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By Joylyn Phoenix & Bethany Weems

Morrison, Col.
– Each year, Global Dance Festival serves as one of the standout events on the America’s Best DJ Summer Tour. The spectacular Rocky Mountain vistas and the unique open-air venue – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, just outside Denver – always make for an unforgettable experience, and this year’s event was no different.

Produced by local outfit Triad Dragons this past July 8-10, Global Dance Festival presented a lineup that included legends and modern headliners, up-and-comers and international stalwarts. The three-day festival presented more than 50 performers on its three stages, including a trio of America’s Best DJ nominees – 12th Planet, Cash Cash and Tritonal.

ABDJ voters cast their ballots.

ABDJ voters cast their ballots.

DJ Times was there, of course, with a pair of crews—one locally based, another from Michigan—which took fan votes for the America’s Best DJ promotion.

(Calin Wilkewitz, Alex Frick, and David Carter repped the Colorado Division, with Joylyn Phoenix, Bethany Weems and Brandon Weems comprising the Michigan Division.) Presented by DJ Times and Pioneer DJ, this 10th-annual America’s Best DJ Summer Tour will run until Labor Day when the event voting and online voting end. As always, one lucky voter will win a trip for two to Omnia San Diego, which will host the America’s Best DJ Closing Party/Award Ceremony on September 30.

Terravita fires up Red Rocks.

Terravita fires up Red Rocks.

Highlights from Day 1 included strong sets from Terravita and Troyboi, who distinguished his performance by dropping a remix of Snoop Dogg and Pharrell’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot” into Keys N Krates’ “Dum Dee Dum.” Dash Berlin delivered a pinnacle performance that included spins of Alan Walker’s “Faded,” Lost Frequencies’ “Are You With Me?” and the Eurythmics’ classic “Sweet Dreams.”

Day 2 at Global offered a diverse lineup that included 12th Planet, Cash Cash, Paul Oakenfold, Brillz and headliners Above & Beyond. ABDJ nominee 12th Planet pumped up the crowd with wildly popular cuts like Flux Pavilion’s “I Can’t Stop” and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ evergreen “Otherside.”

Cash Cash, the day’s other ABDJ nom, filled the Red Rocks sky with tracks from its newly released LP Blood, Sweat & 3 Years (Big Beat), which blends catchy melodies with dope electronic beats. Cash Cash blasted out of the gate with “Take Me Home” and carried through with crowd faves like “Millionaire,” “Broken Drum” and “Surrender.”

Red Rocks, America’s best outdoor venue.

Red Rocks, America’s best outdoor venue.

Back at the DJ Times booth, Brillz made a guest appearance casting a ballot for ABDJ before smashing the decks on mainstage. Also making a presence near the booth was rising star Joshua Sondoval (aka Mastermash) who closed out the Global stage and the hotel afterparty.

Day 3 of Global began with fire warnings and weather alerts – the high mountain sun warmed the peak to a steamy 97 degrees. But when the sun went down the night really heated up with Anna Lunoe, Hermitude, and Tritonal on tap. Headliner DJ Snake closed out the festival and left quite an impression. The French DJ/producer had the entire audience hold up a light for peace to his remix of Adele’s “Hello.” Tingles all around and a fitting end to terrific weekend – see you next year!