It’s been a week since Colorado’s biggest music event - Global Dance Festival which took place at Sports Authority Field at Mile High from July 20th - July 21st for its sixteenth installment. Not knowing what to expect and completely new to Denver, Global Dance Festival blew away all expectations. Having to the opportunity to cover many music events such as Tomorrowland, Ultra, and EDC - Global Dance Festival will forever hold a special place in the heart and a memory that will last a lifetime.

 Photo credit:  APIS Photography

Photo credit: APIS Photography

The layout of the festival was easy and convenient to navigate, over the course of the two-day event. Surrounded by attractions such as carnival rides, games, food trucks, go-go dancers and performers, and art installations, plus Silent Disco. Giving off the same effect like EDC however, keeping the Colorado vibes and own style. The festival had four stages - Tundra Stage, Amazon Stage, North Lights Stage, Summit Stage and Crystal Castle for silent disco - each craftily created by placing the artists at his or her designated location.

 Photo credit:  Jay Bird Photography

Photo credit: Jay Bird Photography

The festival was completely organized, entering the festival was simple and properly placed separately from GA and VIP. The GA lines were located near Crystal Castle silent disco while VIP entrance was located near the Tundra stage. VIP attendees were greeted with warm and loving vibes as the lucky festivalgoers entered into Global VIP Village. The spectacular VIP Global Village decorated with seating areas, art installations, supreme photo hotspots, including a private bar. The best part about being VIP is the prime viewing areas at each stage, especially at the Summit stage where VIP holders can be upfront and in the action. Giving all the reasons why VIP is always the way to go, media/press were able to go to Global Village and viewing spots which truly sculpted the experience to be an even greater one.

 Photo credit:  APIS Photography

Photo credit: APIS Photography

Day one started off strong and full of wonderful vibes, especially when running into one of my favorite festival friends making the experience even more memorable because we shared memories that will be cherished. Moments like these is one of the reasons why I fell in love with music festivals it truly is incredible how in one moment you will meet the people that will be in my life forever. When first walking into the VIP Global Village, completely blown away from the decorations and layout of the festival. Through the music and chaos, I hear someone calling out my name, ultimately stunned by seeing Jason Adamchak and Katie Chapman sitting in bean-bag chairs having at me. After discovering one another it was from that moment on that we will be festie-besties for life, we were all on the same page on seeing the same artists - forming our own Global family.  

 Photo credit: Badastronaut Photography

Photo credit: Badastronaut Photography

Day one consist of an array of talented artists who traveled from all parts of the world with a huge diversity in dance music. Though it was it hot as hell outside the musical performances were even hotter. Celebrating sixteen years of fun, good vibes, friendship and music, this years lineup was too good not to miss. Starting off with some sweet sounds from UK artist, TroyBoi at the Summit stage - playing popular tracks such as iii, Hooper, MyBoi, and Afterhours. Heading over to the Amazon stage for one of the top acts in house music is MK. Make ways over to the Tundra stage to see Blackgummy, Breathe Carolina, and Arty perform. Each artist giving excellent performances. Tundra stage had a VIP viewing area on the right side of the stage.

 Photo credit:  Badastronaut Photography

Closing out the Summit stage for day one was none other than multi-talented artist Deadmau5. The stage was packed but if you were able to make your way through the crowd in VIP it was prime. Recently coming off his most recent project with mau5ville: Level 1 - the mau5head maestro conducted another perfect set with favorites like Animal Rights, I Said, Some Chords, and new tracks like Monophobia. Closing out with Strobe, he then appears out of the giant cube with a bottle thanking the crowd then he sits down on the stage drinking his bottle bowing down to everyone, truly was a sight to see. 

 Photo credit:  Badastronaut Photography

Day two was dedicated to House and Trance music. Starting off at the Summit stage for the Cape Town duo Goldfish. The multi-talented duo played favorite tracks such as You Might Be, and Games Continued. The Saxophone playing duo fired up the crowd with their organic house tunes.

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Continuing at the Summit stage for a glorious and special back-to-back performance from ILLENIUM and SAID THE SKY. The crowd roared when they appeared on stage, opening with Sound of Where’d U Go featuring 1788-L. From both producers, the set continues between softer melodic dubstep tracks. Closing out with an unreleased track entitled Take You Down. While dancing, I look over to my friends and I see a tear fall down from my friend’s face, then the feels hit me then I start to tear up, it was a moving moment for the both of us and the rest of the crowd. Throughout the entire set, people were losing their emotions with every drop. Relive the magical back-to-back performance from ILLENIUM and SAID THE SKY. Listen on SOUNDCLOUD!

Wanted to make time to see the legend that created Sandstorm - Darude who was performing the Tundra stage. The moment we arrived at the Tundra stage, Darude was already in full force at the decks. Playing all melodic trance music, including classic trance tunes. As soon as Darude teases the crowd with his popular track, a Sandstorm of people rushed the stage and the crowd screams when Darude drops that track that we all know, and the crowd completely loses control. After his set, Darude comes over to his devoted fans and thanked everyone for coming out to see his performance, even though it was a few minutes meeting him it was one of the best highlights of the festival.

 Photo credit:  Jay Bird Photography

Photo credit: Jay Bird Photography

It was now time to explore more of the festival, given that this was the first time in Denver, Colorado as an adult as well as covering a festival in the Mile High City, wanted to experience #GDF in full effect. After attempting to go on some of the free rides, between viewing the magnificent art installations, meeting new friends, and taking photos it was now time to check out heavyweight trance hero Simon Patterson at the Tundra stage. From the exhausting heat and loads of people, it was difficult to enjoy the set as well as the sound quality.

 Photo credit:  Jay Bird Photography

Photo credit: Jay Bird Photography

Closing out at the Amazon stage for one of the top duo act in the world and a personal favorite is Gorgon City. With their anticipating new album Escape which is set to be released on August 10th, you can PREORDER NOW! Playing all favorites and a few singles from their new album like All Four Walls, Grooves On The Vinyl, Motorola, and Go Deep. Gorgon City performed another pristine and perfect set not only because of the music but being able to have the perfect spot upfront and not congested. The ideal way to end to what will be a cherished and memorable festival.

 Photo credit:  Jay Bird Photography

Photo credit: Jay Bird Photography

A special message from Global Dance Festival...
“Exploring the globe and every terrain in between is a daunting task. From making treks through the Amazon, digging deep into Crystal Caverns, crossing the Tundra, gazing upon the Northern Lights and finally ascending to the highest Summit, this year’s Global Dance Festival has been an adventure unlike any other. While the sounds and sights may be over, for now, the memories that we have made will last a lifetime. As we come to a close on #GDF18, we want to thank our Global Dance family for making this festival possible. You are who make this festival possible, you are the reason we come together for this massive celebration, you are the reason we can continue to build to all new heights. Our hearts are filled with excitement and joy as we continue this expedition alongside each of you, we cannot wait to see you for next year’s Global Dance Festival.”
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Throughout the years of covering numerous festivals, #GDF will stand out just from the experience and the gift on forming new friendships that will last forever. All DJs and musical acts performed without any boundaries or limits showing all true talent. It was difficult to decide top favorite sets, a huge thank you to everyone that was a part of Global Dance Festival 2018, until next year.

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