Global Dance Festival 2012 @ Red Rocks
(By Brandy Cordova) Three days. Three stages. 30+ DJ’s. All within the confines of Colorado’s beautiful and famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. With great weather in the mix, an awesome line-up, good peeps, and three days of dancing, the weekend was definitely one to go down in the electronica books.
The 2012 Global Dance Festival marked the 10th anniversary of three days of the world’s best electronica. This years line-up included acts such as Turner & Heit, Krewella, Felix Cartal, Hardwell, Knife Party, Steve Angello, Silent Servant, EC Twins, Nadia Ali, Morgan Page, Wolfgang Gartner, Above & Beyond, Kill the Noise, Rednek, Adventure Club, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead with Omar Linx, Excision, and many, many more.
The main stage, Global Dance Festival Stage (Sub.Mission Stage on the third night), was the place to be for eye-popping and jaw dropping lasers, lights, screens and backdrops. It by far exceeded the size of the other two stages put together. No matter if you were up in the first few rows, or the last row of the amphitheater, the sights were amazing. The Global Bass Stage at the very top of the stairs played host to some amazing drum and bass DJ’s. The local talent on the NRG Stage showed what Colorado has to offer and why we are a top area for electronic music.
Day 1: Friday, July 20, 2012
Friday night saw the kickoff of the 10th anniversary of Global Dance Fest. Unfortunately, it was not as busy as I thought it would have been. I was expecting a lot more people there. There was a good turnout, but nothing compared to Saturday night’s sold out show.
What truly was amazing opening night, (which followed through to both nights after), was the 8:30 PM silence in observance of the victims and their families of the Aurora movie theater shootings that occurred the night before. To hear the silence, see and feel the crowd come together during a time of sorrow, was beautiful. I had goose bumps, and am getting goose bumps now as I write this.
Day 2: Saturday, July 21, 2012
Saturday night was not only a sold out show, but by far the best of the three. With a packed house, and an incredible line-up amongst the stages, it was hard to decided how long of each set to watch in order to catch part of each set from each stage! Nadia Ali had an exceptional performance. What a voice she has. Morgan Page, Wolfgang Gartner and of course Above & Beyond all threw down as well.
I felt that the Bass Stage had some of the best drum and bass DJ’s! I definitely got my dance on! Even the local talent on the NRG Stage was amazing! By far that stage saw the most crowds Saturday night than any of the other nights.
Day 3: Sunday, July 22, 2012
The last night of the three day festival closed out with one of the heaviest DJ’s I have come across: Excision. I last saw Excision perform at the Ogden Theatre this last February and was left speechless, teeth chattering, and holding my stomach in hopes I did not throw up from the intensity that is Excision! I was bracing myself before his set, wondering if the decibel level would be as extreme as it was at the Ogden. Fortunately, the openness of Red Rocks allowed some of the sound to expel outwards and not inwards to my guts and teeth!
Kill the Noise killed it on the Bass Stage, along with the other seven DJ’s. The NRG Stage showcased some more of Colorado’s talent. By the end of the night, I was Globaled out!
After three days of running up and down the stairs of Red Rocks, 192 was what I read on their screen, not to mention dancing and a slight hangover for the final day, I was beat! I give props to everyone who manages to attend and survive all three days. Even one day is a workout. All in all, the 10th anniversary of Global Dance Festival was a success. Thank you to Triad Dragons and Global Dance for brining together the top electronica artists to our lovely backyard that is Red Rocks!
Pics by The Camurai himself Stu Kennedy of SKFunphotos.com and Nick Cecchi.