December 10th, 2012
Saturday December 8th Floorbangers put on the 7th annual Frostbite at the National Western Complex. With 5 total stages and over 60 DJs it was quite the production. We went behind the scenes to bring you the full story from set up to tear down.
Starting Friday morning at 11AM set up began. We spent all day Friday loading speakers, lights, and stage pieces into the Complex. It was hard work involving lots of heavy lifting. After finishing for the day at 9PM, we were back at 9AM Saturday to continue. All day Saturday we hung lights, wired speakers, painted props, and finalized stage set ups. We worked on two of the side stages, Ice Breakers and Snow Bass, but there were tons of other people working on the other three. It was a mad scramble toward the end, but it all managed to come together in the nick of time. After set up was complete Prime changed gears and worked security all night at the Ice Breakers stage.
Vals House and Siri and VIP passes and wondered around the event throughout the night checking out all the different stages and music styles. There were tons of people there, probably over 2,000 attended. There were definitely high points and OK points to the night. The overall vibe from the crowed was awesome, everyone seemed like they were having a great time regardless of what stage they were at. People were dancing everywhere with very few taking advantage of the seating by the main stage.
Unfortunately Basshunter had visa issues so he was unable to play, this just led to longer sets by all of the other DJs playing at the Frostbite Arena. Although people trickled in until about 8:30 or so around 9 everyone started to show up. Trajikk and AudioX were killing it on the main stage at this point and the crowd was really feeling their energy. Over the course of the night we saw Trajikk all over the place helping the event staff out where ever he could. DJ Micro kept stopping the music, leaving fans disappointed in his set. Afterwards Cazzette and Noisecontrollers more than made up for the lack of music though with their hard hitting sets. After pausing momentarily to fix something Cazzette dived right into a set filled with their unique Dub House style. Finishing off the night in the Frostbite Arena was Dutch Hard Style duo Noisecontrollers. Hard Style may not be very big in the Denver scene right now but Noisecontrollers’ awesome set may change some minds!
At all 4 side stages Denver locals rocked out throughout the night as well. The Snow Bass stage was the place to be for Dubstep with Jrush & Darksku and Dubwood set up an awesome projector on the side of the stage that featured cool visuals throughout the night. Hard Storm featured genre bending duo Beckley and Krootz while Blizzard offered some trance with John Corey and DJ Snipez. Over at Ice Breakers there was a rematch between Lexi Fey and Lee Harris from the promoters’ battle (it ended in another tie) with Robo and Strike closing it down. All the Denver locals threw down awesome beats, even if some of them got a little too into it and “red zoned”, distorting the sounds for a bit.
Amazing lasers, CO2 cannons, giant balloons, inflatable decorations, sexy Go Go dancers, performers, and confetti snow just added to the great production value of the music. After seeing what goes on behind the scenes we are even more appreciative of what goes into the shows we love. We want to give a shout out to all the people that made Frostbite awesome: security guards, light guys, sounds guys, organizers, and volunteers. Without you there would be no shows! Remember next time you go out somewhere to thank someone that’s there for what they do J