New Year’s Eve is undoubtedly the most popular night for live music. Cities across the globe compete with one another to book the best talent the music industry has to offer in the race for “the best bash of the year”. Canada’s live nation and Blue Print events decided to avoid that mess and chose to throw a pre-new year’s festival, ensuring they would get their crowd a jaw dropping lineup of all shapes and sizes. This past weekend we were fortunate enough to cross borders and experience what Vancouver BC had to offer at Contact Winter Festival 2015. The 2-night-stand hailed at the BC Place, where the opening ceremony to the 2010 Winter Olympics was held. Legends and rookies such as Hardwell, Above & Beyond, NGHTMRE, Oliver Heldens, and Jauz took the decks to serenade the crowd making it an unforgettable weekend. For a stadium setting, Contact had more than enough room to work with in building their main stage, but it was their side stage they had to worry about. Blue Print was left with no other option but to place a stage in the circular hallway around the stadium which was narrow and packed at times. Unfortunately for those with only Day 1 passes, the #FVDED stage or side stage had little to no speakers for all of the acts on the first day, making it difficult to hear the eclectic sounds of artists like jai wolf, Tchami, and Bakermat.. After an uproar of disappointment on social media, Contact brought in almost twice as many speakers as the night before, making Slander, NGHTMRE, and Snails‘ sets unforgettable. Artist Highlights: Bakermat: Due to technical problems, his sound wasn’t as loud as the crowd would have liked, however he still threw down some deep Dutch-influenced house that got everyone groovin’. At one point in his set he brought up his saxophonist which made the entire crowd slowly sway from left to right in awe. Everyone was thoroughly impressed that Contact was able to bring DJ’s from far and wide with their own unique sounds. DJ SNAKE: After an unfortunate car accident in late October causing both DJ snake and Tchami to cancel their upcoming tour dates for over a month, we were extremely excited to see that both were heading up to Canada for the weekend. DJ Snake dropped tunes from his pop hit “Lean On” to dirty trap and bass music. As a mainstage act, it was refreshing to see an artist that didn’t just play big room house. Overall, Contact 2015 was anything but ordinary; this was a festival in the heart of a lively city where an array of bars, nightclubs, and hotels were just a few minutes away from the venue. The music was scheduled to stop at midnight, but the party lasted all night long. Live Nation and Blueprint did an amazing job putting on a festival of this caliber, but an even better job at avoiding the competition to book artists for New Year’s Eve. They brought a lineup that no New Year’s festival could ever re-create. We’ll see you next year!