Concert Review: Bassnectar

Concert Review: Bassnectar rings in the New Year

By Kaitlyn Martin
Managing Editor

If you haven’t heard of Bassnectar this is definitely an artist that you need to add to your playlist. Though he is best known by his stage name Bassnectar and his mesmerizing style of EDM , his name is Lorin Ashton and he was originally inspired by the metal and rock n’ roll genres. He has even worked alongside infamous rock n’ roll artist Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine.

Ashton tours from music festival to music festival as well as organizing his own personal tours from time to time, but he also coordinates an annual event known as New Year’s Eve 360°. The event takes place on, you guessed it, New Year’s Eve, and he performs in an arena where his stage is circular in the middle of the room; hence the 360° part.

I have heard phenomenal reviews ever since he created this event, but I was personally more into the rock and punk rock genres of music. I decided to end the year of 2015 by doing something I have never done before by spontaneously purchasing tickets for myself and two very close friends and setting off on an adventure to Birmingham, Alabama on December 31, 2015. He performed at the Legacy arena located at the Birmingham-Jefferson Covention complex to twenty thousand people who I now call family.

I was not prepared for the unforgettable night I had before me. The show was phenomenal from beginning to end, for over five hours straight with three opening acts before Bassnectar even took the stage, I have to say this is the best event I have ever attended.

Not only was this the best way to celebrate the New Year, three artists I have never heard of have now made their way into my daily playlist. The first act was Psymbionic and his melodic beats were a perfect way to begin the night.

Second to take the stage was Paper Diamonds and I have fallen in love with his catchy melodies and lyrics in tunes such as “We Gone” and “Can We Go Up?”. After Paper Diamond, The Glitch Mob took the stage to blow us all always with their gnarly drops and breakdowns. I personally have to suggest their remix of the White Stripes, “Seven Nation Army” due to the fact of seeing that song performed live and hearing twenty thousand people singing along was absolutely jaw dropping.

Once Bassnectar took the stage, the ambiance of the room was absolutely indescribable. Twenty thousand people came together to celebrate the beginning of a New Year and share their love with everyone around them. His entire set, which lasted over two hours, was mind blowing from start to finish.

The highlight of the entire set was the countdown to the new year where he mashed his two remixes of “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap and “Lights” by Ellie Goulding and he asked for everyone to hold up a lighter or a phone. The beauty of the room and ambiance was absolutely indescribable, breath taking, and still gives me chills to think about.

To look back on this event, I would say I ended 2015 and began 2016 in the most ideal way possible and I highly recommend this event to anyone who can manage to grab a ticket before they sell out in the blink of an eye once they become available. I will be attending this event annually as it is in my opinion the number one event to be at to celebrate any new year. I give this concert five tiger paws up.


Photo Courtesy of Shelby Weathers

Lorin Ashton, better known as Bassnectar, performing at his annual NYE360 event.