Photos: The great disappearing shirt crisis of Global Dance Festival 2014

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Aaron Thackeray
Global Dance Festival -- by some metrics the largest EDM festival in the region -- brought a typically powerhouse lineup of bass purveyors to Red Rocks over the weekend. Over three days, thousands of fans flocked to the park for sets by the likes of Adventure Club, Zedd and Waka Flocka Flame (GDF has recently been experimenting with new genres). By all accounts, it was a solid progression for a music festival a decade-plus in existence.

But we regret to inform you that tragedy dampened the otherwise-upbeat mood on the event's first night. Suddenly, without warning, huge numbers of attendees found their shirts shrinking and even disappearing. Some tried to make do with makeshift replacements -- the effect seemed lessened for costumes and reflective materials. Veteran photographer Aaron Thackeary did not flinch, and we are able to bring you this report from Backbeat's reporters, supplemented by his photographs. A word of caution: This account contains images that may be upsetting to some of our readers, particularly the parents of teenage girls and office managers seeing this over the shoulders of their employees.

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Aaron Thackeray
7:00 p.m. MST: There has been some shrinkage. We remain in high spirits. A stranger offers us candy and we accept, because we are highly susceptible to peer pressure.

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Aaron Thackeray
7:20 p.m. MST: Suspicions are beginning to mount. The mysterious power has torn holes through a woman's shirt. She and a friend are trying to build a force field from a plastic hoop. We wish them luck and move on.

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Aaron Thackeray
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Brandon Marshall
7:40 p.m. MST: We witness an attack firsthand. Helplessly, we watch as a festival patron is thrown against a nearby SUV. Her shirt will never survive.

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23 comments
veritasmagnum
veritasmagnum

We need more articles about strong women who are in leadership positions and can run marathons and kick ass at a board meeting, not little skanky hoes. 

Alan Webb
Alan Webb

Warning Westword disappoints again with an article that sucks!

sballardo672
sballardo672

Girls kissing girls is no longer shocking or entertaining; but rather, attention whoring. 

Natalie Ouzts
Natalie Ouzts

HAHAHA this is too funny!!!!! Gentry and Justin

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

Misleading article. I thought there would be tits. Warning: there are no tits. No need to read any further.

Chris Faessen
Chris Faessen

The thread wouldnt be complete without the douchey mines dude in his $200 head dress. Someone please take him back to coachella and never let him leave.

Ryan McGrath
Ryan McGrath

If you take your shirt off at a festival and you're a guy. It probably means you're hot. Dumb bitch.

Liv DeJordan
Liv DeJordan

i feel as though this was an article mostly directed at girls when it should be directed at guys. if you take your shirt off at a festival, youre a douche.

Gogeous C. Brown
Gogeous C. Brown

Shirts are really just towels with sleeves, meant to cover nipples while in stuffy businesses like gas stations and grocery stores.

Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones

It's like a metal show except with shitty music.

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

EDM boobies....Molly milk.

John Dresser
John Dresser

That was a dumb article and I will never get my 3 minutes back

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