With Global Dance Festival just a day away, it’s becoming more and more difficult to create a cohesive, fool-proof plan to follow throughout the weekend’s festivities. With over 50 artists performing over 3 stages, there is a seemingly endless combination of schedules to create and make the most of in your time at GDF. We have gone ahead and provided 10 must-see acts for your time at the festival, along with a few honorable mentions in case the decisions become too tough. Enjoy our list below and let us know who else we should add in the comments!
Kygo (7:15 - 8:15)
What better way to kick off Global Dance Festival than with a summery, laid-back set by the Norwegian sensation Kygo? This up-and-coming producer has seen tremendous playtime in recent months thanks to the monstrous feedback on his tropical remixes of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” and Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire.” With news of his first original track near completion, we will undoubtedly be catching a fresh glimpse of his latest work at his performance this coming weekend.
Bro Safari (8:15 - 9:15)
Bro Safari’s prolific solo career as a trap and moombahton producer has projected him into the spotlight of dance music today, although we feel his true talents lie in the neuro/drum n’ bass side project he works in called Evol Intent, whose members also include Treasure Fingers and Computer Club. Lately, the Atlanta-based producer/dj has been spending quite a lot of time with his heavier side project, as seen with the recent release of “Under The Radar.” There’s little telling where Bro Safari will be taking his set at Red Rocks Amphitheater this weekend, but no matter where he goes, we will certainly follow.
Kastle (12 - 1AM)
Few artists today have demonstrated such a unique grasp of R&B, garage, house, and future bass than Kastle. Founder of Symbols Records, Kastle has released a variety of chart-topping releases such as his original “Stay Forever” and remix of Cassie’s “Me & U.” Currently touring the country for his Summer/Fall tour, the dreamy, sensual vibes found within Kastle’s discography will have an incredible presence within the magnificent landscape of Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Alvin Risk (8:15 - 9:15)
To put it simply, an Alvin Risk show is like a Skrillex show, just without the dense crowd. However, what makes this OWSLA producer so complicated is his vast amount of insane dubstep, moombahton and house tracks he has produced over the years. If you’re looking for a high-energy, in-your-face kind of set, then Alvin is the guy for you. He hasn’t released much new material since his JunkFood EP and his “Try It Out” mixes with Skrillex last year, but we know he’s been hard at work on some great new material.
KDrew (9 - 10)
Whether he’s producing official remixes for Zedd and Lady Gaga, or creating bone crushing originals such as “Bullseye” and “Last Train To Paradise,” Kevin Drew aka KDrew is one of EDM’s most talented producers. His ability to sing, song-write, produce, and dj has elevated him above his peers, and his impeccable discography shows the true diversity of his sound. With a new EP currently in the works, expect an arsenal of new material that is both catchy and driving.
Destroid (12 - 1AM)
Comprised of heavy-bass icons Excision, Downlink, and KJ Sawka, Destroid has been destroying venues left and right with their unprecedented stage setups and mind-throttling bass frequencies. Utilizing modified live instruments and face-melting visuals, the trio provides a plethora of dubstep, drum n’ bass, and drumstep tunes with a “no-holds-barred” approach. Destroid will be a nitro-fueled party from start to finish, and a show not to miss at this year’s Global Dance Festival.
Fury (6 - 7)
DJ Fury has been a drum n’ bass icon for nearly two decades, and has performed at countless festivals around the world including most recently EDC Las Vegas and Electric Forest. Based out of Denver, Colorado, the “King of Jungle” brings an incredible experience to each set, most popularly demonstrated by his 176-and-counting mix series. As an Insomniac and Bassrush resident, this veteran dj continuously provides a raging performance for all who attend, and will provide an energizing opening set for Global's final day of performances.
Tchami (7:30 - 8:30)
Since releasing his remix of Disclosure’s “You Know You Like It,” the French extraordinaire Tchami has been a topic of conversation across the globe. The priest-gown-rocking house producer/dj has lead a unique movement in house music today, blending the sounds of deep house, jacking house, and festival house into an irresistible medley of four-on-the-floor bass rhythms. If his upcoming performance at Global is anything like his set at Spring Awakening, you can expect an entire crowd of jumping house fanatics dancing to the music.
Madeon (8:30 - 9:30)
French house prodigy Madeon first hit the blogosphere with his viral mashup video of “Pop Culture” in 2011 at the mere age of 16. Almost exactly 3 years later, the established act maintains a remarkable discography including original productions for the likes of Ellie Goulding, Lady Gaga, Two Door Cinema Club, and Coldplay, along with featured remixes for The Killers, Yelle, Pendulum, and Deadmau5. Set for his first performance at Red Rocks this Sunday, Madeon will undoubtedly bring a funky, soul-filled event to help close the weekend.
Zedd (10:30 - 12AM)
What better way to end Global Dance Festival than with a performance by Grammy-winning artist Zedd? The 24-year-old producer, song-writer, and dj has amassed a colossal following thanks to his countless chart-topping originals and remixes, including the double platinum selling hits “Stay The Night” and “Clarity.” His most recent works with Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant on “Find You” and collaboration with Ariana Grande “Break Free” have seen incredible success thus far in 2014, and his renowned live performances will certainly close out the festival with a bang.
Honorable Mentions include Louis Futon, Odesza, Oliver Heldens, Savant, and Waka Flocka (why not?).
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