SKYLAB 2012: Mission Blackout Lands In Denver
(By Brandy Cordova) SKYLAB 2012: Mission Blackout landed in Denver at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, September 29, 2012. This marked the 18th annual SKYLAB, which is Denver’s largest indoor dance music event, which was brought to fans by Triad Dragons and Beta.
This year’s line-up featured acts such as Porter Robinson, Gareth Emery, Zedd, Andy C, Borgore and Downlink, as well as local superstars Dragon, Ecotek, Jontron, Fury, Trajikk, and Kevin Alves, as well as many more acts spread across three stages.
This year’s theme was Mission Blackout. It was a launch into “the darkest depths of space and imagination”. Attendees were encouraged to come dressed as “creatures of the night” and to “embrace the darkness”. Black attire was encouraged, yet many of the on-goers came out in the typical fluorescent colors seen at electronic dance events. Some on-goers embraced the darkness and dressed as creatures of the night and in all black.
The night resembled Global Dance Festival, in that there were three stages, all with different genres of electronic dance music. The big differences, were it being only one night of music, indoors, and decorated to match the theme of the night.
Triad Dragon created a completely surreal environment. The main Skylab Launch Pad stage lighting rig was incredible. To each side of the stage were VIP viewing decks, around the sound booth were some L.E.D. towers and at the back another small stage for dancers and various performers. Suspended above the audiences heads was a giant illuminated solar system, consisting of an array of hovering planets.
Ecotek set out with an amazing launch of the night. Zedd then took control of the Skylab Launch Pad after Ecotek. Gareth Emery put together an impressive set dropping in and out of some of the summer’s hottest progressive house and keeping the energy high with some past time favorites. Porter Robinson closed out the Skylab Launch Pad following Gareth Emery’s last finale tracks.
The Reload Propulsion Lab, a side dubstep-bass stage, held host to some great DJ’s and I found myself getting my dance on the most at this stage. Israeli dub step-demon Asaf Borgore threw down a mad set. After his set, there was a slight hiccup with the sound, but things got fixed and Andy C and Armanni Reign threw down an ill set of drum and bass.
The Sub-Mission Orbiter stage did not fare so well. It was tucked away in a hallway near the porto-potties and never had more than 20 people in front of it. At least the people in line for the porto-potties heard some good mixes and beats as they waited their turn in line.
All in all, the night was great. All the DJ’s did well. Triad Dragon and Beta proved once again that they know what Colorado wants in the electronic dance music world.
Pics by Jeremy Want