New York City’s Webster Hall held its final club night on Saturday (Aug. 5), headlined by none other than Skrillex. In fitting with the historic occasion, the superstar DJ/producer reportedly requested there be a guest list in the hundreds to ensure there was a full-on party happening on every square inch of the Grand Ballroom.
With the venue expected to close its doors for extensive renovation later this month, fans flocked early to claim a spot inside and enjoy the landmark’s palpable energy for its historic final spin. Billboard Dance takes you behind the scenes to recap the epic night.
10:18 p.m.: We arrive at the venue shortly after doors open and as expected, there is a line around the block. You can hear the rumbling of the bass inside the venue.
11:04 p.m.: Los Angeles-based duo Deux Twins are heating up the night with some bass-thudding hip-hop. The Grand Ballroom is quickly filling up — we’re probably at 75-80% capacity. There’s a bunch of ravers rocking OWSLA gear.
11:36 p.m.: While onstage attendees are typically industry members dressed in black and incessantly checking their phones, this crowd is different. Stage left is stepping up their game. The phones are being put away and the dance moves are coming out. The first droplet of forehead sweat has been felt. It’s going to be a long night.
11:58 p.m.: Ekali strolls onstage, rocking a denim jacket and jet black pants. One quick “mic check” test and he’s ready to go. The Deux Twins drop a fresh cover of Post Malone‘s “White Iverson” before Ekali takes the throne.
12:07 a.m.: Both the stage and floor are packed, yet somehow people are continuing to trickle into the venue. The humidity in the room is making it feel more like Florida than NYC.
12:45 a.m.: Ekali has turned Webster Hall into an undisputed, sweat-soaked dubstep rager. The room is overflowing with people to the point that it’s hard to identify where the ground floor ends and the stage begins.
12:56 a.m.: Webster Hall staff are wrangling the people onstage to create a path for Skrillex and his core team. Ekali closes his set with a remix of Skrillex and Diplo‘s “Mind”, hyping the fans up for the OWSLA boss.
1:02 a.m.: Skrillex comes on and the crowd, to no surprise, goes wild. He grabs the mic and tells everyone to take their pictures. The flashes are blinding. Moments later, he asks everyone to put their phones away so everyone can dive right into the music. For the most part, the crowd complies.
1:10 a.m.: A new level of energy has been unlocked. He drops JOYRYDE’s blood-pumping record “Hot Drum” and the crowd moves in sync to the bass house beat. Everyone is feeling fresh and ready to go hard.
1:18 a.m.: Skrillex plays out his new record, “Would You Ever” featuring Poo Bear, a nice breather from his heavy house and dubstep hitters. He then jumps on the table and the sound cuts out. However, the audio comes back in a few seconds later and we’re back in a groove.
2:40 a.m.: Skrillex just sent Sliink and Jas Davis into the crowd to start a mosh pit, and then, BOOM…a wild Boys Noize appears.
2:49 a.m.: Let the back-to-back begin! The Dog Blood super-group hits the ground running with “Next Order” from their debut EP back in 2012.
3:10 a.m.: Skrillex and Boys Noize drop another Dog Blood classic, “Chella Ride”. The Grand Ballroom can easily be classified as a sauna at this point. The green room windows are completely fogged up.
5:36 a.m.: The night is still going strong and Boys Noize just dropped his pounding 2010 record, “Yeah”. Everyone inhales a mighty second wind of energy and erupts with a cheering roar. I’ve never felt so tired and alive at the same time. Pure bliss. How are we still up?
6:45 a.m.: Webster Hall’s security staff cuts the music, after Webster Hall’s resident DJs had gone back-to-back for a hot minute. No night is complete without a family photo, though. It was a late night to say the least, but most definitely worth it.