The EDM scene in New York is unlike any other place in the world, and this New Year’s Eve was no exception. With so many shows going on, one could not go wrong and it was hard to choose what artists to see. I decided to spend my NYE at Pier 94 with Afrojack, Tommie Sunshine, Quintino, Bobby Burns, Shermanology, and R3hab. Heading in I had conflicting expectations, keeping in mind the fact of the controversy swirling around DJs and the predictability of their sets in recent months.
I made it to Pier 94 fairly early in the night but when I got there I saw a massive crowd waiting in line and I knew everyone was energized and ready to go. I didn’t make it inside until the end of Tommie Sunshine’s set but from the outside sounded like he was preparing the night perfectly with a great opening act. As the clock neared midnight, the crowd was buzzing with energy awaiting the man of the night. He opened up with a pre recorded mashup of many tunes eventually dropping on his infamous song “Bangduck”. As his set went on I started to get more into the groove as he played his newer songs like “Annie’s Theme” and even a unreleased track I enjoyed tremendously. I personally thought his Gangnam style remix killed the mood a bit. The night continued and Afrojack continued to play his usual songs and ended nicely with his famous track of the year “Rock The House”. Considering Afrojack was the headliner, I was hoping to see him be a little more daring. All in all his set was good, but I would have liked to see him take more risk and attempt to squeeze more songs into his solo performance.
Throughout the whole night Afrojack went back to back on the decks with DJs such as Bobby Burns, Quintino, and the group Shermanology. Quintino and Afrojack were the first to take the decks around 1 a.m starting off with Quintino & R3hab’s remix of Tiesto’s famous song “Chasing Summers”. The two complimented each other perfectly after they blasted the crowd, drop after drop. Lot’s of unreleased Quintino music was played and I have never had more trouble naming songs then I did that night. The peak of his set hit was when the crowd anxiously awaited for Quintino’s signature song “Epic”. The song is known all to well and the crowd went insane as quintino dropped this track! Quintino brought an energetic atmosphere along with his set which perfectly prepared Bobby Burns and Shermanology to take stage right after him.
Bobby Burns kept the vibe going with Afrojack throughout the night keeping the crowd alive and hungry for more. Shermanology dropped their trademark songs such as “Living 4 The City” and “Can’t Stop me Now”. Although all the Djs had great performances that night, R3hab’s set was by far the best one I had heard all night. Even at 4 in the morning, R3hab kept the crowd on their toes by playing in his illustrious bangers such as “Skydrop” and “A Night In” (EDC Orlando anthem). What particularly impressed me was when I heard him play “Animal Rights” by Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner. He renewed my faith in DJs who can keep a crowd guessing and hit them with unexpected surprises. Jacked New years eve was an amazing time, but unfortunately not as musically impressive as I had hoped. Despite the predictable sets and surprising lack of creativity from some DJs, overall the night was truly a new years that will always be remembered. Thank you to the whole Jacked team for spending it with us in New York City!