2012 was the year the world was supposed to end. Alright no one ACTUALLY believed that was going to happen and thankfully it didn't because instead the world got to celebrate the start to a new year. So here in San Francisco I kicked off 2013 at "Sea of Dreams", presented by AnonEvents & SunsetSF Promotions.
New Years is always a little hectic. There's a lot of pressure to make sure you have a good time, are wearing the right outfit and are in the perfect mood when "the ball drops". Honestly it can be a lot of pressure, starting with which party you choose to go to, but as soon as I heard about Sea of Dreams and saw the line up I was sold. Plus it didn't hurt that I have friends who help throw this party and had friends who were attending it.
Hosted at the concourse exhibition center this large venue becomes a one stop shop for an evening of fun. With four stages there were several performances to choose from at any given moment, not to mention a tea lounge, booths with assorted paraphernalia for shopping, face painting and an art show.
But first of all- the music was awesome. To name a few: the gypsy punk rock band Gogol Bordello put on a raucous performance (which I got to see from the VIP section! woot woot!), the electronic music pioneer Shpongle teamed up with the performance art troupe Quixotic for a masquerade exhibition, The Glitch Mob played an exclusive DJ set blending bass, hip hop back beat and dance music, and the Danish producer and multi-instrumentalist Trentmoller also played an exclusive DJ set that I was especially excited about and that totally lived up to his renowned electronic music acclaim.
Other performances by local DJ's like MoPo and Syd Gris, the ever fun DJ Pumpkin from LA, SF's own big band the Realistic Orchestra and more, meant that finding good music wasn't an issue- it was having to choose between too many good options.
On top of all that, were performances by the many acrobats, aerial artists, dancers and circus artists of San Francisco's locally thriving dance and circus subcultures: CisQularious! and Vau de Vire Society.
With so much to offer it would be hard not to have an amazing time at this new years party. In the FAQ's section of their website they state that you don't HAVE to wear a costume but that you're probably going to WANT to, because only half the entertainment happens on stage. Most people took this to heart (myself included ;) ) and the result was a sea of attendees decked out in different attire from you're typical cocktail numbers.
Everything combined, the event was truly a Sea of Dreams that carried my happily dancing into the new year.