice of Alana Watson was the only thing keeping the 1STBANK Center from shooting out into outer space. Concert-goers were clearly distraught when the clock hit 12:50, it was obvious that NERO could have gone all night. Between II Worlds is a complete and utter live performance success and exactly what a live EDM set should feel like. The band struck gold and has embarked on their twenty-city tour around the U.S. to prove one thing: they’re back and better than ever!
Colorado was the only Safe in Sound stop that featured NERO. Boy, isn’t the Rocky Mountain state so musically blessed? After NERO played live at HARD Red Rocks 2014, it remained unknown when they would return. Thank you, Safe in Sound, for answering the prayers of so many. What an unforgettable night with no shortage of wub and those good green Colorado vibes.
Written by: Melanie Gordon
Photography by: Madison Lawton
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