The sun has finally set, and the insatiable kickdrums & rhythmic bass fill the Citrus Hall of the NOS Events Center, late home to the famous Insomniac Massives: Beyond Wonderland, Escape from Wonderland and Nocturnal Festival. But tonight is not a massive. Tonight is not a fluffy, rainbow and cupcake infused festival where unicorns prance freely among the big-room house beats and pretty vocal riffs. Tonight is about the darker, louder, harder styles of EDM culture. Tonight is about the big beat, the reverse bassline - tonight is about Hardstyle.
The talent line-up is superior, from the legendary to the rookies. Isaac and D-Block & S-Te-Fan have a surprise for the crowd, collaborating live for their newest release, "Alive." Alex Kidd gives everyone a money-shot to the face with his subground vibes, and Adrenalize is about to rip the hearts out of the fans and deliver an extraordinary closing set. The laser and lighting production? Spot on. The sound? Phenomenal. The crowd? Wild.
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Many have voiced that Q-Dance is where hardstyle should stay, that Basscon is a rip-off poser-festival for newbies and rage-ready kids who only want the party. Hardstyle should stay at the Shrine. Well friends, this simply isn't true. Basscon proved that you don't need a bachelor's degree in hardstyle legends, an i-Tunes library dedicated to 150 BPM or a record of hardstyle-centered festivals; you don't need a 30-foot skull, or a closing ceremony. All you need is one stage, one sound. The new kids to hardstyle are here to stay. The hardstyle veterans and granddaddy shufflers knew no difference. Acceptance, Respect, Love and Unity were the pillars of the night. The music is what Basscon was about, and why it will continue through the years. To understand it, you have to put yourself there. Here are 10 photos to recap the most magical moments of the night. Welcome to Basscon: