Festival Review: Lights All Night

Thousands crowded into Dallas Market Hall on December 28 and 29th for one of the biggest New Year’s Eve EDM festivals. Lights All Night (LAN) celebrated their ninth year with their biggest installment of the fest which provided a music experience that spanned five stages, a new Dreamhack gaming lounge, and art installations. With 30,000 attendees, the sold out festival provided sounds from some of the hottest artists in the EDM realm including Rezz, Kaskade, Tiesto, Diplo, Jai Wolf, Whats So Not, and more.

Despite the crippling cold, attendees dressed in neon, minimalist attire made to show off on the dance floor. The festivals 5 stages were spread out amongst the venue with 3 inside, and 2 outdoors. Supernova, the main stage, was backed by numerous LED screens and lazors providing visually appealing light shows while DJs spun their hottest tracks. The stage featured sets from Kaskade, Sofi Tukker, Rezz, Diplo, Luca Lush, Ekali, Excision, Tiesto, and Hiphop artist Gucci Mane. Standout sets were provided by Sofi Tukker and Gucci Mane. Sofi Tukker made sure to keep the audience amped by standing and jumping on top of the dj booth during their set. Gucci Mane took the stage in a Gucci peacoat and beanie as he performed his hits “Traphouse 3,” “Wake Up In The Sky,” and the “St. Brick Intro.” Festivalgoers belted the lyrics right back as Gucci rapped his hour long set. With a spherical shaped dj booth, artists such as Quix, Madhatter, Mr.Carmack, Oliver Tree, Jai Wolf, Funtcase, and What So Not graced the indoor Intergalactic stage as festival goers danced, vibed, and headbanged to the beat. Along with the two main stages, there was an indoor silent disco where attendees could listen to artists through headphones. Penthouse Penthouse, Lick, Grensta, Krewx, Oxygenate, and more performed under a combination of disco balls and lights which reflected onto the walls making festival goers feel like they were dancing under the stars. The festival provided numerous creative visuals including performance artists who danced, played with fire, hula hooped, walked on stilts, as well as  twisted and turned above the crowd on aerial silk. Alongside these were new interactive art scenes by Sweet Tooth Hotel, “Kinetic Balls,” and 30 foot “Fallen Stars” which provided the perfect backdrop for festival photos. The festivals two outside stages provided an escape from the dark indoors as well as the chance to listen to music while attendees ordered food or warmed up by the fire pits. Lights All Night provided a fun atmosphere and an unforgettable weekend.