2013′s two weeks of Halloween festivities have officially come to a close, and for New York City the spooky celebrations ended with a bang at Pier 94. With the help of the creators of Pacha NYC, RPM Events, one of Manhattan’s greatest concert venues morphed into an eerie electronic music powerhouse right along the Hudson River for Steve Aoki‘s Aokify America tour. Aside from the Dim Mak label head himself, the NYC stop featured Rune RK, Borgore, Waka Flocka Flame and special guest Pharrell Williams for two back-to-back nights of celebration and big room beats.
The Aokify crew performed Friday night at Hammerstein Ballroom, but Saturday’s show had double the space, which meant double the noise, cake, champagne and chaos. Kicking things off at 9 pm, Denmark’s own Rune RK opened the show. During the set Rune and Aoki dropped their brand new collab, “Bring You To Life (Transcend),” which set the tone for a night of insanity. The crowd drove towards the stage in masses, some decked out in head-to-toe body suits, others in neon paint and Halloween attire, and all with the grins of some very excited EDM fans.
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It was the night before the night, the eve before New Years Eve, and Pier 94 had filled up with 7,500 New York City dance fans well before 11pm. Afrojack was the night’s headlining act only 24 hours before he would host his Jacked affair at the same venue, but the unanimous hype within the crowd was for the man they call Diplo. Putting these two heavyweights on the same bill was a unique move that captured an unprecedented vibe that lasted beyond 3am.
Having seen Diplo several times over the past year, and Afrojack at least 10 times in the same duration, I closely observed track selection and crowd reaction to grasp all that there was to behold in hopes of catching on to yet another EDM trend. There was a feeling at the pier that couldn’t be ignored, and by the time Afrojack was wrapping up the night, the light bulb in my head had flashed. For most, their sets provided one of the rowdiest nights of the year to bring 2012 to a close; for me, I had come to the realization that these guys have captured the essence of what dance music will thrive on in 2013.
It isn’t often that two of EDM’s most rowdy party starters put their names on the same bill, and even less often when they plan to do it at a venue as awesome and expansive as NYC’s Pier 94. With Diplo and Afrojack both confirmed for December 30th, this is one party amongst the mayhem that you are not going to want to miss. Afrojack with his big room dutch bangers and high-octane sets and Diplo‘s surefire party starting style and Mad Decent flair will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression and kickstart your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Just don’t forget to “Express Yourself.”
Steve Aoki is known for some infamous collaborations, from Tiesto on “Tornado” to Laidback Luke and Lil’ Jon on “Turbulence.” His latest team up is with bass heavy electro-house duo Knife Party on “Pile Diver” and the three recently announced a music video is in the works.
2012 has been a massive year for both Steve Aoki and Rob Swire/Gareth McGrillen of Knife Party. Both have performed on some of the biggest stages in the American dance music scene including Ultra Music Festival and Electronic Daisy Carnival. “Pile Diver,” which has been played out along the festival circuit, should be nothing new for frequent concertgoers. But a music video from the entertaining producers will only amplify the force behind the intense bangs of the tune.
We’ve been trying to un-mix the clues for the upcoming ‘Mixed Up’ Halloween extravaganza, and now we have official confirmation on just what Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso, and Otto Knows have in store. The trio will be playing simultaneous shows in New York on the night of October 27th, splitting their time between Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum and New York City’s Pier 94. To make that happen, the talent will be shuttled via helicopter between the two venues throughout the evening. The event marks a huge return to NY for Ingrosso after his massive EDC New York and Roseland Ballroom shows, and will go up against the inaugural Sensation America crowd — only this event is 18+ (as opposed to 21+). Ticket presales begin Thursday August 23rd at 12 Noon EST, at http://iammixedup.com/, with a full general sale coming Friday. More information as we get it.
Our review of Avicii’s Pier 94 New Year’s Eve extravaganza did a good job of explaining the night, the set downloads did a better one, but these video recaps of the night are a painfully real representation of the massive, amazing event. To sum them up in three words: Take us back. There are two parts to the recap, including a standard two minute recap and an five minute long part two. Part two shows some behind-the-scenes of how the venue got so tricked out, and tons more footage of Arty, Cazzette, Glenn Morrison, Swanky Tunes, and of course Avicii. Hopefully by now you’ve already clicked play, but if not get to it.
Pier 94 didn’t just play host to Avicii for a New Year’s Eve celebration, but the venue went hard in the motherf**king paint for the one and only Dayglow on New Year’s Day. DJ David Solano kept the music pumping until Benny Benassi took the stage, playing a bunch of his own hits and some from his friends. R3hab’s remix of “Close To Me” was a highlight of his set, as was his transition from Laidback Luke’s remix of “Cinema” into Skrillex’s.
It was Alesso, however, that took the decks afterward, drawing us in for a set filled with bangers flown in straight from Sweden. He opened with an acapella of his first hit, “Heiress of Valentina,” before lots of originals from the Swede. We were still recovering from Avicii’s Pier 94 extravaganza so we didn’t stay for the whole night, but check out the photos on Facebook to see the craziness for yourself.
There was no shortage of awesome things to do last night to ring in the New Year, but the biggest party in New York had to be at Pier 94. Avicii, Arty, Cazzette, Swanky Tunes, and Glenn Morrison helped 10,000 people party through the night at the massive event space — but thankfully the sets are not lost forever. EDM Tunes has somehow secured sets from Arty, Avicii, and Cazzette, so everyone can re-live the action like they were there. To sum things up, Arty opened with “Trio” (which still has no release date), Cazzette played tons of new music (“Titanium” remix, anyone?), and Avicii… well, he’s Avicii. Download or stream all the sets below… they just might help your hangover.