Disclosure Stuns, Renders "Wild Life" BK Event the Premiere Dance Music Event of NYE 2016
To witness a visual representation of bliss, one would need only to glance into the crowd gathered at 7 52nd Street in Brooklyn to catch a glimpse of their facial expressions. New Year’s Eve celebrators arrived at Depot 52—the formerly “secret” warehouse in which U.K. house and garage duo, Disclosure, would provide the soundtrack for the transition from 2016 to 2017—individually, yet were united by wide smiles and head bobs that proved to be contagious among attendees. Officially on at 11 PM, the main act of the sold out “Wild Life” BK event, Disclosure, confirmed via the crowd’s reaction that they were indeed headlining the choice event of electronic dance music to be held on New Year’s Eve of 2016. The energy was accordingly electric.
Preceded by Jimpong and Eli Escobar, Disclosure treated listeners to a three hour set concluding at 2 AM. Of the various and especially “sweet spots” of the set, perhaps the crown jewel was—however predictably—the Disclosure led ushering in of the new year. With the vocals of David Bowie as the soundtrack to the traditional 10, 9, 8…countdown to midnight inherent of New Year’s Eve, the crowd broke their gaze from Disclosure brothers, Howard and Guy Lawrence, only to share in the classic midnight kiss as confetti gently descended. The moment might be aptly described in many words, the choice of those options, “picturesque.”
Time seemed to stand still within the depths of Depot 52 as Disclosure—having completed the honor of unveiling 2017—resumed their set, offering the crowd a euphoric blend of house and deep house music. For those with tastes oriented more towards their most popular hits, Disclosure answered with the AlunaGeorge feature, “White Noise,” the Sam Smith graced “Omen,” and early career hit, “Latch” towards the end of the set.
Disclosure likewise provided Depot 52 attendees with a sample of the Tiga/Audion track “Let’s Go Dancing,” as a preview of what was to come when Tiga would take the stage from 2-3:30 AM to relieve Disclosure.
Illuminated by the multicolored array of tubular streams of light pouring from the ceiling of the warehouse, “Wild Life” participants danced tirelessly until 5 AM, the show then closed out by Kenny Larkin. Decorated with three different bars, and flanked by a tent complete with lounge chairs for guests in need of a break from dancing, Depot 52 provided its spirited attendees with ample space to ring in the new year to tunes blasted with remarkable clarity from the “most advanced sound system” promised by the venue.
As early morning stragglers departed from Depot 52, greeted by the haze of the onset of the morning sunrise, all would agree: NYE 2016 was best spent in BK.