Global Dance Festival took its place as a new, ground-breaking event at Red Rocks in 2013. It is also the first year Triad Dragons promoted the event. With a change in name and promoters, the event began to evolve into something different: a celebration of electronic music combining technology and natural beauty.
Triad Dragons took the event to new heights by bringing in top notch technology including state-of-the-art lasers and intelligent lighting as well as the best sound system ever to be used at Red Rocks. The experience was unparalleled.
..::Saturday July 26, 2003 Lineup::..
Paul Van Dyk • George Acosta • DJ Irene • Kostas • Dragon • Trajikk • Alan Endorfun
2004 was the 6th annual electronic music festival at Red Rocks and the second annual Global Dance Festival hosted by the Triad Dragons.
This year, the festival was advertised with professional commercials on E! and MTV as well as over 100,000 flyers across the state. People began flying in from other states to attend the festival; Global Dance Festival was truly becoming a highly anticipated annual event.
..::Saturday July 24, 2004 Lineup::..
Paul Van Dyk • IIO • Deepsky • Richard Humpy Vission • Alex Gold • Jerry Bonham • Dieselboy • Kostas • Dragon
Up until 2005, Caffeine Music Festival had been the Triad Dragon’s major annual music festival, but now Global was beginning to accelerate in popularity as electronic music enthusiasts began to become aware of the magic in experiencing electronic music in a natural, outdoor setting.
The first two years the Triad Dragons hosted Global Dance Festival, only a few thousand people attended. In 2005, however, attendance nearly doubled with around 7,000 people.
..::Saturday July 23, 2005 Lineup::..
Paul Oakenfold • Deep Dish • Bad Boy Bill • Junkie XL • Dieselboy • Motorcycle Live • Steve Smooth • Kostas • Dragon • Trajikk • Ty Tek • Shawn Mitiska • Kevin Alves • Friends in Stereo Live
2006 was truly a landmark year for Global Dance Festival.Attendance catapulted from 7000 the year before to over 10,000, the biggest it had ever been. Production was more impressive than ever with LED screens behind the DJ booth, giant screens on the stage, and three amazing laser systems. Break dancers and GoGo dancers in extravagant neon costumes entertained the crowd all night long. The festival’s hours expanded to 5pm-2am.
..::Saturday July 22, 2006 Lineup::..
Armin Van Buuren • BT • Jes • Kaskade • Jon Bishop • Dieselboy • Kostas • Dragon • Trajikk • Hycloud
July 21st, 2007, almost 11,000 people packed into Red Rocks amphitheater for a truly historical night for EDM. Global Dance Festival 2007 marks the first year the event completely sold out and officially became the largest electronic music festival in the region. It was also the first time an electronic music show sold out Red Rocks. Production at Global Dance Festival was really evolving into a perfected art. This year, there were two giant screens, an LED DJ booth, and a brilliant display of lights and lasers. Performers and dancers were also becoming an innate part of the festival with extravagant costumes and props.
..::Saturday July 21, 2007 Lineup::..
Tiesto • BT • Richard Vission • Jes • Aphrodite • MC Dino • Kostas • Dragon • Trajikk • Hycloud • Fury • Wyatt Earp • Shawn Mitiska • Gift • Smyle • Technical Endevour • MC Curious
Global Dance Festival 2008 took place on July 19, 2008 and was another sold out show! Although the event took place on an extremely hot day, the venue filled up within an hour of the gates being open.
..::Saturday July 19, 2008 Lineup::..
Ferry Corsten • Deadmau5 • Junkie XL • Dieselboy • Messinian • Kostas • Dragon • Trajikk • Hycloud • Fury • Technical Endevour • Kevin Alves
Global Dance Festival 2009 had the most impressive lineup to-date featuring one of the world’s greatest dance music duos, Sasha and John Digweed. It was another a sold out event, packing Red Rocks with over 10,000 electronic music enthusiasts dancing under the open sky.
Saturday July 18, 2009
..::Saturday July 18, 2009 Lineup::..
Sasha • John Digweed • Benny Benassi • Markus Schulz • John Debo • Alex Gold • Mystical Influence • Kostas • Dragon • Trajikk • Hycloud • Fury • Manufactured Superstars • Kevin Alves
After several consecutive sold out events, Triad Dragons broke records by adding a second day to the festival, allowing more people to experience its magic and more outstanding artists to be added to the lineup. The addition of the second day proved to be a brilliant idea with over 17,000 attendees over the two days and Friday selling out fast. The energy over the two days could barely be contained within the gigantic monoliths of Red Rocks. Production put all the other years to shame with its 4 watt lasers, a giant LED box that pulsed with the music, and huge screens across the stage. The audience packed the bleachers for full-on dance festival madness.
..::Saturday, July 17 Lineup::..
Paul Van Dyk • Kaskade • BT • Jes • Steve Aoki • La Riots • Morgan Page • Ecotek • Elijah • Dragon • Trajikk • J Flash • Hycloud • Kevin Alves • Cognition • T-Rav • Satori-C • Anomaly • Soulshocker • Ston-E • Joman • Jontron • Sergio Santana • Digga
..::Friday July 16, 2010::..
Deadmau5 • Infected Mushroom Live • Savoy • Pendulum • Rusko • Ana Sia • Kraddy • Heavyweight Dub Champion • Axis of Evil • Manufactured Superstars • Fury • Technical Endeavor • MC Dozha • Sir Thomas • Ishe • Soleil • Spectre • Alert • Jason Roth • ((Diverse)) • Just Ben • Coult 45 • ServeOne • Dayquill
Global Dance Festival 2011 made history by adding a third day of live music! Thursday featured live bands for the first time in Global Dance history that added an eclectic mix of styles and sound that provided a great start for the exciting weekend to come.
..::Thursday, July 14th lineup::..
Empire of the Sun • Kid Cudi • Big Gigantic • Innerpartysystem • Sam Adams • Hottub • EVS • Robotic Pirate Monkey • Food Chain • MTHDS • Broken Tongues • Caramel Camela • Nalepa • Half Color • Jantsen • Slim Thugz • Raw Russ • Zeno • Mikey Thunder • Thick Chick
..::Friday, July 1th lineup::..
LMFAO • Major Lazer • Skrillex • Nero • Dieselboy • Porter Robinson • Zedd • Paper Diamond • Manufactured Superstars • Axis of Evil • Fury • Ishe • Coult45 • Dodger • Thorazine • RumbleJunkie • Fresh2Death • Just Ben • Unlimited Aspect • Dirt Monkey • Curlyone
..::Saturday, July 16th lineup::..
Benny Benassi • Gareth Emery • Avicii • Dada Life • Morgan Page • Dave Aude • Emma Hewitt • Ronski Speed • Metropolis • Dehasse • Just Fine • Ecotek • Dragon • Trajikk • James Egbert • Riot Gear • JQ&A • Kevin Alves • Hycloud
Global Dance Festival 2011 was filmed from beginning to end and the documentary produced from the filming is nearly ready. The documentary showcases the magic of the festival, complete with behind-the-scences interviews, mind-blowing performances, and a taste what goes into creating the sensational experience.
2012 marked the 10th anniversary of Global Dance Festival, a truly landmark year for the festival! Following the debut of Global Dub Festival in May (a sold out event), this was the biggest year yet for GDF, with a lineup included Knife Party’s Colorado debut and a day dedicated exclusively to bass music.
..::Friday, July 20 2012::..
Featured an array of dance music heavy-hitters Steve Angello, Knife Party, Hardwell, Felix Cartal, 3LAU, Harvard Bass, Krewella, & more. Attendees observed a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting, which happened the evening before the festival began. Our community truly came together in the midst of the tragedy and celebrated life at Red Rocks.
..::Saturday, July 21 2012::..
Featured an incredible lineup with Above & Beyond, Wolfgang Gartner, Morgan Page, Maufactured Superstars, Nadia Ali, Dave Aude, and the Triad Dragons artist group’s debut performance. Gathering together for Group Therapy with Above & Beyond was an incredible experience beneath the Colorado night sky.
..::Saunday, July 22nd 2012::..
Was dedicated to bass music, featuring some of dubstep’s biggest names: Excision, Zeds Dead w/ Omar Linx, Dillon Francis, Adventure Club, Crizzly, 12th Planet, Kill the Noise, & more. This night was received extremely well and Red Rocks literally shook with bass all night long!
Global Dance Festival was again filmed this year to create a short film- “Global Generations- The Global Dance Experience”- to showcase the festival. This year, fans were asked to submit their own videos to contribute to the film.
For the first time ever in 2013, Global Dance Festival took drastic steps to expose attendees to all new types of EDM by breaking up the days based on the sounds to appeal to many different people. Friday was all about the enlightened and glitchy sounds. More live instruments were played on stage that night than perhaps all previous nights of Global combined! Saturday was a showcase for trance and house music, with lasers that filled every corner of the sky. Sunday was dedicated to bass music of every type, from dubstep to trap and everything in between.
..::Friday July, 19 2013::..
Beats Antique, EOTO, Emancipator, OTT, Signal Path, Conspirator, Papadosio, Zoogma, Sorne, Bass Physics
..::Saturday, July 20 2013::..
Sander Van Doorn, Arty, Emma Hewitt, Savoy, Carnage, Candyland, K Theory Live, Robag Wruhme, Justin Martin, Justin Sloe of Droog, Ecotek, Dragon & Jontron, Triad Dragons, Joman, JQA, Turner & Heit, Elijah Live, J Flash, Aviva, Vinnie Maniscalco, Treyy G, K-Mac, The Digital Connection, KSMASH vs Fidget Factory, Nutmeg, Oona Dahl
..::Sunday, July 21 2013::..
Mimosa, Grizmatik, Gramatik, Griz, Baauer & RL Grime, Cookie Monsta, Kill Paris, Green Lantern, Seven Lions, Sound Remedy, Jim-E Stack, Ryan Hemsworth, Ishe, Fury, Savages, Sound Remedy, Bass Crooks, Jleet, Alan Endorfun, Caustik, Subliminal, Lotus Drops, Shank Aaron, Coult45, CurlyOne, Jleet,
2014 took Global Dance Festival to new heights with the incorporation of amazing genre-defying performances by some of dance music’s creme-de la creme acts. Energetic evenings that were not bound to genre-based nights allowed festival attendees to experience all types of sonic offerings.
The entire dance music spectrum was on display every single night catering to the auditory delights of festival attendees who traversed the far corners of the nation to experience this glorious fusion of majestic geology and modern sound. Featuring the following acts on their respective nights:
..::Friday July 18th::..
Adventure Club, Carnage, Infected Mushroom Live, Bro Safari, Kygo, Kastle, Ben Negative, Norin & Rad, Brillz, Gabriel & Dresden, Dave Aude, Louis Futon, Dr. Fresch, Illenium & Said The Sky, Decadon, Mostro, Foxtrot, Fallen Shadows, Atom_X, DJ SayCal, Pillow Frisbee & Teddy Beatz
..::Saturday July 19th::..
Destroid, Waka Flocka Flame, Showtek, Andy C w/ Armanni Reign, Alvin Risk, Borgeous, Odesza, Simon Patterson, Ecotek, Bass Physics, Just Fine, KDrew, Stratus, Turner & Heit, Vinnie, Chris Cornell, TSA, 2Friendz, Barraza Broz, Lost Empire, Tatsu Ogata, MazkaRaid, DBT
..::Sunday July 20th::..
Zedd, Wolfgang Gartner, Madeon, Tchami, Oliver Heldens, ETC! ETC!, Dj Sliink, Dragon & Jontron, Savant, David Heartbreak, James Egbert, Fury, Aviva, Dirty Little Thieves, Chocolate Drop, K-MAC, Treyy G, PawS, Blaynebot, Xenology