The streets of downtown Dallas flooded with technicolor ravers and enthusiasts from every corner as Lights All Night took over the convention center for its 5th anniversary and arguably the best yet edition of the festival. In the past, LAN has always delivered great lineups and decent production, but this year the festival truly revamped its mission and production, and the attendees felt it. The 5th anniversary of LAN compiled more than an extravagant lineup into two jammed packed days of bass, lights, and love. Among some of this year's favorite EDM stars, so many up and comers were also thrown into the lineup giving the crowds a truly genre-defying experience. The production increased ten fold in having both main stages decorated with multiple LED screens, which covered the entire back wall of the venue. They made sure that wherever you were in the crowd, you could see everything that was happening. The drop stage went one deeper with a pyramid-like facet which boosted the artists up and produced mind blowing visuals as well as sound. The production was flawless and curated the festival atmosphere we all know and love. The crowd was exuberant, happy, and full of energy. A number of artists communicated words of inspiration and gratitude as they too could read the crowd's energy, which truly made LAN 2014 a once in a lifetime experience. Among the amazing overall experience of this year's Lights All Night a few highlights just have to be mentioned. Enjoy the following "What you missed at Lights All Nights" moments below.
1. The Chromeo Mishap: Chromeo was put in a rather tough spot battling for fans over the other headliner Skrillex. With the majority of festival attendees at Skrillex's set, Chromeo actually walked off of stage before their set had even ended. Leaving true Chromeo fans who had stuck it out feeling down.
2. Armin redefines INTENSE: I have never been so submerged inside of a set as Armin's. I mean he is the myth, legend, and god of the trance world to say the least. But when he came on the mic and announced he would be getting even more INTENSE for the last hour of his set, the crowd just about went straight bananas. I didn't even know what intense really felt like until that last hour with countless lasers and songs that never really ended. Bravo Armin.
3. The Chainsmokers speak words of wisdom: As EDM's biggest party boys took the stage for nothing less than an epic set, they also had a few words in store for the crowd. As they were about to drop their single Kanye, Drew spoke into the mic and delivered a pretty awesome explanation for the song. He went on to say, "this song isn't about Kanye West, this song is about being yourself and not giving a f#€K".
4. Disclosure-solo-dj set: We were aware from the lineup release that Disclosure would be not playing a live set, but a dj set. And everyone was still highly excited about the dynamic duo mix matching some deep house with a few of their own songs from the album "Settle". However, only one of the brothers played the set with the other brother no where in sight.
5. Security officers dancing at Zeds Dead: It was truly a sight to see. Zeds Dead was bringing down the house, as usual, when out of the corner of my eye I see a group of security officers and other employees casually bopping their head, moving their feet, and SMILING from ear to ear. They were even decorated in a few pieces of kandi. It was such a loving sight to see a united front between the crowd and security.
6. Odesza. Odesza. Odesza: Odesza's set was earth shattering in the most peaceful of ways. Everyone in the crowd was overly respectful to the deep dreamy undertone of the music and all were in unison when Odesza dropped "Sun Models". And their visuals complimented the music perfectly, transporting the sea of people into a peaceful mindset.
7. Skrillex showed up with a vengeance: The past few Skrillex sets I've recently seen at outdoor festivals really haven't lived up to the mega-producers true talent or potential. But with this indoor venue and festival, he was able to play his music as loud as he wanted and actually delivered one of the best sets of the festival.
8. Deep house take over: Everyone from Zedd to Disclosure to Destructo to Tchami all turned the deep house way up and we aren't complaining one bit. Is deep house the new future of EDM? Who knows... (it's secretly fantastic, but shh).
It seems that each year Lights All Night gets a little bigger and a whole lot better. Keep up to date with this festival and don't sleep on buying your tickets when the time comes.
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Written by Megan Holland