Relive the magical return of the Global Dance Festival to Denver [Recap + Photo Gallery]

Last weekend, the Global Dance Festival resurfaced in Colorado in spectacular fashion. It was a magical weekend full of energy, flawless production and fans clearly ready to dance.

Based at the Progressive Arts Center in Denver, Colorado, the two-day festival took place July 23-24, hosting tens of thousands of fans, four stages, more than 57 artists, art installations, and more.

As people from across the country arrived in Denver, Global Dance kicked off the weekend with a stellar lineup of pre-parties, including a huge one at Temple Nightclub headlined by SNBRN, which then threw itself that it was flanked by the staggering LED panels that stretch to a nearly 100 foot wall.

The SNBRN performs at Temple Nightclub for a Global Dance Festival pre-party.

Day 1

The festival wasted no time getting started. With such a stacked lineup, the energy went from zero to 100 upon entering the festival grounds.

Throughout the day, attendees roamed freely around Empower Field at Mile High Stadium, checking out the large structures that permeate the field. At night, these huge metal behemoths came to life, spitting fire into the air. These art installations and sculptures, like a towering 50-foot dragonfly, helped cultivate a magical setting in Wonderland.

In addition to these art installations, patrons could ride a Ferris wheel, which towered over the festival site, or jump on a number of other engaging rides. There has never been a shortage of things to do or sights to see.

Electric Polar Bears, Gabriel & Dresden, Tritonal, and Tchami, among others, kept things alive on the Summit stage, all of whom brought incredible energy to their sets. Dion Timmer, Sullivan King, Riot Ten and fan-favorite Decadon (who played a set with Brondo) were among the other artists who delivered terrific performances. Other stars include Option4, Player Dave, John Summit, Dom Dolla, Claude VonStroke, Luzcid, Hotto, Mersiv and Eli & Fur.

As the sun fell, peeking through a smoky horizon and above the towering Rocky Mountains, ILLENIUM, Said The Sky and Dabin took to the stage to deliver a jaw-dropping monumental collaborative set. Powerful bass emanated from the stage as a tsunami of melodic bass crashed down on the audience. The titans of electronic music pushed and carried the crowd, shaking it with emotion and energy. ILLENIUM played many songs from their new album fallen embers, including an unreleased remix with Virtual Riot of “Blame Myself”.

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Said The Sky, ILLENIUM and Dabin perform at Global Dance Festival 2021.

Meanwhile, on the Northern Lights stage, Doctor P and Funtcase were busy delivering one of the dirtiest sets of the weekend. Melodic highs and punchy lows permeated the set before dubstep heavyweight Zomboy took the stage to take the crowd on an equally rowdy journey.

Eventually, Kaskade graced the stage for a performance full of the melodic house and haunting selections you’ve come to expect from the dance music icon. There really is nothing quite like the sound of a large-scale crowd singing in unison, and hearing it sends shivers down the spine. Kaskade’s set ended with a massive display of fireworks, lighting up the night sky and sending energy through the roof.

Day 2

The Northern Lights stage kept the melodic bass front going all day, kicking things off with a great performance from Colorado natives, Last Heroes. Decadon followed with an immaculate set of head-banging rock and bass music hybrids, at one point asking the crowd to split up in the middle, which led to an unbridled moshpit. Getter, 4B and more played next, delivering their own powerful and unique sets.

On the Amazon and Tundra stages, we saw Born Dirty, Sacha Robotti, Green Velvet, Of The Trees, Spencer Brown and Claptone, among others. Meanwhile, on the summit stage, we saw incredible performances from electronic musk powerhouses Carnage and Deorro.

Deorro performs on the Summit stage of the Global Dance Festival 2021.

Deorro performs on the Summit stage of the Global Dance Festival 2021.

As the sun began to set, it was time for industry legend Tiesto. He came out blazing, playing his single “The Business,” which the crowd knew all too well. Despite some audio technical difficulties, he continued to unleash a soaring set that concluded with another magnificent fireworks display.

On the Northern Lights stage, Gryffin’s distinct sound overwhelmed the crowd with a wave of soulful melodic music, the perfect energy to close out the evening on this stage.

Back on the summit stage, the crowd gathered as they prepared for the final set of the night with none other than dubstep superstar Excision. Thundering bass and melodic highs weaved together in crushing bangers, pushing decibels of bass through the system in a memorable finale.

Excision performs the last song of the Global Dance Festival 2021 with fireworks.

Excision performs the last song of the Global Dance Festival 2021 with fireworks.

After the festival ended, to celebrate a colossally successful weekend, several more after-hours shows took place. Deorro took the stage at Reelworks, while Temple Nightclub hosted Green Velvet, Claptone played Vinyl, Yhetti went B2B with Of The Trees at Cervantes Ballroom, while Smoakland and Kyral X Banko played across Cervantes, and Option4 played at Larimer Salon.

Global Dance was a magical weekend full of great music, beautiful people and world class production. The 2022 iteration of the festival will no doubt not be missed.

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