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New Years’ festivals are some of our favorites, and Decadence CO 2021 maintained that fact. It was our second time in the city (the first being in 2016) and the overall experience deserves applause.

One of my favorite parts of Decadence was the diversity yet consistency of genres across stages. The Vector stage primarily served the house heads, while the Radius stage kept it heavy. If I wanted a break from dancing and shuffling, I could go stomp and headbang – and vice versa. This balance was crucial to my experience.

Let’s cut to the chase – the line up filled our cup to overflowing.

We kicked off night one with Ecotek, a Denver-based producer that you can catch at his residency at The Church nightclub – only if you want a guaranteed good time, though. Then we made our way over to Radius for Mport for some 140 madness, then switched stages again to catch Walker & Royce and Chris Lake.

Obviously, we had to catch Zeds Dead. To answer your questions: yes, our Z’s were up; yes, we cried to collapse; yes, they played some dnb (“Eyes on Fire” but dnb… help); and yes, we are still obsessed.

We ended Thursday with a taste of both Troyboi and Louis the Child (what a freaking conflict!!! Hey Google, how can I be two places at once??), and Zedd – who warmed our 2012-14 raver soul.

Night two – NYE – was a nonstop party.

We continued our early-to-mid 2010’s joy with The Chainsmokers. We had so much fun with their set, which had the classics, some newer favorites, trap VIPs, and more. It was also Drew’s birthday. Double reason to celebrate!

Subtronics threw down (no surprise there) and ended his set with the just-released Zeds Dead collab (Note: it’s even better live).

Zhu brought us into the New Year, and we had a moment of sheer gratitude to start 2022.

This music thing… it brings us right back to joy, back to our center. You know the feeling. You look around, surrounded by friends and strangers, all here for the same thing. Music is the reason; music is at the core of what we do.

We closed the festival with Get Real, the impeccable duo of Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet. This was a must-see for my group and we have no regrets about dancing far too much and staying up far too late.

It’s often the little things that can make or break a festival. Decadence did the little things so right.

The lighting, the entrance processes, the places you go to relax… These little details were shining stars of the Decadence experience.

Global Dance took the giant concrete skeleton of the Colorado Convention Center and created a city of lights and sound. Two stages and a silent disco with impeccable lighting production (clear to the back of the crowd), plenty of space to dance, and most importantly no sound bleed between them.

As you might guess, the weather is unpredictable. It’s winter in Colorado. This means that a coat check is absolutely mandatory. And what’s worse than waiting in a huge line when trying to leave a festival? Fear not – the coat check at Deca was fast and well organized. This may seem irrelevant, but it truly made our experience just that much more positive.

One of our favorite places in the venue was the Silent Disco. While the stage was filled to the brim with local and underground talent, its outskirts served as a meet-up spot or a quiet(er) place to rest and recuperate.

We are chalking Decadence CO 2021 up as a W. Be sure to follow them on social media to stay updated on 2022!

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