The best EDM shows in Denver in December
DECADENCE NYE at COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER | 12/30-12/31
Just to tease a few of the artists: Bassnectar, Beats Antique, Keys and Krates, Tiesto, Dada Life, Pretty Lights, Odesza, Above & Beyond, Paul Basic and 12th Planet. Need we say more? Decadence landed in Denver as a result of Triad Dragons' consistency in delivering the best dance music to Colorado, and each year, they step up the game just a little bit more. This year, Decadence has expanded to two days, and with the lineup that's in store, it could have easily spread it out over three.
THURS | PRETTY LIGHTS at OGDEN THEATRE | 12/5/13
In advance of his highly anticipated New Year's Eve appearance at this year's Decadence, Derek Vincent Smith, the mastermind of Pretty Lights, is playing a rare performance at the Ogden Theatre, an appearance that is already sold out. The last time Smith performed at the venue, he was still an emerging act, and the show was part of an unprecedented five-day run that included shows at the Boulder Theater, Gothic Theatre and Aggie Theater. Smith, who's grown into an A-list EDM superstar, has come a long way since then, obviously.
FRI | HEROES AND VILLAINS at BETA NIGHTCLUB | 12/13/13
Trap music has been gaining popularity in the dance scene, and the Atlanta-based duo Heroes X (Daniel Disaster and Pete Heartless) isn't just sitting idly by in the shadows of trends. The Diplo-endorsed act is a speaker-blasting dance party that winds its way through dubstep, trap, house music and everything in between.
WED | SUB FOCUS at BETA NIGHTCLUB | 12/4/13
On the heels of his latest release, Torus, Sub Focus brings his melodic yet hard-hitting beats to Denver. Full of lovely vocals with a rat-a-tat spitfire of bass, Sub Focus covers a spectrum of emotion in his take on dance music. His latest release features vocals from Alex Clare, Alice Gold, and Kele, and moves beyond the realm of massive drops. Sub Focus brings a dance party that evokes the golden era of disco, but with a modern EDM touch.
FRI | PROTOHYPE at BETA NIGHTCLUB | 12/20/13
With a gaggle of features on cuts from some of the biggest names in dubstep and trap, Protohype knows how to send a club into a frenzy of slow churning swag. It's hard to play a set of just trap and expect a club like Beta to take it all in, which is why Protohype offers up a platter of drum and bass, trap and dubstep. Keep an ear out for the Paper Diamond/Protohype banger "Paperhype."