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The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

LAN does EDM big for NYE

Bassnectar closes out day one of LAN. Ethan Pham, The Paisano.

DFW rings in the new year with bass drops, strobe lights and pure ecstacy.


On Dec. 29 and 30, Lights All Night (LAN) transformed the Dallas Market Hall into an ecstatic musical experience for its eighth annual return. After clearing check-in and walking into the venue, attendees were greeted with big lights and big sounds from some of the biggest electronic dance music (EDM) acts around the globe.

Day one’s main stage, the Supernova Stage, saw performances from Illenium, Porter Robinson and Bassnectar.

All three DJ’s drew the attention of attendees, who adorned themselves with the DJ’s logos and artworks in a variety of ways.

Illenium drew the crowd into a singing frenzy with his emotionally-stirring tracks, while Porter Robinson and Bassnectar got the crowd excited and energized.

Earlier, Ookay also got the crowd hyped with his live DJ set, which involved him singing to his audience.

The Satellite Stage provided a smaller, more intimate space featuring two big hip-hop performances from Smokepurpp and Ugly God.

Liquid Stranger, from Sweden, also performed a set at the Satellite Stage as well as the official after party headliner for day one at the Lizard Lounge.

Day two opened with Niko the Kid and mau5trap’s Blackgummy. Afterwards, the Supernova Stage saw a big performance from Morgan Page who electrified the concert goers.

A hooper performing during a DJ set. Ethan Pham/The Paisano.

TOKiMONSTA at the Satellite Stage gave a heavy and intense set that compelled everyone to dance their emotions away. Day two also saw many flow artists performing throughout the venue.

Hula hoops, poi, LED gloves and many more flow props literally lit up people’s eyes with bright colors throughout the night. Some of the biggest sets of day two were NGHTMRE, Seven Lions and Marshmello.

Over the two days, LAN saw over 30,000 attendees. The LAN and participating artists worked right after Hurricane Harvey to support relief efforts that led to over $22,000 in donations to the Houston Food Bank. Another portion of the festival’s proceeds went to support the Texas Girls’ Choir, which aims to help young women through music.

The updated grounds and expanded indoor/outdoor facilities provided more space for festival attendees to party in.

LAN plans to unveil more information about LAN 2018 within a few months. The festival provided a euphoric and exhilarating experience, which was filled with both love and excitement. The New Year’s Eve weekend was truly lit up all night long for Texas.


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