Dallas, y’all know how to party!!!
Lights All Night, the longest-running EDM festival in Texas has once again taken over Dallas Market Hall for a two-night New Years’ Eve run. Last night marked the 11th anniversary of the event and it was full of everything that makes for a quintessential music festival experience – colorful decorations, stellar production, fun rave outfits, and let’s not forget about the top tier music performances. With four stages dispersed both inside and outside of the venue, there was some kind of electronic music for any attendee, from in-your-face bass to progressive house to Jersey club.
With doors opening at 6PM, the venue quickly filled in, though it certainly became more packed as the night progressed. The main stage, Supernova, was…whew. It was something else! LED panels not only surrounded the stage but also were stacked outwards to give the entire stage a very enveloping, and bright, feeling. Pyrotechnics were abundant there, while lasers were dominating at both Supernova and the other indoor stage, Intergalactic. Planet Prime was the larger outside stage and was home to headbanging bass music while Space Station may have been smaller but provided for a much more intimate experience. The directed flow of traffic made it easy to move between the stages.
Supernova saw larger acts – Hellbound, 1788-L, Deadmau5, Subtronics, Slander, and Illenium – bringing listeners not only waves of nostalgia but also bass-heavy beats to bounce around to. The crowd was pretty decently sized the entire night but definitely began to get more packed from Deadmau5 and beyond. Taking breaks to stay cool and drink water was more than a necessity. Slander and Illenium both delivered their classic melodic bass styles, which would have you emotional one minute and headbanging the next, and both played new tracks to the expansive crowd.
Intergalactic had a good mix of bass and everything house-centric. Corrupt UK and Of The Trees started the night off with some heavy and experimental bass. Of The Trees, a late announcement on the lineup, played a collaboration with his late friend and talented producer, CharlesTheFirst, to a resounding round of applause from the crowd. Habstrakt began to move the stage more in a house direction, followed by 4B, JOYRYDE, and closed out by none other than Malaa.
Planet Prime was the stage for heavy bass and the headbangers solidly throughout the night. It featured a few b2bs along with some up-and-coming artists. Doctor Neiman, Nik P, Hi Im Ghost b2b Rated R, Eazybaked b2b Sumthin Sumthin, Effin, Jantsen, and HOLLY rounded out the lineup there. Past all of the food trucks, the water station, and a light-up tunnel display, Space Station was home to pretty much anything that the artists were feeling like playing – techno, house, bass, everything. MyFriendJose, JSPH LPZ, Arctic, Oats & Honey, Colson XL, and Scott Slyter were a stopping point for anyone who needed a bit of a break from the rush of the indoors. It was also a pleasure catching up with the Austin collective that is Oats & Honey after meeting them at Seismic Dance Event 4.0 last month!
With all of the action that took place last night and the lineup that is set for tonight, I think it’s safe to say that ringing in 2022 in Dallas will be unforgettable. With inclement weather on the horizon, the team has made the decision to revise the show hours from 5PM to 12:30AM, while the set times will remain the same length. See below for the revision, and see you all to ring in the new year!