Global Dance Festival: Day 1 Review

It’s been about a week since Global Dance Festival 2014 wrapped up and we’re finally recovered enough to give our review. This year’s Global featured a diverse line up with something for everyone! With so many artists playing across 3 stages I wasn’t able to catch everyone, but I’ll recap those that I was able to catch.

The first act that I caught was the Philadelphia based Louis Futon. They played the second slot of the day–I arrived towards the end of their set–so the crowd was still a bit sparse for their set, however, they did their job and kept those who we there early moving.

Kygo, the Norwegian sensation, followed Louis Futon. Kygo was one of my most anticipated artist to see on the line up, so when he came on I was excited to say the least. Kygo‘s set was almost entirely original material, and most of those familiar with his remixes would have been satisfied singling along to his songs. From a critical perspective, his set did almost feel like listening to his Soundcloud, and the energy of his set didn’t really have much build. However, nit-picking aside, Kygo‘s set was upbeat, happy, and all around full of great vibes. My personal highlight of his set  was when he played Banks‘ “Warm Water,” one of the highlights of the festival for me. Kygo‘s young, and this is his first US Tour, his sets and crowd control will only improve with experience, and personally I can’t wait to see him next time he makes it out this way.

Kygo was followed by Bro Safari, a big change of pace from Kygo‘s chill, sexy remixes. However, the second Bro Safari took the stage, the energy at Red Rocks skyrocketed! I’m not a huge fan of the Trappier side of dance music, but I have to give Bro Safari props for their ability to control a crowd and get everyone bouncing! When they dropped the track ‘Elephant Trunk’–I don’t know the name of the track unfortunately–everyone went nuts! The energy was awesome!

After watching Bro Safari for a bit I decided to check out Gabriel & Dresden on the NRG Stage. Prior to seeing them I only knew them by name, but had not been familiar with their productions, or sets; however, I am glad I decided to check them out! They played the best set I saw at Day 1! I was blown away by the seamless mixes, and masterful crowd control–they had the whole crowd in the palm of their hands. I can’t say enough good things about their set. If you ever get the chance to see them, do it!

After Gabriel & Dresden, I headed down to catch Infected Mushroom. Infected Mushroom knows how to put on a show, they are showmen of the highest caliber! I remember seeing them at Global back in 2010, but I only caught a little bit of their set then. I’m glad I got to see more of Infected, and now I know why so many of my friends are diehard fans. Infected Mushroom is definitely an act you have to see live to fully appreciate. When they played their cover of Foo Fighters‘ “The Pretender,” everyone at Red Rocks sang along. It was pretty magical. One question I can’t help but wonder is, how does Amit Duvdevani spin so much without getting dizzy, haha. I was dizzy just watching him. Regardless, Infected Mushroom was fantastic!

Stay tuned for our recap of Day 2 tomorrow!