The Global Dance Festival 2014 lineup: Grading the first twelve artists
Global Dance Festival, the recipient of "Best Dance Party of the Summer" in our Best Of Denver issue, has just announced the first acts that will be playing the event. Phase one of any lineup announcement is always the appetizer, and what better way to tease than by announcing some of the biggest acts in multiple EDM sub-genres? We ranked the first phase of artists on a scale of "kandi" and "horns." Kandi represents the trance/house factor, and horns represent the rage factor.
Danielle Lirette Fans at last year's Global Dance Fest
Destroid is the collaboration of Excision, Downlink, and Pendulum's drummer, KJ Sawka. That lineup alone is ridiculous. The triple-threat super group is doing some pretty interesting stuff with production. You'll notice each of them playing guitar looking apparatuses, but those are actually midi controllers, similar to what you'd find next to some CDJs on the stage. Destroid is not for the trance-deep house crew; it's going to be wild.
Zedd's "Clarity" pretty much made him the hottest thing on the EDM scene for the past two years, and his momentum has remained intact because he consistently creates lovely tracks with beautiful vocalists that are radio friendly. Recently teaming up with Bud Light has put Zedd on a whole new level of stardom, but he can still rock a party out and have everyone staring longingly into the sky in hopes finding true love at a rave. And look, he can play drums!
Adventure Club makes regular stops in Colorado, so seeing them on the lineup isn't much of a surprise. Regardless, they know how to get the show going, and the outfit's music is pretty rad. It's got some solid builds, and then those smokey vocals come in, and wham! you've got a dance party.