The ten best EDM shows in Denver in August
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HARD RED ROCKS @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 8/1/13
In its first year at Red Rocks, HARD Fest brings a boombastic explosion of the biggest names in bass and trap music. Festival founder and curator, Gary Richards, performing under his veteran moniker Destructo, kicks off a stellar bill that includes the snare-loving Flosstradamus, Disclosure, who dropped one of the hottest albums of the year, Diplo, who needs no introduction, and Knife Party, who blasts so hard, the rocks could come tumbling down.
PRETTY LIGHTS @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 8/16-8/17
On the heels of dropping A Color Map of the Sun, Pretty Lights' latest album, Derek Vincent Smith returns home for a pair of now annual shows at Red Rocks, the most breathtaking venue on the planet. Each night's bill features a stellar supporting cast, including Talib Kweli and Blue Sky Black Death, due on the first night, and the spectral talent of various members of the Pretty Lights Music label, showcasing on the second night.
SBTRKT @ BETA NIGHTCLUB | 8/9/13
SBTRKT brings a DJ set to Beta, which is pretty much just as fun as the live show, and you can bet there will be masks-a-plenty. Given that SBTRKT is all about masking identity to avoid the fame and recognition, it's difficult to imagine just how someone can create something so beautiful and not want to claim the fame for it. The music is worldly with solid drums, and could easily soundtrack a swanky lounge, or in this case, a big room club with a dance floor full of sweating dancers. Bring a date for this one fellas, because it's a pull-em-close kind of dance party, and you don't want to be alone when "Wildfire" gets dropped.
ARISE MUSIC FESTIVAL @ SUNRISE RANCE | 8/14-8/18
This four-day festival in Loveland features all sorts of acts, but two of the most exciting for EDM fans are Michal Menert and Random Rab, who are creating more ripples across the scene than some of the biggest acts going right now.