Been on an EDM kick for the past 1.5-2 years... I dabbled with some trance in high school, and I've always had tracks scattered throughout my workout playlists, but I'm pretty much a newbie to the stuff. That means no raves (or any of the associated naughtier aspects to "enjoying the music") for yours truly all throughout the fun years; Saturday, 3/26/16, marked the first EDM rave I'd ever been to. The road to the Echostage was all a relatively impromptu affair.
My brother has been quite the EDM fan for the past few years, with his musical tastes pretty much influencing mine for the past couple cycles. So when I visited him on his bday a couple weeks back, he exclaimed "KSHMR and Tiësto are playing at Echostage, I'd totally wanna hit see them." Seeing as how I could kill three birds with one stone (with the purchasing of tickets for his bday, as well as attending a rave for the first time ever, and ultimately using this experience as a "practice session" prior to hitting up EDC Las Vegas later this year), I jumped at the opportunity.
So, perhaps I'm not the most qualified person to speak as music venues where one could enjoy shows such as these, but I had a blast here. We arrived relatively early at 10 (doors opened at 9, with bro and friend wanting to get there early so we could have a good spot for the opening act). Place was barely half full when we got in, so we were able to snake our way just a few paces from front and center. Good call on that, as the place was pretty much as packed as a sardine can just a half hour later.
However, I was able to observe the place prior to "packed-to-the-gills" status, and I was definitely a fan of the set up. Big room, with bars to the left and the right, with VIP balconies (I would assume) on top of those. Pretty sexy if you ask me. And a tall boy Heineken running about $7 ain't a bad deal (maybe those NYC prices just made me callous to drink pricing). Huge speaker towers to the left and right of the stage (and speakers scattered everywhere else I'm sure) made for some booming (but not deafening) noise; definitely some world class sound quality on those.
But that's pretty much all I can speak to about the venue (aside from "sketchy neighborhood" that's mentioned in most of the reviews for this spot. Other than that, the music, the light show, and the crowd will pretty much make (or break) your night here. Since Tiësto was here for the time that I'm writing about, the crowd was a bit douche-y, with my one friend (who ain't a newbie to these kind of things) saying that it may have been the "douchy-est, most ratchet crowd" he's dealt with (to be honest, I expected a lot of contact, especially since we were near the front, but apparently it was "particularly bad" on my first time). My philosophy was to roll with the blows, and throw back an elbow/push back just so they'd know that the our group of three deep was not one to be pushed around. The music (especially from KSHMR) and the light shows were pretty phenomenal though, so it was easy to get hyped with the rest of the crowd despite receiving such a high rate of contact.
I had a great time here, def makes me excited for my next show (here or elsewhere).