Best Parties of 2015 – Secret Warehouse Hologram Rave
Nightlife in New York City is as unique and diverse as the city itself. Big clubs advertise and promote venues which may or may not be worth the hefty ticket price; smaller bars and other locals may be too crowded to enjoy or filled with people you’d pay not to see. But every now and then, there’s a party that restores your faith in nightlife subculture. One such phenomenon is Shade — an underground rave run by Ladyfag and Seva Granik. Shade belongs to the underground scene of nomadic raves– parties that move from venue to venue, exact details kept secret with ever-changing locations, as followers move against the tide of commercialism and money-driven venues. Besides being visually stunning and authentic, Shade manages to create a balanced non-judgmental environment where everyone feels free to be themselves, critical stares are absent, the crowd ranges across genders and sexual orientations, and best of all there is no pressure to do or be anything except to exist. New Year’s theme was a dark dystopian vision of the year 2084 called “SHADE: 2084” where conceptually the last of humanity gathers as the external world deteriorates into a dystopian state (à la Blade Runner, The Matrix etc). Shade:2084 was fittingly held at an undisclosed location inside an industrial waterfront warehouse in Greenpoint Brooklyn; LED panels displayed flashing futuristic themes and messages as the crowd danced to DJ’s Egyptrixx, Morgan Louis & Nita Aviance and Physical Therapy beneath a hologram laser installation that was a techno work of art reminiscent of a dark pulsing & glowing futuristic Blade Runner -esque landscape. The party went through the night until dawn broke and Shade:2084 came to its cataclysmic end as the last few groups departed exhausted and stumbling into the outside world of 2015.
A Dystopian Installation – SHADE : 2084