Why Bassnectar NYE 2015 Ended All Others
December 31, 2015 — Birmingham, AL, the Mecca for 20,000 Bassheads on New Year’s Eve, traveling from miles around to hear the King of the Sound. From California to Maine, and even Hawaii, Bassnectar fans made their annual journey to witness the most respected and longstanding (20+ years) electronic artist perform his magic, catapulting them into another dimension with his immersive, musical extravaganza.
This was the first year Lorin Ashton chose Alabama for his annual NYE360 show, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena having hosted the event for the last several years. Bassnectar made it clear that he wanted a venue that could hold nearly the entirety of his fanbase, so he and his team settled on Legacy Arena (BJCC) in Birmingham, AL. The top section in the venue was opened up, unlike Nashville, to allow for the maximum usage of “Bass Space” and to accommodate every single basshead.
Upon arrival, you could feel the excitement in the air. His NYE shows are different than all his other performances, mainly because it is HIS show with no sound restrictions and (almost) no time restrictions. He is able to completely let loose and in return, his fans let themselves go and totally surrender to the immersive and amorphous experience at hand.
This NYE360 show was different than the rest, not only because of the change of location, but because of the general atmosphere. You could feel the sense of togetherness; before, during and after the show. Many people say, “You had to be there, I just can’t explain it,” and that is the absolute truth. This NYE was something special, even Lorin himself made it known on social media before the event that this would be a show for the record books. He wasn’t wrong.
Everything came together to form a perfect, unifying experience that goes much deeper than the spectacle of it all. Below are my Top 5 reasons why this year’s NYE360 was the best one yet.
1. Venue Security
Sometimes security can be all up on your junk and rude but at Legacy Arena, from waiting in line to showtime, security was smiling and trying to make it a pleasant experience for everyone. During Bassnectar’s set, several security guards were spotted dancing with the crowd vibing to Nectar’s sweet sounds.
2. Nostalgia Worship
Bassnectar is most well-known by many for his recent songs and albums, but at this show, he took us back and played songs that he hasn’t played live in years, giving some original Bassheads a nostalgic experience while newer Bassheads got a taste of some gnarly, OG Nectar.
3. Room With a View
It didn’t matter if you were at the rail or standing in the nose-bleed section, Legacy Arena is set up so that everyone in the venue can see what is going on in the middle of the floor. Bassnectar’s 360-degree stage setup made him visible to every basshead and vice versa, rotating slowly throughout his entire set to provide a more personal experience for everyone in the building.
4. All the Right Vibes
The entire weekend was filled with love. Bassnectar’s fans have a bad rep with some people saying they are rude, but there are always bad eggs in every crowd. The Bassnectar family is just that, a family. If you need help, people will help. If you need someone to talk to, someone will be there talking with you. Bassnectar not only brings amazing music to people but he brings them together as a unit.
5. His Show, His Rules
If you’ve seen Bassnectar at a festival, or a show that is not purely his own, you have not seen Nectar. On NYE, he is not restricted by outside rules and regulations or time constraints. He plays loud, long and nasty. In Birmingham, he played for nearly three hours, going 30 minutes over his anticipated set time. He takes you on a ride and doesn’t stop. When the show is over it feels like you just ran a 10K marathon and need to decompress but still feel that euphoric high that is a full-on, no-holds-barred Bassnectar experience.