This weekend some the world’s best DJs descended upon Red Rocks Amphitheater for three days of music, dancing, and good times to celebrate the ten year anniversary of Global Dance Festival. The promoter, Triad Dragons, transformed the venue into a three stage extravaganza highlighted with visual art installations, off stage entertainers, and vendors offering some of Colorado’s premier clothing and dance gear. We were given exclusive access to cover the event with us documenting the event through pictures and film, the photo galleries are attached below.
The festival started with a bang on Friday evening as everyone finished up their work week and made the drive up I-70 to the Morrison exit. The parking lots were packed as usual with the bass of pre game partying echoing throughout the valley. The hype was real and for good reason, so many artists were making their Red Rocks debut this weekend. Friday featured the best in electro and electro house as acts like Hardwell, Krewella, Felix Cartal, tore up the stages around the historic park. Everybody on Friday had come for one reason, the Knife Party. The buzz was in the air hours before they took the stage as no one in the crowd had ever seen them live. When they took the sage however, it was nothing but a huge disappointed. The sound was terrible, the mixing was not up to par, and they couldn’t get the fans into it. We left with a large crowd and caught a very entertaining set by 3LAU. Steve Angello closed out the night with a huge SHM inspired set that had us all high on the drive back to Denver.
Saturday brought an interesting batch of artists to the decks headlined by the mega group Above and Beyond. The Group Therapy came to Red Rocks and sold out the place! Not to be overlooked was an incredible performance by one of my favorites, Wolfgang Gartner. Gartner dropped all of his classics with such precision and perfection, he truly is a master. Morgan Page also had a memorable performance, also playing at Beta Nightclub as a surprise guest for the fans that could not make it up to the moemnts that night.
The bass invasion occurred on Sunday helping to close out a phenomenal weekend. With the party starting early as Figure took the stage at 7pm. From there it was non stop base as we ran from stage to stage catching Adventure Club, Dillon Francis, Kill the Noise, 12th Planet, and an amazing set from Crizzly. That was all just practive for what was to come. A Colorado favorite, Zeds Dead, brought Omar Linx with them as they tore down the mainstage for over an hour and a half. The final show of the weekend was owned by Excision. Bringing the X factor is what he does best as he sent everyone home with grins on their face and legs feeling of jelly.
Overall, it was great festival full of amazing people. Red Rocks truly is the premier venue in the United States and we urge everyone to check it out if you still have never gone. Here is what the festival had to say after the event was over…
As the cars start to file out the parking lots and the equipment is packed up, we are once again reminded of why we continue to throw dance music events in Colorado. The community you have created through your love and enthusiasm for dance music is truly inspiring and holds a very special place in our hearts. This was personified when we came together for a moment of silence each night of the festival to respect the tragedy that happened in Colorado this week.The 10th anniversary of Global Dance Festival was an emblem of the past decade of hard work, dedication, and endless support from all of you, Thank You.