March 13, 2014
Despite a last minute major venue change, the folks at Area Event kept their cool as they moved the NYE showcase, otherwise known as Winter Galactic, to the smallerHammerstein Ballroom. But with great planning and and an epic team, literally anything is possible. They proved it that night as Winter Galactic was the only New Years Eve show to sell out in New York City.
Armed to the T with a cavalcade of phenomenal artists, next level special effects, and liquor for the masses, Winter Galactic triumphed that night. With sets from Dada Life, Eva Shaw, Bassjackers, Cash Cash, and a special midnight toast from Porter Robinson, the entire night was a major W.
Kicking off the night was the winner of Area Event‘s DJ Contest, Kid Mammoth. With massive support and sheer talent, this kid took the contest by storm and then the stage for an opening slot. Following was just an amazing lineup of excessively talented and popular DJ’s — kicked off by Eva Shaw. With her recent collaboration with Hard RockSofa climbing the charts, 2014 is slated to be huge for the model/DJ who kicked it with us after her set!
Newcomers Cash Cash took the stage next with a momentous set that kept the crowd moving as everyone’s favorite trance duo W&W prepared to step up. Playing some of their biggest hits and genuinely feeding off the crowd — W&W had the crowd at the peak of excitement an hour before we could even start thinking of the countdown.
When Porter Robinson took the stage, the crowd was at an all new high. Chanting his name and standing on friends shoulders to get the young star’s attention. Mr. Robinson had the task of tackling the midnight countdown which he did with ease. His popular collaboration with Mat Zo, ‘Easy‘ was the background to the final “10…9…8…7….” countdown. Confetti descending on the entire crowd, Co2 spraying all the way up to the rafters, and champagne showers helped enter 2014 in the most proper way possible.
But don’t think the show slowed up even for a second as Dada Life took the stage. Their usual bevy of champagne and bananas was much appreciated by the crowd who were seen holding up inflatable champagne bottles and bananas. As I didn’t think the night could get any more surreal, they gave the entire crowd pillows for an EPIC pillow fight to some of their heaviest tunes. Mimicking that time they broke a Guiness World Record for the largest pillow fight, this is exactly what NYE needed.
Closing the night out was the task of Bassjackers and he handled it accordingly. Playing some of their heaviest tunes and even the heavily sought after Martin Garrix remix of their track ‘Crackin‘, the crowd kept up their intensity well into the night with no signs of slowing down. Bassjackers heavy Dutch house influence mixed with grungy electro beats helped reignite the crowd and close things off properly.
All in all, Winter Galactic was hands down one of the best NYE parties I’ve attended in a while. From the talent, to the pyrotechnics, to overall crowd support and love — you just can’t top that. Area Event hosted one of the best events that NYE in New York has seen in a while. Here’s to hoping for a Winter Galactic 2014!
Article courtesy of PB&J