Written by: Ash Mullen
For the first time, two of the East Coast’s biggest production companies came together to produce a legendary weekend double-header: LEGACY. Caffeine, based in NYC and BADASS Raves, based in DC are well-known in their respective areas for hosting some of the most entertaining and epic raves that feature a wide range of international and local talent. For LEGACY, nothing less than awesomeness was to be expected from the dynamic duo.
Both parties had slightly differing lineups but, primarily focused on the genre of hardstyle. Noisecontrollers concluded his All Around album tour over the weekend and Lady Faith served as a last-minute addition. NYC also had trap-master Kennedy Jones and Dim Mak’s Botnek, while Baltimore had TWRK and Rene LaVice. DJ X-Dream was also a featured artist at the latter event, and Micro spun in NYC. Another unique aspect to both events was the inclusion of a “Chill Room” which was strictly reserved for genres such as, Psybient, Down-tempo and Chillstep. Needless to say everyone was definitely looking forward to starting off March with a bang!
At the stroke of 2am, the crowd was more than ready to get their long-awaited dose of hard bass from one of the most influential hardstyle artists of all time. When Noisecontrollers took over the decks, NYC hard bass history had just been made and the super packed venue was filled with excitement! Considering the recent split between Bas and Arjan, it was refreshing to see that most of the characteristic style remained unchanged. The entire night was filled with classic tracks by the duo, as well as some releases off Nosicontollers’ new album; All Around. He opened with their collaboration with Showtek “Get Loose” and went on to play a great variety of tracks. It was really awesome to hear him throw a few dubstep songs in his set, as well. Though it was labeled as an album tour, Noisecontrollers played some of his more classic tracks including “Feel So Good” which was included on the 2012 Qlimax compilation album and “Faster and Further,” an oldie but a goodie. With his easily-recognizable fedora, Noisecontrollers did not disappoint for his NYC debut- fans are more than hopeful for when he returns.
Though it was unfortunate that Organ Donors was unable to play at Legacy, the organizers found someone to step in that was of the exact caliber. #1 hardstyle diva and one of the few female DJs in the genre, Lady Faith graced the stage at 3am to bring the night to heart-stopping close! She was dressed to the nines in a lace top, tight black pants and killer platforms- this gorgeous woman was ready to throw down for her Faithful. Her set was filled with club bangers such as, a harder edit of Showtek’s “Cannonball” and a couple of tracks by Zatox – “Action” and “The Perfect Weapon.” The latter definitely came as a bit of a surprise, since it is rarely heard these days. Without a doubt Lady Faith proved herself to be the “Queen [hardstyle] Bitch of the Universe.” It was nice to see both her and Noisecontrollers spending time with their fans after the show concluded- they clearly understand the meaning of PLUR which is pretty sweet and much appreciated.
Legacy NYC was more than successful- 2500 people were in attendance, the vibes were amazing and the music was loud enough to make the room quake. Hardstyle legend Noisecontrollers and #1 female hardstyle DJ Lady Faith brought the house down with their thumping beats, PLUR was in 100% in effect and the production level was top-notch. Caffeine and BADASS pulled together a historical event weekend and everyone is looking forward to more collaborations by them.
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