Steve Angello & Size Records' #Decade Party - RC Cola Plant, Wynwood, Miami
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Steve Angello and Size Records' #Decade
RC Cola Plant, Wynwood, Miami
Thursday, March 27, 2012
Size Records is ten years old. And for its tin anniversary, former Swedish House Mafia member and label boss Steve Angello did what any dance music powerhouse might do -- throw a fuckin' rager in Miami.
But this just wasn't any silly party at some hotel or nightclub. Instead, Angello took over one of the city's most iconic landmarks, the long-abandoned RC Cola Plant, which is sort of Miami's answer to New York's now-gone 5 Pointz. It's a setting that you could see being regularly used for raves in a more anything-goes city like Berlin.
And while a bill that included Angello, Thomas Gold, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, AN21 & Max Vangeli, and more is nothing to scoff at, as a Miamian, I was excited to finally get inside this usually off-limits Wynwood locale.
Photo by Jose D. Duran
The layout of the plant is pretty simple, with the former factory sitting on the far east side of the compound and the vast open lot (where the massive stage and crowd area was situated) taking up the rest of the property. We imagine, at one point, this is where RC Cola trucks were parked and then filled with fizzy product for delivery.
Could this get any better? Yes! When we went to the bar and ordered a whiskey and Coke, we were served the only cola product available -- RC Cola! As you can tell, I'm a person who enjoys the simple things in life.
I arrived a little before 9 p.m. to catch Thomas Gold halfway through his set. And there was plenty to look at, including a massive LED panel setup that consumed one's entire field of vision. I can only describe it as Ultra-level quality. (Not surprising, since Ultra kind of had a hand in the #Decade party, billing it as a "Road to Ultra" event.)
Gold's energy was pretty much sending every raver in sight into a tizzy, and we really had no complaints -- until it happened. Why do DJs think its awesome to drop Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in the middle of a set? I just can't imagine that Kurt Cobain would be OK with it either. This was a man who hated the spotlight and he probably would've puked hearing the Nirvana anthem used as a tool to rev up the EDM masses.
Sorry to call Gold out, because he's definitely not the only offender.
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