Review – Decadence: City Beyond Tomorrow

Decadence: City Beyond Tomorrow

This year was massive for Electronic Music in Denver, Colorado.  Concertgoers in the Bass Capital were blessed to have major talent throw down at numerous venues week-in and week-out.  Denver’s annual end-of-the-year bash that is Decadence: City Beyond Tomorrow, was the perfect way to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018.

Decadence: City Beyond TomorrowRufus Du Sol live band performance at Decadence New Years Eve 2017 in Denver, CO.

Global Dance brought the heat this year as the two-night extravaganza. In fact, the event featured an eclectic lineup that was filled with bass music, house music, trance, and techno. Decadence transformed a level of the Colorado Convention Center into three main areas: The Vault Stage, The Grid Stage, and the Cyber District. The Cyber District not only featured The Silent Disco but also had several jaw-dropping art installations. 

The silent disco stage and LED decorations at Decadence New Years Eve 2017. 3 DJ’s played while listeners tuned in to separate channels.

Night one

Bassheads were definitely in for a treat on Night One. Space Jesus kicked off the festivities on the Time Vault Stage.  After a solid hour of some crunchy bass, I made my way over to The Vault Stage to catch Get Real: the dynamic duo that is Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet.  The next five hours were flawless as Louis The Child, Troyboi, Bassnectar, and Gramatik tore up The Vault Stage.  After, the bass continued on The Grid Stage as Slander and Getter closed out the night. 

Night Two

Night two wasn’t nearly as bass-heavy as night one. However, it still featured an all-star lineup that hit everyone in the feels multiple times throughout the night.  Headbangers could still rejoice at the beginning of the night. First, Bass Physics opened up The Vault Stage and Borgore slayed the second set of the night at The Grid Stage.  After Borgore, Porter Robinson’s DJ Set took the City Beyond Tomorrow to other worlds on The Grid Stage.  Rüfüs Du Sol got everyone groovin’ at The Time Vault Stage before Odesza brought Decadence into the new year.  Odesza played a remarkable set that featured their iconic back to back drum pad setup, trumpet, trombone, and a drum line. 

Bass Physics – Decadence New Years Eve 2017

After Odesza’s set, I ventured over to the Cyber District. Once there, one could check out the incredible art installations. Meanwhile, one could listen to local DJ, Freddy Rule, tear it up at the Silent Disco.  The Cyber District featured a Virtual Reality simulation area, light sculptures hanging from the ceiling, light sculptures that resembled willow trees,

Improvements on previous festivals

The attention to detail at this year’s Decadence: City Beyond Tomorrow is noteworthy.  In 2016, there were many issues with overcrowded lines: coat check, getting into the venue, buying drink tickets, getting drinks (once drink tickets were obtained), and the worst crowds/lines to go from one stage to another.  This year, everything ran more smoothly.  Entry into Decadence was much quicker and there were no gates to “check in” with wristbands to go from one stage to another.  Another improvement was that this year the lines only took 20-30 minutes to get through both instead of taking an hour or more to purchase an adult beverage. 

Overall, Decadence exceeded all expectations.  Tens of thousands of music lovers from around the globe rejoiced as they were able to make mischief in an adults-only playground that featured astonishing production, ornate décor, and impressive performers. Year after year Decadence continues to amaze attendees.  OneEDM is thankful for the opportunity to cover the festival, and we can’t wait to see what Global Dance has in store for Decadence 2018.

Autograf performing live at Decadence NYE 2017 in Colorado
Borgore performing live at Decadence New Years Eve 2017 in Colorado
Galantis performing a live set during Decadence New Years Eve 2017 Festival.
Odesza playing a live New Years Eve set at Decadence NYE 2017 in Denver, Colorado.
Porter Robinson performs at Decadence NYE 2017 in Denver, CO.
Rufus Du Sol performs live at Decadence New Years Eve 2017 in Denver, CO.

All photos courtesy of Mike Middleberg.

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