Out of the many popular New Year Eve shows New York City had to offer, a few Malaysian Safari animals attended the biggest deep house party of the night. Held at Pier 94, Wild Life was a 10 hour event featuring the deep house legends themselves, Disclosure, as well as special guests, Claude VonStroke, Dusky, Ten Walls, Kyle Hall, and Isaac Tichauer.
Pier 94 was beautifully adorned with winter wonderland decorations, immediately creating a magically atmosphere. With light-up Christmas trees located near the entrance and light-up icicles hanging from the ceiling, this venue gave off good vibes the second we walked in. Starting off the show, Isaac Tichauer greeted us with mellow, soft deep house. While casually listening to Tichauer’s set, people socialized and hung out in the venue, waiting for a larger crowd to arrive. Next, Kyle Hall took the stage next, increasing the volume and the size of the crowd. We arrived pretty early, giving us the opportunity to take the rail, a prime location to be at for midnight. As Dusky came on, more people filled into the front, creating a much more lively crowd. Dusky’s set really got the crowd moving, a great way to open for the deep house gods we all came to see.
A deep house set after deep house set may all sound kind of the same, but nothing compares to the set Disclosure put on at Wild Life. The entirety of the show so far has just been building up to this moment. While Disclosure’s performance was just a DJ set, the English brothers played a generous two and a half hour set! First, Disclosure opened with one of their best songs When A Fire Starts To Burn.
The crowd energy was high and everyone was just about ready for the new year. Disclosure displayed a countdown behind them as they were DJing, pumping up the crowd for midnight. When the clock hit 00:00:00, smoke blew into the air, balloons and confetti fell from the sky, and everyone was celebrating. This was by far the largest party I have ever been a part of. As a crowd, we managed to keep the balloons flying through the air for at least an hour. Everyone was in a good mood; people were celebrating the new year with their loved ones, best friends, and new friends of that night.
As for Disclosure’s set, I was blown away. Some songs, I couldn’t even comprehend. Their production is so advanced, NYC didn’t know what was coming for them. In addition, the light show was incredible. Pier 94 is a great venue for an awing light show. Of course at the end of their set, Disclosure played Latch and the crowd sang together their most popularized song.
While everyone was exhausted from Disclosure’s set, the crowd didn’t stop moving when Claude VonStroke came on stage. The deep house party continued and energy in the air was still very high! Claude VonStroke played a great set and introduced us to new unreleased music. Next, Ten Walls came on. At this point in the night, you would think NYC would be tired of deep house, but no. While the crowd emptied out a bit, most people were still going hard to this sexy music. Those who stayed until 3:50 got to experience the wonderful surprise of Skrillex showing up on stage. This was the most exciting part of the show for me. Coming straight from Jack U’s set at Madison Square Garden, Skrillex came on stage during Ten Walls and wished Pier 94 a happy New Year.
After Ten Walls, Thalab played from 4:30 am to 6:00 am, closing Wild Life NYE. By this time of the night, everyone was exhausted but a few stragglers were still left, dancing to endless deep house. Wild Life NYE was by far one of the best ways to start of the new year for Malaysian Safari. Not only was it incredible to be in one for the best cities of the world for one of the greatest nights of the year, but we got to celebrate the beginning of the new year with our best friends while listening to incredibly talented DJs. Thank you, Disclosure and Wild Life crew for an unforgettable night.