As most people made their annual drunken stooper back to their apartments, after being filled with a lackluster evening of confetti, cheap champagne and frozen hors-d'oeuvres, Webster Hall and it's packed ballroom of dedicated beat addicts were only starting their night.
This year's After Hours was one for the books, featuring some of the best up and coming and already well known musicians. Making a mad dash across the city to Webster after ringing in the new year with Jack U at Madison Square Garden, Kiesza (whose pipes ruled electronic music in 2014), had the crowd going nuts, setting the tone for the evening/morning. Kicking into the start of the official After Hours performances, Gorgon City donned the decks bringing their own blend of UK garage and deep house for everyone to play with. The crowd was completely transfixed on their performance until the very end when they played their breakout song of 2014, "Go All Night" that had everybody singing.
After playing a killer set at Webster's sister venue Slake, Duke Dumont came through to deliver a heart pounding set that kept everyone moving. Considering his set went on until 7:30am, there was a noticeable dwindling of attendees, but that didn't resonate with the hardcore fans who refused to call it a night. At this point the gracious proprietors broke out the, "keep shaking your ass" supplies by providing people with coffee, bagels and doughnuts to ensure that you would be able to make it through the rest of the party.
Lord Dirtybird himself, Claude Vonstroke was up next on this infinite morning. Switching between his iconic techno and deep house tracks, Claude had the crowd in his grip, refusing to let anyone catch their breath. But alas by the time his set ended (9:30am) a large portion of the crowd had dissipated, leaving Ryan Hemsworth on the cleanup crew.
Unfortunately Hemsworth was definitely the oddman out on the bill because he brought a completely different style to the table than the previous performers, but this didn't stop him from playing a hell of a set. Hopping on, it seemed like he was little surprised that anyone was still there, let alone dancing. He played a wide range of his own originals and remixes of hip-hop tracks that had the remainder of the crowd entranced. After his set ended prematurely at 10:30am, likely due to the lack of people there, he approached the 15-20 person crowd. Exhausted, he sat on the edge of the stage and simply said, "you guys need to go to sleep."
Overall Webster Hall's NYE After Hours definitely delivered in their advertisement and kept the majority of the crowd entertained for the evening. However it's my personal opinion that they should have squeezed Hemsworth in an earlier spot to change up the vibe that was primarily a continuos wall of deep house. Unlike previous regretful morning walks of shame down 3rd avenue, this one was filled with a sense of accomplishment and the unforgiving blinding sun was my trophy.
Check out more photos from the party over on Webster Hall's Facebook and on Kiwibox!
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