Global Dance Festival 2012 tip sheet: The twenty must-see acts on the bill at this year's GDF

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Britt Chester

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This year's Global Dance Festival at Red Rocks will deliver over fifty acts -- all of which are at the top of their game right now -- spread out over three days. Since sorting through them all is a rather daunting task, we've done the heavy lifting for you. Below you'll find the twenty must-see acts, listed by time and organized by day. Pick your picks, and have fun. And if you don't already have your tickets, be sure to send us your best rage face for a chance to win a pair for all three days.


ProJect Aspect, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Global NRG Stage
On the strength of Time Capsule, his new album on the 1320 Records imprint, ProJect Aspect has been gaining more and more fans. This is the fastest rising producer coming out of Denver right now, and his appearance at Global should be memorable, as ProJect Aspect will be dropping some new music during his set. Fingers crossed for "Tina Turnon" off the latest album, which hits harder than a 'roided out linebacker during the playoffs.

Krewella, 9:30-10:30 p.m., Global Bass Stage
Krewella has been getting national airplay, and is finding itself in the spotlight rather quickly. The sexy vocalist duo is the hot thing right now, but don't take our word for it, get to the main stage and find out for yourself. They are killing it in the mainstream, so it will be nice to find out what the real, pure and knowledgeable Colorado fans of electronic music think.

Unlimited Gravity, 11:30-12:30 p.m., Global NRG Stage
You've probably already heard Unlimited Gravity (aka Ronnie Weberg). His remix of Awolnation's "Sail" is being used in Red Bull commercials all over the world, but that's barely the tip of the iceberg. His remixes are merely hors d'oeuvres compared to his original productions, which blow those happy-go-lucky remixes out of the water. Don't miss this set.

3LAU, 11:30-12:30 p.m., Global Bass Stage
If you missed this set at the Larimer Lounge a few months back, you blew it. Lucky for you, you have another chance to catch 3LAU (pronounce the "3" as a "b"), who has been making huge waves in the electro scene. His music fast, hard and you will be getting down in earnest like you're getting paid.

Knife Party, 11-12:30 p.m., GlobalDanceMusic.Com Stage
Headlining in a prime spot on the main stage at Red Rocks is huge, but starting an entire new side project right off the successful career of Pendulum is even bigger. Some say that all Knife Party does is make a noise and repeat it, but others, especially those who like to party hard and get down to loud bass music, love it. You won't want to miss this set because it will be a party.

Human Agency, 11:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m., Global NRG Stage
When this jam-a-tronic trio takes the stage, your body will know it. Mixing organic instruments with live synthesizers, Human Agency brings you the next evolution of music. While DJs are obviously the main attraction at GDF, this group's incorporation of live instrumentation will offer a nice contrast at this festival full of mixers and CDJ-2000s.

Felix Cartal, 12:30-2 a.m., Global Bass Stage
This is simple. Do you like to dance? Don't miss this set. Done.

Location Info


Red Rocks Amphitheatre

18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO

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hahahaha at steve angello, the guy is a hack and so are swedish "house" mafia. silent servant, morgan page, dave aude, danny marin and of course the shit show are the only acts worth seeing. for the most part the rest of the acts are electro house wobblestep mainstream bullshit.


This is one of the worst previews to a dance music festival I've ever read. Not only does this author give little or no insight into what you'll be hearing, but it seems to come from someone wholly uninformed about the subject. Saying Wolfgang Gartner is like Skrillex is almost a lie, as they produce fundamentally different styles of music (electro/electro house vs. dubstep). Also, no self respecting 'Must See' list could omit Steve Angello. He and A&B are without a doubt the two most legendary and influential acts at GDF. His Size label is stuff of legend, and Swedish House Mafia speaks for itself. Compounded with his superior skill behind the decks and an undeniable stage presence, there's a reason he's headlining. Please find someone who knows what they're talking about to cover dance music.


who is writing this stuff?!...."WG is like skrillex"??? 

Denver Love
Denver Love

How do you recommend Project Aspect and Unlimited Gravity, but not Unlimited Aspect?


One must-see missing from this listing is Silent Servant (filling in for Lucy) on Saturday night on the NRG Stage, 10-11:30pm.  The only true techno headliner on the whole lineup


Im sorry but Wolfgang Gartner is not like Skrillex at all.


Saturday night @9pm you can watch GDF live on AXS TV, formerly HDNET.  Channel 664.

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