“GalaxSea was out of this world! Thievery Corporation was as thrilled to return as we were to have them. We’d hung out with Rob Garza at Hookdome at Burning Man earlier that year, and so our relationship was more like a family thing by now. We also loved the gypsy stylings of Balkan Beat Box and Beats Antique, who were gearing up for world tours, but popped in for special appearances and to make our new year’s countdown one to remember complete with a giant grandfather clock that a flock of penguins hacked apart at midnight!
We brought Lucent Dossier Experience with Dream Rockwell up from the City of Angels who’d rocked our first Sea of Dreams LA. Their unique vision, aerial choreography, and circus staging spellbound us all once again, while The Do Lab created a huge main stage sculpture that was like an upside Rubix Cube.
Opulent Temple hosted the floor with Elite Force, Meat Katie and Dex Staker; Mad man, Gaudi showed us a wild time with his non- digital antics; Afrolicious and the Pleasure Makers took us on a magical trip around the globe; and the gypsy jigs of Djiin added their unique celtic touch.
Hookadome continued developing a sultry style of ambiance, making the mezzanine a world of its own for their second year.”
“There were so many things that I loved about this year that it’s hard to summarize. First off, I am a huge Balkan and Gypsy music fan so getting Balkan Beat Box AND Beats Antique plus Govinda, Gaudi and Djin in the house on the same night was a tremendous coup. This was the first of Beats two NYE countdown performances and at the time ,this was the biggest show they had ever played. They put so much time, energy and love into their countdown, from props, to costumes, to choreography and really just stole the whole show. The other thing I loved about this show as the Opulent Temple stage, where we had a truly spectacular lineup of uptempo dance music. Elite Force, Meat Katie, Syd, and Icon all played tremendously.”
~ Robbie Kowal, CEO, Sunset-SF