Not having experienced a decent amount of techno live, I was unsure as to what I could expect from going to Hyte Park NYC on Sunday. The only two names I had ever even heard of were Chris Liebing and Nicole Moudaber, so I was a little worried, being a huge Trance head and all, that I would not enjoy myself. I can safely say that I have never been more wrong in my entire life. I arrived at Governors Beach Club around 5:20, right when Pan Pot was getting ready to take the stage for his set. The crowd had great energy, and I got the feeling that even if I wasn't in love with the music, I was going to have an amazing time.
Pan Pot took the stage at around 5:30 PM, and as soon as that first kick hit, I was zoned. Providing us with a truly special combination of dark, filthy, German techno, and a little tech house, Pan Pot absolutely started the night off with a bang. They set the tone for what would eventually become a night of PURE filth and darkness. The crowd was definitely out in full force, dancing their hearts out from the start till the end of Pan Pot's set, as Nicole Moudaber took the stage. Feeding off of the energy that ended Pan Pot's set, Nicole came out in full force, starting off with a bang, exciting and intriguing the crowd even more. Unfortunately, the sound cut off in the middle of her set, so I decided to venture away from the mainstage to the second tent. The trippy lights, and grooving beats added a nice variety to all the dark techno we were experiencing at mainstage. I came back to the mainstage toward the end of Nicole's set, and mentally prepared myself for what was about to happen to me.
After Nicole, the vibe took a turn for the dark and dirty as Chris Liebing came on stage. The lights got dark, and almost immediately I understood why everyone kept warning me about Liebing. This was one of THE filthiest, darkest, and banging techno sets I have ever heard in my entire life. I danced so hard that my feet actually hurt by the end of his set. Almost all the attendees returned to the mainstage to see Liebing throw down, and he took us VERY far down the rabbit hole. As his set progressed, it got darker and darker, faster and faster, heavier and heavier. I am almost positive he worked up to well over 140 bpm by the end of his set. I was in awe at how good of a DJ he was, and how unbelievable the music he played was. His set was only an hour and a half, but I felt like I blinked and it was over. After Liebing's set I returned to the second tent to try and relax and rest from the beating I took from Liebing.
All in all, Hyte Park Sunday was TRULY remarkable and amazing. I can safely say that I fell in love with hard, dark, German Techno from hearing Liebing's set. The vibes were perfect, and the crowd was amazing and mature. I am sad to say that it flew by too fast. I am curious as to those who went, what you thought of Hyte? Did you have fun? Who's set was your favorite? Let us know!