Global Dub Festival at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 5/18/12
Sub.mission held down the top stage area for most of the night, but ended up breaking down earlier than the main stage. The crowd was consistently minor, but given they were only using a small tent and some humble speakers, drawing a crowd would have been difficult. The true fans stayed at the top fully knowing what they were hearing, rather than flocking to the main stage to catch a glimpse of one of the headliners. Needless to say, on any given night in Denver you'll find any one of these guys playing in front of a couple hundred people, so we can call this training for the big leagues...or something like that.
Personal Bias: I'm still waiting for an epic headlining dubstep act to come out and actually play a long, full dubstep set that is not full of every song I already know. I wasn't anticipating this to be the best show of the summer by any means, but I was expecting greatness and some surprises.
By The Way: I spoke with a woman last week who had some hesitations and drawbacks about taking her thirteen year old son to the show. Her name is Michele, and by random chance, I happened to be standing right next to her during Datsik's set. Not only is Michele the coolest mom I have ever met who is actually embracing her son's interests rather than blindingly denying them, her son Robbie is the luckiest guy in the world. I am by no means telling anyone how to parent their kids -- let's be honest, I still eat Top Ramen in my mid twenties -- but Michele is doing it right by being responsible and open to new things. Kudos to open-minded parents.
Random Detail: As big of a deal as lighting is, the production for this show was sub-par at best. Simple flat LED panels and some go-go platforms. Not the production that the talent warranted.
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