Published on July 27th, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin0
Global Dance Festival 2013 Recap
Every summer, Global Dance Festival takes over Red Rocks Ampitheater for a weekend, turning the landmark venue into the home of Colorado’s largest dance music festival. This year the producers went for a varied and extensive line-up that made for three very different evenings.
The Friday show was a carnivalesque evening of something that could be called gypsytronica. The music was predominantly downtempo, with lots of live instrumentation, pageantry, and theatricality. There was a burner feel to the fashion in the crowd with the appearance of loads of fedoras, leather and feathers in addition to the standard Global get-up of neon and furry boots. Every act on the main stage was headliner status, and each came out with big sets. Unassuming but sumptious, Emancipator‘s evocative set might have topped even the grand productions of Beats Antique and the other-worldly womp of Eoto in our eyes. Getting a varied perspective, super close to the dancers and then far enough away for the puppetry, was a key to enjoying Beats Antiques ambitious set of many varied theatrical numbers.
Saturday night was the core of Global, and is essentially what many might pigeon-hole the entire event as: a massive rave. That atmosphere is set by an evening of trance, techno and house. Plur signs and candy were everywhere and the lasers were on full blast for Savoy and Sander Van Doorn. There was big sound from Justin Martin of DirtyBirds and Berlin’s own Robag Wruhme. Over the top outfits with lights and neon ruled the evening.
Red Rocks was a Colorado hometown party come Sunday night as Boulder-based Griz and Pretty Lights family member Gramatik slayed individual sets as well as a dynamic Grizmatik set. Denver hometown heroes Sub.Mission Dubstep‘s stage was a hidden gem of dirty beats and deep bass all night up top. The jazzy and funky vibes of Griz and Gramatik were huge hits. Bangers came earlier in the night from Baauer and R.L. Grime, and from a close-out set of all new tunes from Mimosa. The visuals during that final set, by Videolicious, were the tightest all night, incredibly evocative and well-placed with the music.
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