12.30.2013

All Of The Lights: Lights All Night Recap

There's no way New Year's Eve will top this. I am now officially ready to say 2013 has come to a close. This past weekend was Dallas's biggest (unofficial) Electronic Dance Music festival: Lights All Night. And boy, did it live up to the hype. Set up warehouse style in the Dallas Convention Center; with 3 "stages," bright lasers and pyrotechnics, streamers and confetti, a line up packing serious heat, and an overall feeling of excitement.
Or was that just me?

Of course, there is always some issue, inevitably there are long lines at music festivals or large events, but during peak hours I talked with people that waited in line 1-2 hours just to get inside. You could blame security, as guests were asked to remove shoes, padded down, and searched if needed. There was also a separate section for 21 and up to buy alcohol, and once in, you couldn't take it out- smart if you want to prevent those of age from buying drinks for the teeny boppers. I questioned a cop who worked the event in years past and told me the event was "pretty tame, considering." Which was hard for me to imagine with girls wearing little to no clothing and the number of eyes I saw rolling.

Other than that the flow of the event was flawless. Big open spaces with water fountains and areas to relax or take a break. But who's there to do that? Not me.
I can count on my right hand the number of minutes I took a break, the rest of the weekend was spent dancing. As it should be. Friday night my husband, Michael, and I neon-ed up, and started with the smallest of the three stages for silent disco. We were handed a pair of head phones, set to the DJ playing in a tricked out Red Bull truck. If you wanted some space, this was the place to be, it was never over crowded. You could even switch stations and check out what the other two acts were playing.


We then meandered to the main stage, AKA "The Mothership" where we saw The Knocks (pretty music, nice break from the hard bass), Icona Pop (the girl power duo always puts on a fun show), Carnage (heavy beats and party anthems were played), Fedde Le Grand (who will most definitely get your hands in the air) and of course, the highly anticipated Deadmau5, who did not disappoint.

We mainly switched back and forth between The Mothership and Boom Box stage where we saw Zomboy, Grizmatik, and Krewella. For me, Grizmatik stole almost the whole night bringing up a saxophone and a guitar to the elevated DJ booth with a soulful edge that Lights All Night needed.


I was even more excited for Saturday to see my all time favorite- Kaskade and check out Above & Beyond, a popular Tomorrowland artist- Nicky Romero, and one of my newest obsessions- A-Trak. Michael wasn't able to accompany me but got to go with two of my best friends, ready to rage.

As we walked in, the lasers bounced off the walls as streamers spurted from the sky. The room was immersed with dance music and hands in the air. We started off with Kill Paris and then headed over to Paper Diamond. I hadn't listened to much of Paper Diamond but now I'm a converted fan. That's what I love about music festivals, you're sure to find your new favorite. R3hab put on another fantastic show, bringing the place down with massive beats.


Above & Beyond was absolutely incredible, engulfing the room with trance music. But I was ready for some house music and we made our way to Nicky Romero. I had to go to the bathroom and as I went to walk away "I Could Be The One", his hit with Avicii blasted, and I knew there was no way I could leave. So instead I took a shaky iPhone video as I screamed the lyrics along with 10,000 others. Give or take.

The finale was Kaskade and I was ready. Having seeing him at Tomorrowland I knew I wanted to make my way up to the front. He proved once again why he's one of the top DJs in the US, and the world. He makes people want to uncontrollably dance.

After four years, it seems Lights All Night has concocted the perfect Dance music festival. Superbly combining throbbing electronic music, a pyrotechnic party, and an overall good vibe. At the end of this weekend, it's clear: we came, we saw, we raved. And now I'd like to hibernate until 2014. Or until the next rave.

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45 comments:

  1. Do they have this every year? If so I am so there! What an incredible line up they had in the States! How was Krewella? You got great pictures! Honestly my heart rate just increased thinking about all that amazing music (such a dork I know!) You are so lucky that your husband loves techno as much as you do! Thanks for the recap it looks like you had an epic night!

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  2. Holy moly, that sea of people!!! Insane!!! Looks like a good time, glad you got your media pass, you fancy girl you ;)

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  3. Girrrrrl, You betterr do the darn thing and close out the year on a super high note! This looks like an ah-mazing time!

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  4. This is so dang awesome!! I think the Silent Disco sounded like the coolest event! I love that idea!

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  5. Gd bless your soul as much as I love this music I'm too much of an old person to want to go rave, (Wait, aren't I only 19?) #OLDSOUL over here. But It's fine I live vicariously through you ;) I've only ever been to avicii and that was before he really got popular but it was a fun time!

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  6. That looks like so much fun! It looks like you had a blast! I have always wanted to RAVE IT OUT! I got to do it at least once, I just don't know where to go to do those kind of things.

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  7. WOW. It sounds like a really great event! So glad that you were able to go!!

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  8. saxophone ?! that would have been so sick.

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  9. The silent disco is a really cool idea, I don't know why that's never an option at any of the Seattle raves. Yay for the perfect way to end the year!

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  10. Helene, do you like Krewella? That song ALive, is my favorite song of 2013. I'm so glad music like that and all the stuff you love too is being made and even played on the radio. It's awesome. Have you ever heard of OceanLab??? Me and my fiance are so in love with that band and their music. It's awesome. :)

    Ginny
    www.buttergirldiaries.com

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  11. It seems so weird that this all took place in Dallas, don't know why though. Sounds like a spectacular time!

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  12. That is an insane amount of people! Looks like a blast with good music, and lots of dancing!

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  13. That looks like SO much fun! I'm so glad you got to attend!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Le Mode Giveaway!

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  14. It looks like you had a blast! So glad you got to go this year! Rave on my friend!

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  15. You should be covering every electronic festival in the world!

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  16. Haha this looks so cool! I might have to actually check out an EDM event here one of these days. With my old ass :)

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  17. I like the guy with the cat wearing glasses on his shirt in the first photo. Totally jealous that you saw Icona Pop perform in a Mothership. LOL. Looks like a blast!

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  18. I would have loved this kinda stuff back in my 20's but since getting old (now 43)... I will live and read this stuff vicariously through you! :)

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  19. Holy cow! Look at all those people! Looks like you had fun!

    I am hosting a weekend recap with another blogger, would love for you to be a part of it

    Showered With Design

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  20. These music festivals all sound like so much fun!

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  21. Oh look at you with your Media pass, like a boss!!

    I really wish Deadmau would come to his senses and leave Kat Von D, but I'm sure he put on a great show! Glad you had such an amazing time!!!

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  22. This looks like the most fun. Music festivals are the best!

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  23. This sounds absolutely fantastic and you did a wonderful review!

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  24. WOW. So many people. Looks like a lot of fun!!

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  25. That looks like so much fun!! I don't know how you'll top that with New Years, but I wish ya luck trying ;)

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  26. Wow, I never knew about this. Great review.

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  27. omg, reading this gave me MAJOR flashbacks of all those parties i used to go to! looks like a FAB time!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  28. I mean shit. What a party.


    Who had the X


    Ha, I kid. I kid.

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  29. Seriously...Epic fun. That's what all that looks like. How awesome :)

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  30. Great post! Been looking forward to your recap! I've never been to a rave but this makes me want to go to one!

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  31. This look so fun!!! Annnnd you're gorgeous.

    xo

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  32. Um, you are the queen of musical festivals!!! Another one for the books!! Looking at the pictures of the crowds gives me anxiety!! LOL! Yay for the press pass! Way to end 2013 with a bang!! xoxo

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  33. Holy moly, this looks so insane! Glad you got to go, and glad you loved it!!

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  34. This is awesome. I was excited to see that you were going to this!
    I can only imagine how much of a good time it was!

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  35. I knew you and Michael wouldn't disappoint with the Neon ::insert obnoxious winking::
    I guess I would have to see the Convention Center to understand how such a big event could fit into one space-- it seems crazy that so many acts could be slammin'! Your pictures are incredible and I love all your detail in describing this experience. I wish Pensacola could host something major like this. Even though we have NOLA close by, it would be neat to experience more festivals here! While we do have Bayfest in Mobile and Hangout Fest, there aren't THAT many "acts" that I'm interested in. You don't really find people going "insane" like I miss from the "old days".. So happy you got to experience this and close out your year with one hell of a bang! XO

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  36. SO FUN! I just want to party with you.

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  37. This sounds crazy and super overwhelming to me but I am glad you had a such a great time!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  38. Look at you with your bad ass media pass!!! How awesome! :D

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  39. I would go on to say how jealous I am of all this, but I'm pretty sure you already know that ;) this seriously looks like an amazing time!! So glad you got to experience it. If I move to Dallas, count me in next year for sure!! Btw, the half dressed girls were pretty funny. We were at the Omni right outside, so many of the party people were staying there. The girls standing around the hotel were easily mistaken for hookers ha!

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  40. I definitely live through you Helene! Looks like you had an absolute blast. I was in bed looking through Instagram the other night and I saw some of your pictures and just wished I could be there!

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  41. Looks awesome! I would love to see Deadmau5 someday.

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  42. There was something like this in Denver for New Years, and I wanted to go, just so I could be cool like you!! Hehe I love EDM too.

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