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The Cityfox Odyssey: NYE & NYD 2019 | Photo via Chris Lavado

The Cityfox Odyssey | New York’s Techno New Year’s Eve!

by Rayson Diaz

There were many New Year’s Eve parties in New York City, but none matched the line up or length compared to Cityfox Odyssey! The 27-hour marathon was every techno fan’s New Year’s Eve dream party, with 6 stages hosting headliners such as Tale of Us, Jamie Jones, Adriatique, Honey Dijon, Art Department, and Lee Burridge. A stellar after-hours line up kept the party going with names like Brian Cid and Atish.

The Cityfox Odyssey: NYE 2019 | Photo via Julian Cassady - Alive Coverage
The Cityfox Odyssey: NYE & NYD 2019 | Photo via Julian Cassady – Alive Coverage

I got to the venue at 5:15 am New Year’s Day and immediately headed to the Terminal stage.  It was the first stage to close for the day and Lee Burridge has been on my bucket list for quite some time. Lee’s set had a tropical feel to it, and though it was scheduled to end at 6 am, fans were gifted with an extra 45 minutes. He was really enjoying himself behind the decks and the fan interaction made the crowd that much more vibrant.

The Cityfox Odyssey: NYE 2019 | Photo via Mike Poselski - Off Brand Project
The Cityfox Odyssey: NYE & NYD 2019 | Photo via Mike P

While wandering the venue it gave me the opportunity see what made the promoters of Cityfox different from the rest of the NYE parties.  The ambient lounge and Gunita’s tavern were both unique for different reasons. The ambient lounge was a place for resting, catching a cocktail, and what really made it interesting was the DJ spun while sitting on a couch talking to everyone while mixing. Though unusual, it went with the relaxed vibes the promoters were going for.  Gunita’s tavern was a small crowded room, almost hidden up a random staircase which gave it those secret house party vibes.

The Cityfox Odyssey: NYE 2019 | Photo: Prolo Photo
The Cityfox Odyssey: NYE & NYD 2019 | Photo via Prolo

After wandering around a bit, I came across the Vortex, which was my favorite stage!  Now if you went to Ezoo or MysterylandUSA in 2015, this wooden house was known as the Spiegeltent and Sunday School (Techno stage).  Walking inside was such a nostalgic feeling and the crowd felt it too. Atish closed the stage down with two-plus hours of pure banging techno beats. By 9:45 am it was time to head home for a disco nap and head back later in the afternoon.  Re-entry for the event was a major bonus if you wanted to rest and experience after-hours.

The Cityfox Odyssey: NYE & NYD 2019 | Photo: Stephen Bondio
The Cityfox Odyssey: NYE & NYD 2019 | Photo via Stephen Bondio

Arriving back to the venue around 5:15 pm, Brian Cid was in control of the decks, playing booming beats for a late afternoon crowd. His set ranged from music off his new album Meteorite Man, to more familiar tunes, and his 3+ hour set was one of the highlights of my Cityfox experience. Ending his set around 8:30 pm, Adriatique came back on for their special closing set.  Overall, Adriatique played a well-rounded set with tunes like Armed by Eric Prydz and heavy melodic techno. Playing heavier tunes to the very last hour, Adriatique delivered the perfect closing set this amazing 27-hour party deserved.

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