Decadence NYE 2015: A Field Guide to the EDM Festival in Chandler

Jack Ü is scheduled to perform during the first night of Decadence NYE 2015 at Rawhide on Wednesday, December 30.
Jack Ü is scheduled to perform during the first night of Decadence NYE 2015 at Rawhide on Wednesday, December 30.
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So how did your 2015 go? Whatever your answer, we're guessing the past year was nowhere near as pimp as it was for the members of Jack Ü, the EDM superduo featuring Skrillex and Diplo. The artist formerly known as Sonny Moore, for instance, collaborated with everyone from Chance the Rapper and Dillon Francis to ultra-secretive producer Zhu, while Diplo helped craft one of 2015's biggest club hits (Major Lazer's "Lean On") and was cited by Billboard as the "most Shazamed artist" of the year.

And then there's everything they did with Jack Ü, including their high-profile collab with Justin Bieber ("Where Are Ü Now"), which scorched charts worldwide and earned the pair a Grammy nomination, not to mention the ire of Deadmau5.

Needless to say, Jack Ü had a great year, and the duo will cap things off when they headline Decadence NYE 2015, the two-night massive on Wednesday, December 30, and Thursday, December 31, at Rawhide in Chandler. It's arguably one of the Valley's biggest EDM events in recent memory — if for no other reason than its enormous lineup of blockbuster DJs and artists, including Knife Party, Above and Beyond, Borgore, Dieselboy, and ODESZA — and we've put together a handy guide with everything that attendees will need to know before attending.

Fans of Manufactured Superstars at last year's Decadence party.
Fans of Manufactured Superstars at last year's Decadence party.
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When and Where: Decadence will take place on Wednesday, December 30, and Thursday, December 31, at Rawhide, 5700 West North Loop Road in Chandler. Both nights kick off at 6 p.m. and go until 3 a.m.

Prices: If you'd like to party on the cheap, general admission is $79 for the first night of Decadence, $89 for the second. Ballers who'd rather live larger can spring for VIP tickets (which include express entry, a souvenir badge, access to an exclusive bar and viewing areas, and other perks) that are $129 to $139, depending on what evening you're attending. Two-night passes are also available and will run you $139 for general admission, $229 for the VIP treatment.

Age Limits: Anyone over 18 can attend, while those over 21 can drink.

Getting There: Rawhide is situated off of Interstate 10 near the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler, so your best bet is either driving yourself or carpooling with friends. No matter where you're coming from in the Valley, you'll want to get to the I-10 East and take Exit 162 for Wild Horse Pass Boulevard. Head west from there and follow the signs to Rawhide. Parking will be available, albeit for a certain cost.

Weather: Like pretty much every other evening this week, it will mighty cold during both nights that Decadence takes place as temperatures will get down into the low 30s. And even though the party is essentially an indoor even

Food and Drink: Several bars will be located throughout the event and a couple of food vendors will be on hand (including Freak Brothers Pizza).

Knife Party scheduled to perform during the first night of Decadence NYE 2015 at Rawhide on Thursday, December 31.EXPAND
Knife Party scheduled to perform during the first night of Decadence NYE 2015 at Rawhide on Thursday, December 31.
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Lineups: According to Decadence co-promoter Relentless Beats, more than 30 acts and DJs are scheduled to perform on either of two stages, one located inside Rawhide's Independence Hall with the other situated within an enormous arcadia tent attached to the venue that will add an extra 30,000 square feet of party space.

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The breakdown of who's playing when is as follows: December 30 will feature Jack Ü, Dieselboy, Pretty Lights, Grandtheft, Manufactured Superstars, ODESZA, Pegboard Nerds, 3LAU, Tchami, and Wiwek. December 31 will include Knife Party, Borgore, Adventure Club, Above & Beyond, Tommy Trash, Cosmic Gate, Crizzly, Gorgon City, Drezo, Billy Kenny, Landis Lapace, No Mana, and Rezz.

Bring: Your ID, for starters, as well as all the kandi you can fit on your arms, furry headwear or clothing to keep you both stylish and warm, any of those ultra-colorful and always-kooky festival totems that EDM kids dig these days, or whatever sort of glow or flow toys you need to get your groove on. Fanny packs are also okay, but admittedly look kinda dorky.

Don't Bring: Your drama or bad attitude, not to mention any illegal substances, eyedrops, outside food and drinks, or large bags. Also, forget about wearing a Native American headdress, since it's not only verboten but also a sign of utter douchebaggery. Oh, and ditch the pacifiers, since this isn't 1996.

After-Party: If you want to keep going hard, the annual Afterglow will take place at Rawhide following Decadence and will feature three rooms of DJs and EDM. The after-hours affair runs from 2 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Friday, January 1. Tickets are $20.

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