Lights All Night Celebrates NYE with Galantis, Kaskade and More
I don’t know about you but I’m still relishing over this past weekend’s event. Over the New Year, I attended Lights All Night in Dallas, Texas at the Dallas Market Hall. With Porter Robinson, Hardwell, Flosstradamus and Kaskade headlining the event, this was the premier event in North Texas and for good reason.
Promising bigger stages and a bigger production, I was excited to see how MSO PR and Highland Concerts could transform the Dallas Market Hall into something spectacular. The Satellite stage, sponsored by Suicide Bunny, was host to laser light shows, booming bass and some of the dirtiest sets of the event. While Prismo, Jauz, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Big Gigantic and Datsik put on great sets, my favorites were The M Machine and Claude Vonstroke.
The M Machine and their “weird music” filled the Satellite stage with loud bass, funky beats and a great light show as Claude Vonstroke brought the Dirtybird sound meshing together techno grooves and a dirty house beat. The only thing missing was a Texas-sized BBQ.
Last year, Lights All Night split the silent disco into two stages, one in each room. This year, they combined them into one stage named the Super Disco, partnering with Mike’s Hard Lemonade for an excellent getaway from the main stages. With a mechanical shark and a club type vibe, countless local acts took to the stage including Zander, Black Frames and Left/Right. One act I was able to see was ChrisCross. The New Orleans duo, fresh out of High School, show promise as artists you will want to know. Look out for my interview coming soon.
The Main Stage, aptly named the Mothership, celebrated 2015 and started 2016 with a bang. With Hardwell having an early set due to Decadence later that night, Dallas had the opportunity to ring in the New Year with the Swedish duo Galantis before Porter Robinson closed out the 31st. With mega hits “Runaway” “Peanut Butter Jelly” and others, Galantis controlled the crowd and Porter smashed our ears with a DJ set of Worlds remixes and other hits on New Year’s Eve.
Flosstradamus and Kaskade brought Lights All Night to it’s knees on Friday rocking the hearts and minds of everyone in attendance. At first I thought it would be a weird transition but after the booming trap beats from Flosstradamus, all it took was the beginning of “I Remember” to instantly change the mood.
I don’t have words for how great the set was. From countless tracks off Automatic, Atmosphere etc. to half-time house beats that people mistook for trap, Kaskade proved once again why he is one of the best DJ’s in the industry. The electric vibe even had Kaskade talking about it the next day as he prepared for a show in Miami before Holy Ship.
Much love to Dallas – last night was freaking bonkers. That room was awesome. Crazy warehouse vibes…
— Kaskade (@kaskade) January 2, 2016
…kind of felt like 1992 to me. That’s a good thing. Killer vibe! — Kaskade (@kaskade) January 2, 2016
While there were some hiccups (and let’s be honest, there are always hiccups) MSO and Highland Concerts lived up to their word of making this year’s Lights All Night bigger and better. Gathering a quality lineup, creating memorable stages and a memorable vibe, Lights All Night was a great way to end 2015 and kickstart 2016.
Relive the entire festival with the pictures above and check out their Facebook page for even more memories. I would definitely recommend this festival if you have not been. Keep up to date with the latest Lights All Night news and other events on Only The Beat and hope you have a great 2016.
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