Ringing in the New Year at Decadence Colorado 2018
Written by Derek Lavezzo on 3 January 2019
2018 has come and gone, and 2019 is here for the long haul. I couldn’t think of a better way to end one year and start another than by being at Decadence Colorado.
I need to start by saying this might have been one of the overall best-run festivals I have ever attended. The powers that be utilized their limited indoor space to maximum efficiency, and all services were swift and painless. I did not stand in a single line (check-in, entrance, security, water, bar) for more than 3-5 minutes, and the majority of the time it wasn’t even that long.
Props all around to those who created the layout of Decadence Colorado; everything felt like it ran smooth.
Now, onto the music. Day 1 brought out the heavy-hitters for sure. My day started with Anna Lunoe, who threw down my personal favorite set of the night. It was dancey, it was energetic, and it was so fun. 1788-L was solid, and Alison Wonderland’s set roared through the speakers as she dominated the stage for her hour. The legendary Eric Prydz was magical, Zed’s Dead delivered a crowd-pleasing set, and Skrillex capped off a rambunctious first day with a different vibe than is expected but still fantastic.
Day 2 not only brought in the new year, but brought the high-octane energy from the jump. Anti Up started my night bringing the house vibe energy. Illenium delivered a stunning performance, intertwining his melodic sound with some of the very heaviest of drops in perfect harmony. Big Wild brought his unique style and left the Decadence Colorado crowd wanting more; his energy bouncing from instrument to instrument, nailing high-pitched vocals, and conducting a symphony of good vibes was infectious.
Griz took the stage and completely tore the house down. For an hour and a 15 minutes his funky energy was a furious dash to ringing in the new year. He brought sound from so many different musical realms; his signature sax sound, hip-hop undertones (where Griz himself joined in on the action rapping), heavy bass, Griz was the ringleader and captivated the audience from the word go.
What So Not left our bones rattling, Midnight Tyrannosaurus and Deorro filled the same time slot with two completely different but wondrous sets, and Svdden Death b2b Must Die! and Marshmello ended the festival on a high note for both distinctly different fan bases.
Overall, Decadence Colorado was the perfect way to end one year and ring in another. The entire set-up was picturesque, from layout to lineup, and all involved deserve an abundance of credit for putting together a quality 2-night event.
2019 is certainly off to a solid start.