By Alexandra Sereno
Lights All Night, a two day EDM festival every New Year’s Eve that takes place at the Dallas Market Hall located in Dallas, TX. This is an event where all are welcome to dance, flow and exude nothing but good vibes at the Dallas Market Hall. EDM stands for electronic dance music and has many sub-genres underneath it. Ranging from trance, house, bass, dubstep and more. In this day and age it is difficult to define what EDM is because it is a genre that is constantly growing and changing.
The artists were divided among two stages during the weekend festival. Each stage had different pyrotechnics, lazer projectors and psychedelic visuals. Day one consisted of Bassnectar (hard bass), Porter Robinson (atmospheric dance pop), Illenium (dance/bass), Ookay Live (hard bass) and Liquid Stranger. There were many other DJ’s, but these were the most prominent and hyped up. Renee and I arrived as Ookay Live was finishing up his set. The energy once you walked into the market hall was electric and infectious. Everyone was happy to be there moving and grooving with their friends in honor of music and the new year.
One thing I learned after having been to many EDM shows is that people who attend these shows are extremely friendly. Perhaps it’s the “PLUR” culture or simply the fact everyone is just happy to be there and listening to music as a collective. Day two did not disappoint in providing the grooviest of tunes! Artists such as Morgan Page, Vincent, Tokimonsta, NGHTMRE, Seven Lions, AC Slater and Marshmello. House and bass were the predominant genres of day two. Out of all the artists Renee and myself were excited to see Tokimonsta the most. For those who did not know, Toki had been battling a brain tumor for the last two years and after having surgery she lost speaking and musical abilities. Jennifer Lee, also known as Tokimonsta, taught herself how to talk, DJ and understand music all in the last year producing a comeback album titled Lune Rouge. All in all, she killed it on day two and was by far the favorite. AC Slater and Marshmello closed out the evening, but i find myself to enjoy house music more so AC Slater was the final artist of the evening.
Overall, Lights All Night 2017 provided nothing but good vibes, electric beats and a groovy time. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the end of 2018!
Featured image by Renee Dominguez.