Last weekend, the Global Dance Festival in Colorado reappeared in a spectacular way. It was a magical weekend full of energy, impeccable production and fans ready to dance.
Located in the Progressive Arts Center of Denver, Colorado, the two-day festival took place on July 23rd and 24th and hosted tens of thousands of fans, four stages, over 57 artists, art installations and more.
As people arrived in Denver from across the country, Global Dance opened the weekend with a stellar selection of pre-parties, including a huge one at Temple Nightclub, led by SNBRN, tossing itself down as it flanked the venue's amazing LED panels that was stretching up a nearly 100-foot wall.
The festival wasted no time getting things going. With such a stacked line-up, the energy went from zero to 100 when you entered the festival area.
Throughout the day, the participants walked freely around the Empower Field in the Mile High Stadium, examining the large structures that pervade the site. At night these handsome metallic giants came to life and spat fire into the air. These art installations and sculptures, like a giant 15 meter high dragonfly, helped create a magical wonderland setting.
In addition to these art installations, patrons could ride a ferris wheel that overlooked the festival grounds or jump on a number of other interesting rides. There was never a shortage of things to do or see.
On the Summit Stage, among other things, Electric Polar Bears, Gabriel & Dresden, Tritonal and Tchami for incredible energy. Dion Timmer, Sullivan King, Riot Ten and fan favorite Decadon (who put on a set with Brondo) were among other artists who did great performances. Other outstanding personalities are Option4, Player Dave, John Summit, Dom Dolla, Claude VonStroke, Luzcid, Yotto, Mersiv and Eli & Fur.
As the sun set and peered through a smoke-filled horizon and over the towering Rocky Mountains, ILLENIUM, Said The Sky and Dabin took the stage to deliver a stunning, monumental communal set. Powerful bass rang out from the scene while a tsunami of melodic bass rained down on the audience. The titans of electronic music pushed and pulled the crowd, rocking it with emotion and energy. ILLENIUM played many songs from his new album Fallen Embers, including an unreleased remix with Virtual Riot of "Blame Myself".
Meanwhile, Doctor P and Funtcase were busy delivering one of the dirtiest sets of the weekend on the Northern Lights Stage. Melodic highs and head-banging lows pervaded the set before dubstep heavyweight Zomboy took the stage to take the crowd on a similarly noisy journey.
Finally, Kaskade decked the stage for a performance full of melodic house and intriguing selections that you would expect from the dance music icon. There really is nothing quite like the sound of a large crowd singing in unison and to hear it gives a shudder. Kaskade's set ended with huge fireworks that lit up the night sky and sent the energy through the roof.
The Northern Lights stage held the melodic bass front all day and opened things up with an outstanding performance from the Colorado-based Last Heroes. Decadon followed with a flawless set of head banging rock and bass music hybrids that at some point prompted the crowd to split in half, resulting in an unbridled mosh pit. Getters, 4B and more than performed and offer their own powerful and uniquely distinguishable sets.
On the stages of Amazon and Tundra we saw Born Dirty, Sacha Robotti, Green Velvet, Of The Trees, Spencer Brown and Claptone, among others. Meanwhile we saw incredible performances by the electronic music powerhouses Carnage and Deorro on the Summit Stage.
When the sun went down, it was time for industry legend Tiesto. He came out red-hot and played his hit single "The Business," which the audience knew all too well. Despite some audio engineering difficulties, he dropped a soaring set that ended with another great fireworks display.
Over on the Northern Lights stage, Gryffin's distinctive sound washed the crowd with a wave of emotional melodic music, the perfect energy to end the night on this stage.
Back on the Summit Stage, the crowd gathered as they prepared for the final set of the night from none other than dubstep superstar Excision. Thundering bass and melodic highs interwoven into cracking bangs and drove decibels of bass through the system in a memorable finale.
After the festival ended, to celebrate a colossally successful weekend, several more after-hour shows took place. Deorro took the stage at Reelworks while Temple Nightclub performed at Green Velvet, Claptone played on vinyl, Yhetti played B2B with Of The Trees at the Cervantes Ballroom, while Smoakland and Kyral X Banko played on the other side of Cervantes and Option4 played at Larimer. occurred salon.
Global Dance was a magical weekend full of great music, wonderful people and world class productions. The iteration of the 2022 festival will no doubt be a must.
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