The 11th annual Global Dance Festival hit Red Rocks Amphitheater July 19-21, 2013. It was three nights with three stages, and dozens of incredible artists. This year Global Dance switched up the game plan a bit to add a slight different sound to the usual mix for opening night.
Friday night’s kick-off included Beats Antique, EOTO, Emancipator, Ott, and Signal Path on the main stage, whose sound is not the norm for Global Dance shows. This added a lighter flair to the dance mix, which catered more to people who have or may attend the annual Sonic Bloom festival in Georgetown, Colorado.
Conspirator, Papadosio, Zoogma, Sorne, and Bass Physics put down their beats, different vibes and flare on the top plaza stage. It was a different feel to the opening night of Global Dance, but all the acts and performers did well. The crowd definitely had older members than any of the other nights. It was nice also not to have to run up and down to check out three stages, as the first night only had two.
The line up for Saturday’s main stage included Savoy, Sander van Doorn, Arty, Emma Hewitt, Ecotek, Dragon & Jontron, Triad Dragons, Joman, JQA, Turner & Heit and Elijah Live. It was the first night that all three stages had performers, all either starting at the same time or over-lapping just enough to hop from one stage to the next for the first few songs of each set. The top plaza stage Saturday night, the NRG Stage, included Carnage, Candyland, K Theory, J Flash, Aviva, Vinnie Maniscalco, Treyy G, K-Mac, The Digital Connection, Ksmash vs Fidget Factory.
The third stage, the Afterhours Anonymous Stage, which was located downstairs from the Red Rocks Visitor Center, was the break out of Afterhours Anonymous having a stage at Global Dance. The main performer, Robag Wruhme, had a delayed flight that left him arriving on stage about 45 minutes late. Justin Martin who was on stage before Wruhme, extended his set time to roughly three hours. I do have to stay, even with multiple disappearances of Mr. Martin from behind his gear to use the restroom, that he held the Afterhours Anonymous audience. At one point, there were more people at the Afterhours Anonymous Stage and main stage than there were at the NRG Stage. I have to say hands-down, that Afterhours Anonymous did a great job at picking a good line-up. Preceding Robag Wruhme and Justin Martin was Justin Sloe of Droog, Nutmeg and Oona Dahl.
I think that all EDM goers alike had Sunday to look forward to with a special performance by Grizmatik; a Griz and Gramatik electronic combo. Though they put on a good show, I do have to say I felt a better vibe from Gramatik alone than when paired up with Griz. Griz put on a good show as well as Baauer & RL Grime, Cookie Monsta, Kill Paris and Ishe & Fury. The top plaza stage, the Global Bass Stage, included Savages, Jim E Stack, Ryan Hemsworth, Craze, Green Lantern, Seven Lions, Sound Remedy, Bass Crooks and Jleet. Hands down, Seven Lions brought it, and brought it good. This was the first time seeing him live, and I was impressed.
The third stage, the Sub. Mission Stage, included, Caustik, Subliminal, Lotus Drops, Shank Aaron, Coult-45 and Curlyone. The feel of the third stage on the third night was no where near where it was the night before.
All in all, I have to say that the 11th annual Global Dance Festival was a hit. I commend Afterhours Anonymous for their line-up and good family vibe. I commend Global Dance for changing up the mix for opening night and bringing a different feel to the festival. And I commend all the performers, stage hands, security, fans, party-goers, and of course Mother Nature for providing us with the best venue ever to hold the biggest electronic dance festival, year after year.
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