To bring in 2017, I spent my time doing what I do best: attending a music festival. This year, I forsook Lights All Night for Decadence, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Decadence was unreal. Other than BUKU, it’s the best 2-day festival that I’ve ever been to, and I don’t think I will stop thinking about my experience at Decadence for a while. Decadence stood out to me for three different reasons: the art installations / vendors, the staff, and the artists.
The art installations / vendors ~ The art installations and vendors were the first thing that I noticed when walking into Decadence. Knowing that it was being held in the Colorado Convention Center, I was not expecting much in terms of art installations and vendors, but I’m happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Here are a couple of photos of the art installations and a photo of the Decadence 2016 pin that I purchased from one of the vendors:
The staff ~ Decadence had the most friendly / happy / awesome staff of any festival or concert I’ve ever been to. Every single staff member that I talked to was extremely nice and welcoming and truly went out of their way to make sure that I was having a great time. I’ve been to twelve different music festivals now, and hundreds of concerts as well, and was blown away by the staff that worked Decadence.
The artists ~ All the artists that I saw at Decadence were amazing. However, the artists that made the biggest impression on me, and that I will remember the most in the years to come, were the artists that performed on the second day, which was New Year’s Eve. It’s difficult for me to pick a favorite of these so here’s a brief description of each:
Big Wild – Big Wild was such a delight to see live. He played a relatively light, yet upbeat, set and had everyone in the crowd dancing along with him. He incorporated several instruments into his set, including the cajón (box drum), and clearly demonstrated to the crowd that he’s exceptionally talented and knows how to get everyone on their feet having a great time.
Sunsquabi – Having been wanting to see Sunsquabi for a while now, I was so excited when I first found out that they were going to be performing at Decadence. Since they were playing the day after Griz, and have a similar sound to him, I had my expectations set high. However, they did not disappoint. Their set was definitely not as hard as Griz’s, but it was great and did allow me to get my daily dose of funk.
The Chainsmokers – This was my seventh time seeing the Chainsmokers and it was the best they’ve ever been. If you’ve seen the Chainsmokers live, you know that they play a pretty hard set and that seeing them live is nothing like their songs that you hear on the radio, and much to my delight, this was the hardest set I’ve ever seen by them. They absolutely threw down and I’m so glad that I was there to witness it.
Flume – To bring in 2017, I saw Flume. He set the perfect vibes for the new year and had everyone happy and excited to usher in 2017.
Snails – Like the Chainsmokers, this was the seventh and best time I’ve ever seen Snails. He played an extremely hard, yet unique, set, skillfully incorporating the ‘vomit step’ sound that he is known for, and was the perfect end to Decadence. I’m so happy that he was chosen to close out the festival and was the last impression that I had of Decadence.
Overall, Decadence was an amazing festival and I’m extremely glad that I decided to go to it. It was the perfect end to 2016 and start to 2017 and I couldn’t be happier with my experience at Decadence specifically, and in Colorado in general. I hope everyone else had a great end to 2016 and am wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2017.