A Magical New Years
Decadence Arizona 2017, held at the Rawhide Event Center, was a fantastic festival to attend. This New Year’s party has yet again made the transition to the new year a magical experience.
The venue where Decadence Arizona is held makes your jaw drop. A Ferris Wheel towers over the Ruby Courtyard stage, strobing to the music. Once you enter the gates to the City Beyond Tomorrow, a friendly security team cracks down on their job. There are specific sections to go through depending on your attire. Security separates males and females, and then further organizes people into totem only, bag only, and no-bag lines to keep things moving efficiently.
After you make it through tight security, large white letters that spell out ‘NYE’ are visible. Additionally, they are decorated with names and new years resolutions. The Diamond Atrium is a huge barn with water stations lined-up from the entrance to the stage. Smiling rangers man the stations, keeping ravers hydrated.
Merchandise and food vendors fill the left of the main stage, emitting a wondrous aroma of tacos and funnel cake to attendees. Across from food and libations stands the Sapphire Ballroom. In order to keep festival goers warm and happy, propane heaters scatter the grounds. Bathrooms are available past the Ruby courtyard, while the Ferris Wheel is in the back of the venue.
On the first night, the much-anticipated set of Zeds Dead B2B Jauz is beyond expectations. Their new collaboration “Lights Go Down” electrifies the crowd with rhythmic drums and bass. As always, the visuals are captivating.
In the Sapphire ballroom, ZHU lays down some funky bass. It is so crowded that people groove to his set outside the dancefloor. Back at the main stage, Borgore throws down nasty dubstep, and shortly after Steve Aoki takes the stage. The happy-trap vibe has everyone on their feet, dancing and singing along, a great ending to night one.
Night Two – New Years Eve
On New Year’s Eve, the energy is beautiful. Once sundown hits, a full moon lights the night and people go wild. Armin van Buuren soothes the soul with his melodic trance. Seeing him live is always an uplifting experience. As the time comes closer to the new year, Deorro takes the limelight. His energetic Panda-funk keeps everyone dancing. At last, as the night draws nearer to the end, he begins to start the countdown. In the final moments of 2017, he reminds us to stay positive in the new year and to leave our fear and negativity behind.
Once the clock strikes midnight, giant balloons and confetti shower ravers as they express their excitement for the new year. Snails can be heard with his grime seeping into the music just before Deorro closes his set. Evidently, as the night trails on, the vibes change from groovy panda-funk to grimy dubstep. Happy ravers exchange “Happy New Year” greetings for the rest of the night. Meanwhile, over at the Ruby Courtyard stage, Dan Lunsford is playing an amazing psy-trance set. A great light set-up is now next to the Ferris Wheel. While waiting in line for this bright ride, people are dancing to Dan’s cool beats. It is a new years bash to remember!
The relentless rangers were very helpful throughout each night. They seemed to always be around when needed, sharing water and ensuring people were hydrated. Furthermore, they wandered through crowds and sprayed water on people to keep them cool. With radiant positivity, they kept everyone from going a little too hard, and the kept everyone safe.
We are very lucky to have been treated to this amazing event. Relentless Beats truly created a decadent experience with this year’s incarnation of Decadence Arizona.
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