Colorado’s biggest summertime dance music event is back with a bang as Global Dance Festival (GDF) hosts perhaps its biggest lineup to date at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO, July 17-19. Last summer’s GDF boasted names like Adventure Club, Zedd and Madeon, but GlobalDanceEvents.com and AEG have stacked the lineup again, welcoming a plethora of DJs who will offer up a variety of genres and sounds. From King of EDM, Tiesto, to dance music legends Benny Benassi and Above & Beyond, to up and coming producers like Mako and Slow Magic, this year’s Global Dance Festival is sure to be one for the books.
The organizers of GDF have done a great job of spreading out sets between the three stages this year, but there will still be tough decisions that will need to be made about whom to see. Be sure not to miss…
Day 1: July 17
A Colorado crowd favorite, Seven Lions is no rookie to GDF. Having played the festival previously and Denver’s Skylab last fall, the American producer is sure to put on the set of a lifetime for his return to Colorado. Seven Lions possesses a plethora of original music to play, but also effortlessly spins any number of genres into his sets. After a hugely popular set at Electric Daisy Carnival’s Cosmic Meadow just a month ago, Seven Lions is not to be missed. I guarantee his set will keep you enthralled while you experience a range of emotions in the best way possible.
Flosstradamus, made up of Chicago DJs J2K and Autobot, is at the top of its game right now. A figurehead of the EDM subgenre trap, Flosstradamus has collaborated with and remixed some of the biggest names in music. David Guetta even attributed adding more hip-hop and trap to his sets to seeing Flosstradamus at Coachella this year. The French producer said of Floss, “I went to see Flosstradamus and let me tell you, I was blown away. People were losing their minds, I mean, wow.” Since Coachella, the duo has played a number of high profile events and venues, including EDC Las Vegas last month. Their set is sure to be high energy and full of the dirtiest, grimiest trap out there.
Above & Beyond
What is there to say about Above & Beyond except that they’re legends? The producing trio has been in the dance scene for more than a decade and continues to put out fresh tracks that speak to the dance music-lover’s soul. In the last year, Above & Beyond has released dance anthems like “We’re All We Need,” “Blue Sky Action” and “Sticky Fingers.” Add those to classics like “Sun and Moon” and “Thing Called Love,” and you have a true raver’s fantasy set. I saw A&B for the first time at EDC a month ago and it’s true when people say, “you have to see them live to really get Above & Beyond.”
Day 2: July 18
Made up of Juilliard-trained composer Alex Seaver and DJ Logan Light (Billboard.com), Mako gets my vote for best “up and coming” act in EDM right now. I put “up and coming” in quotes because the duo have been in the scene since 2011, but are finally starting to get the recognition they deserve. Their recent release with vocalist Madison Beer, “Won’t Let You Walk Away” is the epitome of a feel good, hands in the air, PLUR anthem and has made it’s way up the charts. With a clear sense of musicality and a tendency towards uplifting and fun sets, Mako is bound to be a great time.
Claiming to be “everybody’s imaginary friend,” Slow Magic is a force of its own. The mysterious DJ, who plays behind colorful masks, produces a sound all his own that will at times lull you into a trance-like state and then bring you back into the moment in a rush of beats and strange sounds. I assure you, you have not seen a set like Slow Magic’s yet and it would be a shame to miss out on the mystery that is EDM’s “imaginary friend.”
At first known as one of the best mash up DJs out there, Justin Blau has come into his own as a producer. A Las Vegas native, Blau has played some of the biggest festivals and venues in the world and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in EDM. Coming off of his first European tour with plenty of new music to share, Blau will put on a high energy, dance till you drop set.
Kaskade returns to Denver after headlining night two of Colorado’s biggest dance music NYE party, Decadence, on December 31st, 2014. One of the most loved producers in EDM, Kaskade always puts on big sets full of original music. Kaskade’s newest song, “Disarm You” feat. Ilsey, which he previewed at EDC last month, was met with much success – Just another hit to add to his extensive repertoire. Kaskade will surely be the perfect closer for night two of GDF 2015.
Day 3: July 19
Having been in the business for 20-plus years, Benny Benassi has experienced all aspects the dance music scene. Benassi is known best for his pump up anthem “Satisfaction,” which has been in heavy rotation for over a decade. Despite the age of one of his biggest hits, the Italian producer shows no signs of stopping as he continues to tour the world and put out hugely popular singles. His latest release with Marc Benjamin, “Who I Am” feat. Christian Burns, premiered on July 16th and is already being met with great reviews.
Who better to close this year’s Global Dance Festival than Tiesto? I said it in my post about EDC and I’ll say it again, I haven’t always loved Tiesto, but his EDC Las Vegas set was FIRE. Tiesto so clearly has his finger on the pulse of what’s hot and happening in dance music right now and knows how to pull all of those sounds together into the perfect mix of fun, hype, dancey, craziness. If you take nothing else from this preview, take this: DO NOT MISS OUT ON TIESTO AT RED ROCKS!
Honorable mentions: Really, you can’t go wrong at Global this year, but here are my votes for the other acts you should try to see pieces of: Night 1 – Ecotek and Milo & Otis, Night 2 – Datsik, Night 3 – Manufactured Superstars and Kill the Noise
For more information on Global Dance Festival 2015, visit: http://globaldancefestival.com/CO/
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