With a plethora of shows to choose from in the New York City area this New Years Eve, there had to be some difficulty for people to choose which party to go to. But those that were smart and fortunate enough to attend Joonbug's New Years Eve party at Pier 36, were in for an amazing night, and we're not just saying that because it was our party! DJ Mag was right when they rated this party as #1 in the country for NYE. It truly was an experience that only happens once a year.
From the very entrance of the venue, you could feel the energy to quickly build into something euphoric. With Michelle Francheska opening the show, everything was fallling right into place. The venue was very spacious, the sound system was spectacular (extremely loud, yet still clear), the massive stage and video screen, the 3-hour incluseive open bar was top knotch as well. All the elements were set for what was going to be one of the best nights of the year.
With a line-up of five heavy-hitters there was something for everyone to be excited about.Cedric Gervais started the party off right, as he got on around 9:30pm and played a solid hour and a half set. The french producer mixed a number of songs which included his rave smash "Molly", and his remix of Lana Del Rey's Summertime Sadness".
Then, R3HAB came on and was the lucky DJ chosen to play during the New Years countdown. He rocked his set with his heavy hitting dutch sound, which got the crowd just in the right mood for the what was to come. The packed out venue counted down the last 10 seconds of 2013 and when the hour struck, balloons and confetti blew into the crowd as people hugged, kissed, and cheered to the new year.
Sander Van Doorn was the next DJ to take on the reigns and was an obvious crowd favorite, as the consecutively top-20-ranked DJ played through his evergrowing discography of singles. His mixing skills and selection of songs was amazing, and it was now very apparent as to why he is one of the world's most loved DJ's. Tracks like "Joygenizer" and "Neon" had the PLUR levels on high while the bass rang through the body of every individual.
Next up was Showtek, who were a personal favorite of the night. They absolutely killed it, with a set jampacked with bangers. They played a number of their remixes as well as their latest releases "Booyah" and "We Like To Party" and got the crowd straight up rocking. These guys have made big moves in 2013 - dropping some of the summer's biggest festvial hits ("Slow Down", "Cannonball", "Get Loose") as well as founding their own label, Skink Records - and are expecting to make a bigger name for themselves in 2014.
Last but not least on the decks was the one and only Tommy Trash. One of EDM's most recognizable names came through and shut it down, literally. He played up until 4:30am to a crowd that hadn't lost a step after 8 hours of partying. Closing out with his Sebastian Ingrosso collaborative track, "Reload", it seemed like the night was just about to begin, but sadly it all had to come to an end sooner or later. But a great set none the less, and a great way to finish off the night.
In the end everything just seemed to work perfectly last night. From the big things to even the little things, everything was done right. Massive sets by 5 of EDM's biggest names on one of the biggest party nights of the year, you didnt think it could get any better but it did. The venue was awesome, from their coat check to security to the bar to the dance floor and of course the music, and so was the crowd. Everyone was there for a single purpose and that was to bring in the new year with great spirits. The love and comradory was something that I'm sure was experienced throughout the world. but at Pier 36 we got to ExPIERence something unlike anything else. Hope everyone else had as close a good time as we did, and we wish you all a happy 2014!