Lights and lasers flash in the distance as the bass echoes through Dallas Market Hall. I notice the orchestrated lights as I leave the parking garage and walk toward the venue. I’m stoked as I enter Lights All Night, Dallas’ annual New Year’s Eve festival that celebrates Electronic Dance Music.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACFs-FHAZqw] P.L.U.R., the raver’s mantra of Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect, is in the air and excitement can be seen on the faces waiting to pass through security. Awaiting inside was the ultimate bash to bring in 2017.
The lineup for Lights All Night did not disappoint. Electronic music stars Deadmau5, Above & Beyond, Zedd, Nero, Tchami, RL Grime and a slew of amazing talent descended upon Dallas to take the party to the next level. Rezz, a must see if you have not witnessed her live set, did not disappoint. In fact, Rezz left Dallas in awe of her minimal techno and dark sounds.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSUJWp4dGDI] The main stage, Supernova, had phenomenal production. The lights really were on all night as the lasers and flashing light mesmerized the crowd including me as I marveled at the usage of the venue. Supernova felt comfortable. It had that free-flowing feel most indoor venues find hard to replicate.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcKg4FZmhtw] For those looking to stay turnt all weekend, Lights All Night gathered a rowdy group to keep the party going. ASAP Ferg, 12 Planet, Crizzly, LOUDPVCK, and Feed Me all brought the energy for the New Year’s weekend. The sound system was on point and the bass at the Satellite stage could be heard all the way to the silent disco. There was plenty of room to party with your festival family or even get in on the LED action at the back of the crowd with poi, hula hoops, gloves, and orbits.
Speaking of the silent disco, I love them! I look forward to zoning out to the sounds of the DJ. I found a good pair of headphones on my second attempt. Once I was dialed into the DJ, I was on a mission to break a sweat dancing and grooving. A second option provided at the silent Disco was BBC Radio programming. With a flick of a button on the headphones, you could switch to alternate music if the DJ was trash. I did not have to resort to radio programming once. Thanks for keeping it lit guys!
Highland Concerts, thanks for reimagining how to send Dallas out of 2016 in style. You proved with patience, time, and feedback you could up the ante. The fans brought the energy and escaped reality for two nights of enjoyment. One thing that resonated with me were the words of LOUDPVCK, “If you’re not sweating, you’re doing something wrong!” Bring on 2017.