Global Dance Festival presented an impressively diverse lineup last year that brought legends deadmau5 and Tiësto to the center of Denver, Colorado, alongside a variety of strong DJs, some live bands and hip-hop artists. The 17th installment of Global focuses back to a more standard EDM lineup of heavy bass and dubstep, uplifting melodic electronic, a bit of techno, trance, and drum and bass, and a satisfying array of house music artists. More than 50 acts will play across five stages July 19th and 20th at the Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
Headliners Diplo and Excision b2b Illenium don’t excite me; the cult-like obsession around Illenium is a confounding phenomenon, but perhaps this heavy team-up will bring out a doper side of the artist who sold out three nights of upcoming Red Rocks shows. The enigmatic ZHU always adds a refreshing deep sound among more easily classifiable DJs at fests, while Galantis and Kaskade will bring the feel-good electronic melodies. Electro-house prince Chris Lake consistently creates totally on-point, livewire parties, and Keys N Krates, Black Tiger Sex Machine and Herobust shall deliver a solid dose of build-ups and bass drops.
The sharp zips of Chase & Status‘ jungle drum and bass supplies a welcome variation from the other electronic genres on display, and the freeform space bass of Space Jesus will unite all manner of bassheads under one laser-prepared bomb of wicked wubs. I’ll personally be spending a lot of time at the Amazon Stage, which will feature house legacy producer Green Velvet, French hip-hop house sensation Shiba San and the ghetto tech house of Destructo. Anjuna trance from Eli & Fur, the Detroit house and techno of Golf Clap‘s Country Club Disco sound, South Africa’s Chris Lake-equivalent Kyle Watson, and Sacha Robotti‘s funky bass house will also keep this stage bumping and bouncing.
This will be the third year of Global Dance Festival at Broncos Stadium (previously taking place at Red Rocks), so hopefully they implement additional fans and misters this time to combat the sweaty summer heat more effectively. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 15 at noon MST, ranging from $69 to $139 for single-day tickets and $99 to $239 for two-day passes. Pre-parties and after parties will take place at Denver venues throughout the week of Global too. Check out the full lineup below!
*Featured image via globaldancefestival.com*