It’s that time of year again, when the tension leading up to one of the most anticipated summer festivals is finally released and we gather together to celebrate the amazing dance music scene that Colorado boasts.
Yesterday’s festivities will always be remembered as a monumental Red Rocks debut for some, and an epic return for others. I was one of the first people in the venue yesterday, arriving about 20 minutes before the music started on the main stage and I could hear bass pumping from the upper level, so I anxiously began my hike up the seemingly never ending stairs to find DJ Fink getting the amps warmed up with some pretty sweet progressive electro-house. As the venue began to fill, the Lift DJs, a DJ duo based out of Denver (and one of the CO winners of the EDC Vegas discovery project), took the Global Bass stage. Their set was about 50% original tunes and 50% complextro bangers. I also must mention that their selection of other people’s music was a primo selection at that. Being upstairs already, I made my way down to the Global NRG stage to catch Papa Skunk. As expected the bass was comin’ in hot and Dan was giving those speakers a proper work out with some awesome original glitch/dnb/hip hop sort of fusion stuff.
Taking the Global Dance Music stage for the second year in a row was James Egbert, an up and coming, CO based, superstar. He played a killer set of original music and had the forming crowd jumping up and down with excitement for the majority of the hour.
One of the most anticipated Coloroado debut acts of the year was the Chicago based electro trio KREWELLA, the mere sight of the group getting ready to take the stage made the crowd go wild with screams, and camera phones in the air. The rage KREW came out blasting with their hit song ‘Play Hard’ and literally made the crowd wet because massive amounts of water bottles went flying with the crowd’s excitement to finally see them live. The entire hour was non stop jumping, head banging, and skanking as they followed that up with the rest of their new EP, their hit song ‘Killin It,’ and some super high energy reworks and edits from artists like Skrillex and Calvin Harris. An eclectic and flawless mix of electro, progressive house, dubstep, and moombahton is what made this the performance of the year and is why Krewella is pushing the envelope and taking EDM to another level of non conformity.
Knife Party, the new club music electro-dubstep project spawned from Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen of Pendulum, was everything I expected and some. Their original tracks plus personalized edits and remixes of all your favorite dubstep & dance hits are what set them aside from the rest.
Finally, Steve Angello blew everyone away as he came out with the latest from Swedish House Mafia ‘Greyhound.’ You could tell he was paying very close attention to the every little reaction from the crowd as he seemlessly transitioned from one anthem to the next. Hardly taking any time to look down at the DJ equipment, he gracefully closed out the night on the Global Dance main stage. His set was made complete, of course, with cryogenics, confetti cannons, and an awesome visual set on the multiple LED walls behind and to the sides of him.
Conclusion: Can’t wait to see what’s to come tonight and tomorrow because the performances from last night were incredible.
Complaints: I was pretty disappointed by the main stage sound system. It didn’t have that super punchy, super clean, crispness that you would normally expect at Red Rocks. Not sure if it just wasn’t dialed in right, or if the equipment itself was lacking but especially for Knife Party, the mid range and hi end seemed pretty distorted and muddy. Also, I realized when Knife Party played the song “Destroy Them With Lazers,” there were no lasers this year… What’s up with that Global?
All photos by Joel Meaders Photography.
P.S. We will also be posting a bunch of photos of all of you on the site Sunday & Monday, so stay tuned!
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