To put it simply, Global Dance Festival 2014 was an absolute success. From its opening sets on Friday to its final moments on Sunday, attendees from all around the country gathered at the wondrous Red Rocks Amphitheater for an incredible weekend of groovy house vibes, heavy dubstep rhythms, and everything else in between. With over 50 performances throughout the weekend, we could hardly keep track of all of the amazing talent that was present at this year's event. Now that we've had some time to settle down and review the weekend, we've pulled together five of our favorite performances from the weekend. Who was your favorite performer this year?
Please note that these acts are in no particular order!
We could not have expected a better performance from Bro Safari and his partner MC Sharpness this past weekend. His seemingly effortless mixing between trap, dubstep, dancehall, and moombahton had the entire EDM.com Amphitheater bouncing throughout his entire set. MC Sharpness, the cunning and energized emcee for the night, provided an exhilirating addition to Bro Safari's heavy bass frequencies, directing the crowd with finesse and a party-driven attitude. Notable tracks from Bro Safari's performance include Zomboy's "Survivors," Milo & Otis' Remix of "The Dealer," and his own collaboration with UFO! & Beauty Brain called "No Control."
The talented duo hit the NRG stage with style and flair on Saturday night, armed with a medley of live instruments and MIDI equipment at their disposal. No matter where you were coming from or where you were headed to that evening, Odesza's enthralling atmosphere and chill vibes magnetized an epic crowd of swayers and rockers for the entire duration of their set. Whether they were tossing out impromptu solos on their keyboards or dropping the sticks on an array of percussive and drum sounds, Odesza's multifarious live performance was undoubtedly one of the best sets of the weekend.
The Parisian-sensation Tchami certainly keep the energy flowing on Sunday afternoon, as he smoothly slid into position after Oliver Helden's bounce-filled performance at the mainstage. Continuing the deep house and festival vibes of his preceding act, Tchami unfurled a heavy dose of deep house, house & bass, breakbeat, and all around jackin' rhythms for the growing crowd of mainstage attendees. Playing hits such as "Shot Caller," Skrillex's "Fuck That," and Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo's "Rudeboy," house fans of all kind were feeling the deep sub-bass melodies and bouncing drum patterns of the cassock-doning dj.
DJ Sliink, widely regarded as the "King of Jersey Club," made an all-too-needed performance at Global Dance Festival this year. His urban, East Coast-born sound drove 5-on-the-floor rhythms and elbow-jocking trap beats deep into the ears and souls of the post-Savant crowd. His flawless mixing and matching of countless jersey club gems captivated the crowd through and through, playing hit remixes of Three Six Mafia's "Stay High" and his edit of Trey Songz' "Na Na." We hope to see DJ Sliink return to Colorado soon for yet another powerful performance.
For those of you who happened to catch KDrew's performance at Global Dance Festival, it goes without saying that he delivered one of the hardest-hitting performances of the weekend. From beginning to end, the skilled dj dropped everything from booming festival house anthems to destructive dubstep classics, and there wasn't a single idle soul in his sea of bass-loving fans. What also made this performance so memorable was an exclusive listen to KDrew's VIP of "Last Train To Paradise," which not only blew us away but had the crowd jumping screaming with excitement as well.