Roughly 4,000 attendees are getting ready to do the D.A.N.C.E. at the Armory Drill Court this New Year's Eve, as the 40,000-square-foot space is preparing to host French electronic-duo Justice for the venue's first official concert following the April approval of its entertainment permit. This marks a long-anticipated opening night for Audrey Joseph, the Director of Events for the Armory, as a planned October electronic music festival in the space was postponed due to concerns that the venue's sound system wasn't ready.
That no longer appears to be a concern. "Well over three million dollars have gone into the renovation of the former Armory Drill Court," reads a press release announcing the December 31 show, "which now boasts an 80-foot domed ceiling, a 40,000 sq. ft. floating maple dance floor, state-of-the-art d&b Audiotechnik sound system, and a massive supergrid truss system for staging stadium-quality light and sound shows like Justice."
(Video of the supergrid's installation is embedded at the bottom of this post.)
The Drill Court has been used as an events space in the past for shows like Hell in the Armory and a big Chemical Brothers show last year, but the plan to turn it into a music venue drew opposition from neighbors who feared rowdy crowds and sound bleed. Joseph clearly believes she has addressed those concerns, as, according to the release, "The Armory has also invested heavily in sound attenuation on all doors and windows, and other methods of preventing the noise from high decibel stage shows from affecting the surrounding neighborhood."
Tickets for the New Year's Eve show cost $69.50, and event producers say it's already close to sold out. “These are the shows I love to produce,” explained Joseph. “Energetic shows with stunning visuals that bring in a young, diverse crowd. The Armory is an incredible venue, and I love when we can show off what we can do here.”