Our experience at Night Two of Pier of Fear & trying out DUBS Acoustic Filters!!

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NOV. 4, 2014

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This past weekend was New York City’s 3rd annual Halloween Music Festival, Pier of Fear held at Pier 94 in Midtown. We Own The Nite attended Night Two to see the Protocol Recordings Reboot with Nicky Romero, Dirty South, Don Diablo, John Dahlback, Ansolo, Arno Cost and Elephante!! 

Pier of Fear is New York’s biggest Halloween festival and was especially special this year because 1. for the first day of Pier of Fear, the lineup was stacked to the brim, combining the original lineup with Adventure Club, Borgeous and Cazzette with everyone who was supposed to be playing BOO! (which got cancelled), including Knife Party, DJ Snake, Tommy Trash, Tchami, Milo & Otis and Craze and2. The Pier teamed up with Blood Manor, designers of the famous haunted houses to create a spooky 5,000 square ft. walk through for show goers to freak themselves out while they’re not raving.

The 3rd special thing about Pier of Fear this year was that Night Two, was also the night Daylight Savings came to a close, which meant an extra hour of sleep for non EDM peeps, but an extra hour of dancing to everyone at the Pier, and even better, an extra hour of Nicky Romero who played during the time change!!

At Pier of Fear there were a variety of costumes, from Mario and Luigi to girls dressed like Emoji’s, but the most common were the Nicky Romero fans all with “Toulouse” masks on from his hit music video. And when he got on stage, especially when he played the song that was responsible for the start of his career all the way back in 2012, the energy in the room was insane. Photos of Nicky playing:

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More from Night Two:

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The event ended with a banging closing set played by NYC native Ansel Elgort, better known as Ansolo by the screaming girls who know him outside of the music world as Augustus Waters and Caleb Prior from his TWO box office topping movies this year, The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent. Ansolo ended the awesome night and Halloween weekend showing everyone at Pier 94 just how talented he is not only in acting, but on the turntables, as well.

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While at Pier of Fear, we also got to try out DUBS Acoustic Filters, which are reusable protective ear plugs that I found to be great and even necessary. I decided to try them out because I have well experienced the struggle of losing hearing after a show or festival, scared every time that I may have permanently damage my ears. So I took the earplugs out of the little carrying case it’s sold in (which is pretty convenient, as shown below)

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…and I stuck the ear bud styled Acoustic Filters firmly into my ears, which was good because I usually have a problem with just finding headphones to fit my oddly shaped ears, and later researched they are actually “designed to fit most ages 16 and up.” My only problem was the same I have with ear bud headphones, they are slightly uncomfortable to wear. On the other hand there probably aren’t that many options for ear plug shapes since they have to stand alone stuck in your ear for long periods of time, plus the uncomfortable feeling can be easily swayed with the distraction of the music. So I started listening to John Dahlback’s set and I’ll honestly say DUBS are designed impressively well because I heard every tune he played, even as far from the stage, lost in the back of the crowd where I was. The sound wasn’t muffled like many often complain about ordinary ear plugs, and pretty much felt as if you could turn the volume down on your ears just as easy as you can a television. 

More About DUBS Acoustic Filters:

-They’re made of “high strength plastics, stainless steel, polymer foams and silicone”, designed to be worn again and again.

-DUBS are unlike normal earplugs, because they do not block out sound and instead were developed by professional acoustic engineers with the goal to create a product that enables people to listen to things that are usually dangerous to ears, safely and clearly. According to their website, “DUBS feature a 12 decibel Noise Reduction Rating.” They are designed with layers of filters to translate sound at just the right volume. See a breakdown of the mechanics below:

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-In addition to the functional use, they are also fashionable, and come in 4 different colors: teal, white, blue and pink:

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-If you want to try out a way to save your ears from the constant stress put on them everyday, the fashionable earplugs go for around $25, sold online here as well as in store at Best Buy.

Ansolo & Nicky Romero showing off their DUBS Acoustic Filters:

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Me in my DUBS Acoustic Filters:

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Hope you all had an amazing Halloween like we did!!

Photo Credits go to all of Pier of Fear’s and DUBS Acoustic Filter’s amazing photographers

Claudia Manganiello

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