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Decadence, the vibrant music festival, is held annually on December 30 and 31 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

This festival is renowned for its electrifying music performances, stunning production, captivating art installations, and a unique silent disco experience.

The event displayed an impressive lineup of top-tier EDM artists which left attendees very satisfied even when compared to the other New Year’s festivals available.

During this New Year’s Eve festival, the spotlight shined on many prominent artists such as John Summit, Skrillex, ILLENIUM, and Zeds Dead.

In addition to these artists, many EDM enthusiasts were treated to memorable acts by Galantis, Two Friends, and Steve Aoki, which further enriched the festival’s diverse musical tapestry.

Decadence is an 18+ indoor music festival with two main stages and a third stage that features a silent disco experience. EDM Maniac attended both days of this “Digital City” aka Decadence Colorado 2023 and is here to talk about the experience.

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Vibes: A

The Denver raver community, renowned for its laid-back vibe, was exemplified at this year’s Decadence festival.

Amid a minor miscommunication about the opening of the venue’s doors, which saw attendees congregating outside in the cold, the atmosphere remained buoyant and charged with anticipation.

The spirit of camaraderie was palpable as attendees effortlessly mingled, exchanging greetings, and forged new friendships within the crowd. Even in moments of congestion, there was a collective effort to accommodate those wishing to move closer to the stage.

The ambiance at Decadence was one of collective euphoria, with the community radiating enthusiasm and a profound sense of joy in the present moment. The approach of New Year’s Eve united everyone with a shared anticipation, counting down to midnight in unison.

Throughout the festival, interactions with staff members, including merchandise sellers, bartenders, and security was notably amiable and conversational.

The crowds, even during performances by the most popular artists, maintained a respectful balance, mindful of personal space. There was also never a time when I felt like my belongings were being touched or messed with.

Production: B+

Both days of the festival had different production elements. Day 1 had artists displaying some amazing laser shows while day 2 artists gave a huge ball drop moment.

Production shined on both days with lasers during every set of the night, fog machines during the bass drops, and a decent amount of LED screens. Tons of work went into building the stages and it was noticeable when you looked up and the ceiling was covered in air-filled structures that shone LED lights through them.

Once the ball dropped at midnight, the floors filled up with giant balloons that fell from the sky and green lasers swayed left and right as the bass of the music shook the ground.

In addition to the stage production, the other areas had small LED light poles covering the ceiling and placed together in the shape of triangles that decorated the grounds.

Shipment containers were reconstructed with interior LED lights that moved in a certain rhythm which was great for photo-ops. This festival was not shy when it came to displaying LED lights and it started to make sense as to why the festival calls itself The Digital City.

Although the production was great, more screens would have been great since we had a challenging time seeing the artist, even while in VIP.

We also noticed that some of the balloons did not fall from the ceiling during the ball drop which would have added to the moment at midnight.

Lastly, since it was an indoor venue, there was no chance for fireworks and that would have been an amazing cherry on top but unfortunately that was out of anyone’s control considering the circumstances.

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Music: A+

Out of all the music festivals that were happening in the United States during New Year’s Eve, Decadence Colorado was at the top of the list for best lineup.

We had to arrive at the festival right when the doors opened each day so we could catch the early sets from artists like Steve Aoki, Justin Jay, John Summit, HE$H, and Brondo.

One of the special experiences offered at the music festival was the silent disco stage where you can grab a headset and toggle between listening to three different genres from three different artists.

It was no surprise to see the silent disco stage full of ravers during the last hour of the night since it was  right before passing through the exit doors and made for a quick adventure with friends as we departed the event.

Some other artists to highlight for this lineup were Two Friends, Galantis, Skrillex, Fisher, Dab The Sky, ILLENIUM, SOFI TUKKER, Zeds Dead, Subtronics, Ganja White Night, Deathpact, and many more. Both nights were filled with such great music, that it was hard to decide which stage to go to at times. Venue: C-

Music festivals in Colorado during the winter are not an easy task to orchestrate due to the constantly changing weather. In previous years, Colorado has had heavy snowstorms during December and January and the only smart option for music festivals are indoor venue events.

The bright side about the Colorado Convention Center was that it was a constant temperature once inside.

The venue also offered paid coat checking and for some of the attendees that was a desirable choice to make if they plan on walking back to their hotel after the show since temperatures dropped drastically after midnight.

The venue had three men’s restrooms and three women’s restrooms which seemed like a good amount until the night went on and lines developed that were 30 people deep with wait times as long as 15 minutes.

One of the downsides of having a music festival in this convention center was the lack of ventilation which caused the fog from the fog machine to linger making visibility difficult. There was not much light aside from the LED light installation, so a flashlight was necessary this weekend.

The reception at this venue was also horrendous, so expect to not be able to contact your friends.

Lastly, something that made us question if it was a safety concern or not was how much the ground was shaking every time we were at a bass set.

There were times when we thought something from the ceiling was going to fall on us since the venue did not seem capable of handling the music.

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Overall: B+

Choosing this year with Decadence is an excellent choice. There were not many other events that stood out in comparison to Colorado’s “Digital City”. Would I go back to Decadence next year?… absolutely.

The only real complaints about the festival were about the venue and the prices of the resell tickets with some tickets shooting up to $1,600. We can expect tickets to rise in price, especially during a holiday, but $1,600 as a resell seems a bit insane.

Some advice for anyone attending the festival next year is to bring a coat and pay for coat check, have meetup times and spots, bring a flashlight, and stick with your friends at the beginning of Day 1 since will call is only available after doors open and the lines to enter through security on Day 1 are lengthy.

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Published Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2024 10:31:53 +0000

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A State Of Trance Top 1000 #1 Is Revealed!

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After 30 years of nothing but Trance excellence, with all the feels, and all the incredible talent, Armin van Buuren‘s legacy prevails. A State of Trance Top 1000 Award revealed the number one track of the label. We can’t imagine how hard it was to pick their top track ever. Cue the drum rolls please… The award goes to none other than Dutch Trance producer RAM and German DJ Jorn van Deynhoven. The honorary title is thanks to their remix of the 2009 masterpiece ‘RAMsterdam’.

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The Duo took it on their social medias to showcase the plate they received to commemorate the award. We can’t forget the track has earned over 10 million streams on spotify. The track embodies Trance in its rawest form. Its true nature and drive summarize the power the genre carries from decade to decade. Naturally, ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) reigns supreme over 999 other songs that have moved millions of people since the inception of A State of Trance. Furthermore, RAM mentioned on his Facebook post that after he earned the title, DJ Mag announced his residency in the number one Trance club in China for 2024.

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Both artists are one of a kind, and the award deeply recognizes the mark they continue to leave on a State of Trance and the scene itself. ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)paved the way for more unique sounds to evolve and develop to this day. RAM and van Deynhoven have what it takes to carry the title of worldwide phenomenon.

Congratulations to these two legends! Now, go ahead and leave ‘Ramsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) on replay. After all, it is the number 1 ASOS Top 1000 track.

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[EVENT REVIEW] Ultra Chile Returns After Nearly A Decade, And In Full Force Too

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The large ‘U’ festival celebrated a fantastic return to South America recently.

When you think of Ultra Music Festival, you likely gravitate towards Miami straight away. But we’re lucky enough to have them all over the world, celebrating parties far and wide. That is certainly a blessing for energetic crowds living in somewhat further places in the globe, like South America.

I’ve been here for a while, and it’s safe to say it’s growing a strong community of Dance-devoted madmen like me. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the Argentinian scene fairly well, and also those in its neighbouring country, Chile. This is a country where Hardstyle reigns supreme, and genres like Techno and its branches are seeing a roaring uptrend in the number of fans and followers. So much so, that Ultra themselves decided to pay a visit. A two-day visit, mind you.

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Ultra Chile: Its History

Chile had its first Ultra in 2013, with the next two years also calling artists from around the world to come together on the far southern end of the globe for Ultra Chile 2014 and 2015. The year after, Chile received a more compact Road To Ultra, as well as in 2017, for the Ultra host of those years was the continental giant, Brazil. After that, Chile would have to wait some time before the brand set foot on it again.

2023 saw Road To Ultra return to the long country for a Halloween party, headlined by Marshmello, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, and Two Friends. And this year, the acclaimed main branch returned in full force, with two days of unstoppable beats coming from a handful of places, and showcasing an impressive plethora of talents, established, up-and-coming, returning… everything.

It was held on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, in Santiago’s iconic go-to place for massive events, Espacio Riesco.

Day One: Friday

Day One kicked off late in the afternoon, at 7 PM to be precise. The crowds started to appear from very early on. Once inside, it was time to have a look at the place, and, oh dear, they truly made the most out of the venue. Three of the four stages were on that day, the Mainstage, on the back of the property and boasting an impressive open-air setting, the Resistance stage, a blacked-out, massive former plane hangar to welcome the best Techno represents in the world, and the Carolina stage, a local-lineup filled stage out on the open.

Day One Winners

Jumping between the Mainstage and the Resistance stage allowed me to watch basically all artists for a little. That’s life at a festival, you can’t really marry one particular DJ. That said, I think I’ve got my favourite artist of the night, and it is Stephan Bodzin.

I had never watched him play, so I was basically going in not knowing what to expect. Add to that, I was at the Main seeing Armin before, so I didn’t really know what I was about to witness. Walking into Resistance, the first thing I noticed was that there was A TON of space to dance and just be yourself. The Mainstage was filled to the brim with people, and well, that left the Techno-devoted stage with a crowd that was truly enjoying Bodzin’s magic. I did too.

I swear, ten minutes in I was already fully hooked. Eyes closed, moving side to side, that kind of hooked. Him playing a live set was a tenfold amplifier as well, since he was interacting a lot with the audience, and the audience interacted a lot with him back. Ask me to name one track from his set, I can’t. But what I CAN recall vividly is how happy he was managing his instruments, and how happy the people dancing beside him were. I was one of them, fully gone away in a trance. A star for you, mate.

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Day Two: Saturday

Day Two started quite earlier, promising twelve endless hours of good music. My friend — who flew in from Buenos Aires for the festival — and I entered the place just past 2:30 PM. And after a little day tour of the venue, we headed straight to the brand-new Resistance Square stage. Reason being, Daniella Da Silva was on at 3:00.

The stage itself was really interesting to me, since the Ultra guys turned this giant conference place into the host for the darkest, most energetic beats of the entire day. I remember my highschool once took me for University speeches or something of that kind literal years ago, and seeing it changed to fit a literal Ultra festival blew me away.

The other stages were just as breathtaking as the day before, and now places like the Mainstage enjoyed the geographic surroundings of Espacio Riesco: mountains for days. It was another level. Point for you, day parties!

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Day Two Winners

Daniella Da Silva

My friend wanted to see her so badly, and I wanted to learn from someone new to me. Good. Lord. Those were 90 minutes of nonstop dancing. There are pictures and videos of me absolutely losing it during her set which I won’t show for, reasons, but let me tell you, her energy is sensational. Dark, Hard Techno. I’m not of the kind to enjoy that in a car ride or on a normal day, but I for sure allowed myself to enjoy her beats at Ultra. I felt slightly sore after that, and that should tell you enough of how good of a set hers was.

Hardwell

My childhood hero. How wouldn’t I have enjoyed Hardwell’s set when he was my role model when I was in school back in the day? Growing up loving ‘Encoded’, ‘Spaceman’, and his remix of ‘Man With The Red Face’, it was about time to see him again. Absolutely nuts. Lots of what he played I had heard before at his Ultra Miami set from earlier this year, but far from taking away from the experience, it allowed me to sing my lungs out. Special shoutout to that ‘Strobe‘ x ‘Save The World‘ mashup which nearly got me crying.

Kasablanca

These guys take the gold for me, no question. Seeing Hardwell, you know beforehand that it’s going to be a phenomenal show, but I had never seen Kasablanca before. I’d only heard their Anjuna tunes. And so my friend and I got to the very front of the Mainstage to see them. We could not have decided better.

They played a live set, just like Bodzin had done the day before. The difference here was the setting: While Stephan Bodzin played inside the warehouse vibe of the Resistance stage, Kasablanca did it out in the open. And their set just so happened to occur during the last hours of the day and into the night, sunset included.

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They absolutely rocked it. From synths to vocals to literal choreography, their set had it all. They truly made good use of the Mainstage speakers as well, with their fat-bottomed tracks. I can’t tell you just how magical that time was, even the landscape fit the vibe of their music. Mountains all around, the clouds turning slightly red at sunset (see a few pictures above), and the moon reigning high aloft by the time they dropped their remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Black Room Boy’. The duo take the gold, and my heart with it. I won’t turn down the possibility of seeing them in the future.

Final Thoughts

It had been a while since I last attended a big festival, since I’d been much more inclined to go to artist-focused events. It was a refreshing treat to come to Ultra Chile and soak in the festival experience again. My mate and I had a great time, enjoyed the food (shoutout to Papa John’s), the Gin Tonics, and the feel-good atmosphere. For now, be right back, I’ll be listening to Kasablanca!

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Adriatique’s ‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix) Is a Mystical Voyage

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As time goes by, some songs become timeless classics. Even more when artists reimagine different emotions and moods. This is the case with Eynka‘s ‘Beyond Us‘. It wasn’t long until Swiss Electronic duo Adriatique made their own renditions of the track. They amped it up a notch when they immortalized their rendition at the Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt last year for Cercle. Finally, we’re delighted to get an even more magical version of the track, brought to you by Deep House Parisian Icon Alex Wann.

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‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix)

How do you remaster and refresh a track that has so much influence and power, you may ask? Well, it seems like Alex Wann found the right formula for his ‘Beyond Us’ remix. From Eynka’s melodic touch, to Adriatique’s deeper and darker undertones, Wann manages to deliver an ethereal track with powerful afro elements. The percussion calls out to your ancestors, and the groove represents the vast deserts phenomenally. After a successful run with his Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ Remix, the producer continues to influence the world around him.

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A star in the rise, Alex has received the support from House legends Keinemusik, Pete Tong, Swedish House Mafia, Diplo, and Blond:ish. This remix furtherly proves his ability to produce with different elements and styles, such as Adriatique’s unique sounds. Earlier this year he embarked in a North American tour, visiting major musical capitals such as Miami, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Montreal. Next Up, Alex Wann will make his rounds around Ibiza, Milan, Dubai, and La Bourget.

Watch out for Alex Wann this summer! He will most likely reign supreme with this delicious version of ‘Beyond Us’.

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