Summer Camp Music Festival: 20th Anniversary

Memories and music filled all four days of the 20th anniversary of Summer Camp Music Festival this August. Typically, the festival occurs in late May over Memorial Day weekend. However, it was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was rescheduled to August 19 – 22nd this year. Roughly 25,000 people attended. Summer Camp’s home is in Chillicothe, Illinois, so we took the 14-hour drive from Denver on Thursday. It was definitely one of the most memorable festival weekends of all time!

Summer Camp is known for the festival’s consistently stacked lineup. Summer Camp always features hundreds of artists across all genres, both rising talent and big names. The true kings of Scamp are the bands Umphrey’s McGee and Moe. Both dominate the weekend year after year by playing daily sets across most or all of the stages. Other huge names on this year’s lineup included Ween, Three 6 Mafia, Emancipator, and Billy Strings.

Day One

Friday highlights for us started in the afternoon when Borahm Lee of Break Science jumped on main stage with Manic Focus and played a killer set as Manic Science. Meanwhile in the VIP Tent, electro-funk band The Floozies took the stage. The Floozies brought us back to the angsty times of 2000s rock with their Emo Hour DJ set.

Across the park at the Campfire Stage, a smaller crowd of people stomped and hollered to bluegrass band Kitchen Dwellers. Denver local Maddy O’Neal dropped an energized set drippin’ in bass and hip-hop beats. Emancipator gifted us a beautiful and chill set, layering string instruments with downtempo drum beats.

Umphrey’s McGee‘s Friday night set featured a serious classic rock flavor. They teased parts of the Zeppelin song “Kashmir” between transforming “Looks” into “Preamble”. A sampling from “Stairway to Heaven” rang out when Umph turned “The Triple Wide” into “The Linear”. They also covered portions of The Rolling Stone’s “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”. After Umphrey’s, Billy Strings took over the Starshine stage.

Late night highlights for Friday included the much anticipated CloZee b2b with LSDREAM, VIP lounge set from Aqueous, and a dirty dubstep Subtronics set to close out the night.

Day Two

Saturday’s overcast weather was what we’d all been waiting for after the brutal temperatures and humidity that made for a sweaty Friday.

Music highlights included the afternoon sets of Doom Flamingo at the Moonshine Stage and Sunsquabi at the Starshine Stage. A few hours later, the two stages featured conflicting sets by Dirty Heads and BoomBox, making for another tough choice among some festival attendees. Livetronica legends STS9 played a dreamy, ethereal evening set at the Sunshine stage while the killer collab of Keller Williams and Sunsquabi – dubbed KellerSquabi – threw down on the Starshine stage. Marvel Years and later in the night Manic Focus both played funktastic and saucy sets. One of the best and possibly underrated sets of the whole weekend went down on Saturday night, when The Spicy Bois (self-described as “Flavor Town of the Underground”) brought the late-night heat with a supercharged surprise set from the top of an old white bus covered in sunflowers.

The new stage, Goodbus, and it lives in the Illumination Woods, a whole new area of Scamp that made its debut this year. During the day, the shade from the trees in these woods provides sanctuary from the harsh sun with colorful swinging hammocks and other spots to take a seat and relax. At night, the magical space transforms into a psychedelic haven, with the rainbow net of strings tied between the trees mimicking a laser show, giant mushrooms, and lit-up interactive art pieces.

The Campgrounds

The early hours of Sunday morning consisted of wandering the campgrounds. I realized so many of the aspects we love about festivals start right here – from one-of-a-kind unofficial merch (check out this reddit post for an example of one of the coolest fest posters I’ve ever seen) to hearing hilarious conversations you’d never hear anywhere else, to meeting some of the most unique and genuinely awesome people of all time. I met a gang of Power Rangers, witnessed an intense light saber battle, danced with a crew of bananas, met an author who sold me some plants (a jade and a lime tree to be specific) and caught a surprise sunrise set at a random camp by a lesser-known producer named Operatr.

Sunday was a huge day for talent. Early in the day, the brilliant and creative Keller Williams played an amazing set at the Moonshine stage. This year may have been one of the biggest yet for Sunday single-day pass purchasers.

Sunday’s bill held the much hyped and anticipated sets from some of the biggest names there such as Tipper, Dirty Heads, Ween, and Three 6 Mafia. Although times got bumped slightly, there was still a choice to be made between Tipper and Ween, We ended up bouncing between the stages to get a taste of both.

Griz helped close down the festival with his much anticipated set, featuring a special guest appearance by ProbCause. Everywhere was packed full with thousands of people dancing beneath the psychedelic lasers. Moe.’s Sunday night set was powerful and full of classic Moe. songs. And let’s not ignore the artists who are not as well-known but are extremely talented – LeSpecial’s campfire set was one of the best all weekend.

Conclusion

Leaving Summer Camp is always bittersweet, and usually makes for a rough Monday morning. With no time to hunt down a golf cart to help haul our gear, we navigated ourselves and all our stuff out of the park, weaving around the festival zombies dragging their feet in the heat. For the entire fourteen hour drive back home to Colorado, I had so many memories replaying in my head, and an amazing sound track from the weekend to match.

Many people who normally go to Summer Camp – or “Scamp veterans” – were unable to make it this year The pandemic has greatly affected live music, both small shows and festivals alike. Covid-related complications did cancel some acts such as Papadosio, Lettuce, Big Something, and Cherub. For those who weren’t able to attend, you can check out some awesome recap videos on the SummerCampFest YouTube channel.

Until next time, Summer Camp! The experience surely will be hard to beat next year. Summer Camp Music Festival is set to return next Memorial Day Weekend for its 21st anniversary – May 27 to 29, 2022 – so be sure to start planning ahead by snagging your festival passes during the Early Bird sale. Tickets aren’t available for purchase yet, but keep an eye out for updates on Facebook, Instagram, and the website’s ticket page. Want to get involved in the festival and save money on the ticket? Check out the volunteer page. Finally, be sure to sign up for the mailing list on the Official Summer Camp website!

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Back To Backwoods

Returning back to any music festival in 2021 can feel a bit strange. With that in mind, Backwoods was able to help make that experience extra special for their 4500 person event. Capping it off at that number helped improve a ton for the festival. 4 music filled days graced Mulberry Mountain on August 26th-29th of 2021. The weekend ranged tunes from Jam Bands such as Lotus and Disco Biscuits to experimental artists like Of The Trees and G Jones. This festival had something for everybody.

Backwoods began strong on Thursday with artists CNOPES, MLOTIK, and MOLOKAI. All of which you could say have done projects with Spicy Bois. After their takeover at the Casino Stage, the crowd moved over to main stage to catch Lotus and Andy Fasco & the Un. Getting that bit of jam bands in for Thursday night the crowd could move back over to Lusid after for those experiential vibes. Sound Camp was another stage at Backwoods. This stage was filled with Funktion-One sound, creating that deep bass for whoever took over that stage.

Friday

The weekend was finally beginning on the mountain, more attendees were pulling in and setting up. Each day began with multiple different workshops to choose from, ranging from Guided Meditations and Yoga to Hoop Dance. A comedy hour also helped start off each morning with lots of laughter. Dirtfoot, Maddy O’Neal, Shiba San, and Sunsquabi all took main stage Friday afternoon while the sun was high in the sky. The Irie Lions, Opal Agafia, Artifacts, and more all took over Circus Casino as well.

Aliens invade the mountain! ATLIENS step aboard main stage as the sky turns dark. Following up the madness they brought, G Jones brought quite the performance. Strobes flashed and custom visuals played as this glitch artist played. Ganja White Night finished off main stage Friday night with their unreleased collabs featuring Rusko and Dirt Monkey, amongst many others. They played a live set which took the audience everywhere from deep wobbles to upbeat house and DnB. Festival goers could end their night with Flintwick or a Sound Camp set.

Saturday

Saturday morning began with cool clouds over the mountain, breezy guests of wind could be felt throughout your tent as the mountain began to wake up. This was truly the day for any jam band enthusiast. Day sets consisted of groups Stiff Necked Fools, Bumpin Uglies, Papadosio, and two Disco Biscuit sets. Cycles, Arkansauce, and Spafford could all be found during the day playing sets also.

This was truly the night for late sets as the crowd was show a Of The Trees set with Data Byte Visuals. PLS&TY took the stage after to finish off Circus Casino. If you were still looking for music after that, DIRTYSNATCHA played a late night set that included a ton of unreleased music.

During the weekend, food trucks and many other vendors could be located around the venue. Custom merchandise was made for the festival along with artist merchandise, most artists could even be found there! For food, they had many options for attendees, some of which included Vegan options. One nice addition that the mountain offered was a General Store, where you could find many helpful necessities such as ice, air mattresses, tents, and much more. Free water was offered in multiple locations.

Sunday

The weekend was about over but the music was far from done. The Fungineers were added to the lineup later on as a replacement. That made for an awesome Sunday opener. Following them on that stage was Ryan Viser, Modeling, Acid Katz, Com Truise, and Keller Williams. Of course we also saw an insane Carbin set which was different from what we have heard before. Many new collabs were thrown out that featured artists INZO and DIRTYSNATCHA.

Main Stage saw some insane talent this day. Freddy Todd gave and insane performance as a Keytar was brought out. Adding that live element with blue skies made for a perfect day set. Zeke Beats followed the stage to give listeners live scratching. Rumor is Freddy Todd and Zeke Beats did a renegade b2b set. Mulberry Mountain was cooled off later with a quick rain fall, which didn’t last very long.

Following the rain, CloZee played one of the most beautiful sets of the weekend. Showing new visuals, that we believe might be from the Neon Jungle Tour, to showing an insane laser show, this set was perfect. Greensky Bluegrass hit the stage after for a bit of change in the night. The Floozies finished off main stage with an hour and a half set. These brothers played classics along with unreleased tunes. Some would say it was a great way to end that stage for the weekend.

Conclusion

Overall the weekend was great, the rain didn’t stop the mountain from having an amazing time. To keep up on all things Backwoods, check out the links below. They actually feature a blog on their website that gives a bit more insight into everything! Keep your eyes peeled for a Day 2 and Day 3 recap from Backwoods. If you weren’t able to make it this year we would highly suggest making it next year. Until next time Mulberry Mountain!

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The Aquatic Fairytale Adventure Awaits

Coming up in less than two weeks, Imagine Music Festival is returning September 17, 18th, and 19th. Previous years, Imagine was taking place at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This year, Imagine will take place at Chattahoochee Hills Bouckaert Farm, only 14 miles Southwest from Atlanta Airport.

Despite being canceled last year, 2021’s Imagine Music Festival lineup is definitely not one to miss. With six stages, a huge variety of artists, silent discos, pool parties, workshops, amusement rides and more, this year is sure to be a hit. 2021 is bringing major artists such as Excision, Griz, Illenium, Kaskade (also doing a pool party) as some of the headliners. Disco Inferno stage is sure to be the stage to get your shuffle on, with artists Fisher, Malaa, Shiba San, and Walker & Royce, to name a few. Don’t forget the Wakaan Takeover with Liquid Stranger, Shlump, G -rex, and Champagne Drip B2b Luzid and even more! 

Tickets, Camping And COVID – 19 Guidelines

Although, GA, VIP and 2 pack bundles are sold out, there are single day passes still available. Camping is still available also. Included new for 2021 is tent only camping passes and a companion camping pass, which allows you to join your friends and/or share a camp side.  Don’t forget Glamping, RV Camping, VIP options and early arrival passes can be purchased.  Shuttles are available here if you plan on getting a hotel room. In order to attend Imagine 2021, you need to provide either a negative COVID test result within 72 hours or show full COVID – 19 vaccination.

Did Someone Say Pre – Party?

Imagine is kicking off an official pre – party September 16th, to get attendees excited and ready for the 3 day festival ahead. This year, the pre – party consists of Ganja White Night, Atlines, Freaky and Plsma. Over at the Campground stage a silent disco consists of a few different artists. Denver local Krushnedo, Dose, Tape B, Black Amigo and more can be found! In order to attend, you need to purchase a separate pre- party ticket. If you plan on camping, and want to arrive early, you can buy an early arrival pass that not only gives you early access to campgrounds, but to the Late Night Silent Disco and Shakedown street with crafts and food vendors, get your early arrival ticket here.

Experience And Explore The Festival 

Need to cool down at the festival? Check out the new Aqua Day Club & Pool with a pool party ticket. Where interactive art displays, complimentary floaties, and VIP cabanas will be. On Saturday, Kaskade will be bringing his special Redux set, and on Sunday, Medvza. 

Check out the Ocean View Experience and VIP tickets. With private elevated viewing, table service, and private seating, it is sure to give you the best view of Main Stage and make your Imagine festival experience even better! With a VIP ticket, you can not only beat lines inside with expressed entry into the festival, but you can also get pit access, giving you the chance to get even closer. Get your Ocean view experience and vip tickets here. 

New this year, is the addition of The Producers Corner, hosted by Protohype. This gives those who are interested in learning bass music production to learn from artists through workshops about mixing, mastering, branding, sound design, and more. You can get a 2 day pass for Saturday and Sunday. 

You will also have the chance to attend free transformational workshops. They are focused around dance, mindfulness, yoga, flow arts, mediations, and much more. Spaces are limited so make sure to check out the 2021 schedule here. Don’t forget to also check out the amusement rides and cirque acts, and art installations. 

Limited tickets remain, so, be sure to grab your tickets soon! This year is definitely not one to miss. With an awesome pre – party, pool parties, and so many different classes and workshops to explore, you are sure to have a great time. Don’t forget the six stages, where you can get your shuffle on and your head banging.

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GOLDRUSH MUSIC FESTIVAL – The Greatest Party in the Wild West Returns This September 24th-26th

The Long Await

It’s been quite the long wait for avid festival-goers in Arizona anticipating a return to the dance floor at Rawhide Event Center. After a 15-month hiatus of large-scale events, it seemed like Relentless Beats didn’t skip a beat (literally) when they unveiled their upgraded stage production when Chris Lake & Fisher. They debuted their Under Construction live show back on Memorial Day Weekend. Even with that inaugural performance kicking off a series of summer events at Rawhide filled with thrilling pent-up energy and joyous crowds, all of that pales in comparison to what’s about to come this September, and it’s definitely one fans won’t be disappointed with.

For the first time in two years, Goldrush Music Festival will return to Arizona complete with a stacked lineup and state-of-the-art production. This time around though, the festival will run for an entire three days for the first time in the event’s history. If you’re planning to go full throttle the entire weekend, we suggest preparing your body well!

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Past Years

Goldrush premiered its introductory edition back in 2017, bringing a western-themed festival to the fitting arid Arizona landscape. Since then, the festival has become one of the state’s premier electronic dance music events. Bringing in star-studded lineups every year with artists like Illenium, Marshmello, and RL Grime headlining the bills.

For its 4th annual edition, Relentless is promising to bring the biggest lineup in Goldrush’s history. Through 3 action-packed days filled with some of the nation’s hottest headliners and up-and-coming acts. Expect stage production to be taken up a notch as well, as Rawhide has already begun bringing their summer series shows. Phase 1 lineup announcements will begin Monday, July 12th. Those will continue throughout the week. Definitely turn those post notifications through following their Instagram and other socials to stay updated!

Relentless Beats is also unveiling supplementary travel packages available for festival-goers from town or for those traveling from other parts of the country. For as little as $100 down, these packages come with a festival ticket along with a three-night hotel stay, expedited entry to the fest, three well drinks, and access to the all-new travel saloon. Which is an exclusive experience where fans can kick back at its cooling stations, bars, and private bathrooms.

Three-day passes are currently on sale and are available through Relentless Beats’ site. Now is the chance to not miss out on the biggest lineup and production Goldrush has ever put together. It’ll be a weekend you’ll be thinking and talking about for years to come. Buckle your belts and giddy up!

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Subtronics Stops in Cheyenne for Two Nights!

Summer is just around the corner, temperatures are rising, flowers are beginning to bloom, and music festivals are slowly making a comeback. After a long year, concert venues around the country are finally announcing events again. To kick off a new era of live music, the Subtronics Outbreak Tour is stopping at Terry Bison Ranch Resort on May 7th and 8th. The Outbreak Tour is bringing quality music, good vibes, and cutting-edge production, so come get down with Subtronics and his friends this weekend!

Venue

Terry Bison Ranch Resort is located right off of I-25 at the Colorado and Wyoming border, just twenty minutes outside of downtown Cheyenne and an hour and a half away from Denver and Boulder. The resort hosts concerts and drive-in movies year-round. Recently, Terry Bison Ranch teamed with AEG to host small music festivals throughout the summer. The resort offers GA and RV camping options, as well as cabin-style lodging. There are also hotels close by in Cheyenne. Terry Bison Ranch provides exciting activities to do during the day, including a train ride tour, horseback riding, ATVs, and fishing. Food trucks and restaurant options will be available onsite. 

Lineup

Subtronics has assembled a killer lineup. Both days are absolutely stacked with various artists from the bass music scene, as well as live paintings from Elle Paisley and Aaron Brooks. Friday night we will see support from Dirt Monkey, Guppi, Level Up, and Calcium. Saturday night we will get down to Boogie T, Space Wizard b2b Guppi, Level Up, and Of The Trees. Along with incredible talent, Subtronics and his team are bringing all-new production and state-of-the-art sound quality for an unparalleled musical experience. 

Enforcing Covid Safety

Although festivals are starting to come back, the Covid-19 pandemic is not over. To prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Outbreak Tour requires all participants to pass a covid screening as well as temperature checks upon entry. The festival is going to enforce all Covid-19 guidelines mandated by the state of Wyoming. This means that the event will be held at a limited capacity and masks will be required at all times.

In addition to the state’s guidelines, The Outbreak tour will provide sanitization stations throughout the festival grounds and will have high traffic areas sanitized frequently. Make sure to follow all these guidelines and wash your hand frequently in order to keep yourself and those around you safe this weekend!

Ticket Packages

Subtronics is offering general admission as well as VIP ticket packages for this event. Tickets for general admission are offered at a reduced rate for a four-pack. If you plan on camping, make sure to purchase a camping pass for each vehicle. Upgrade to VIP for an exclusive experience. VIP ticket holders will have access to the VIP bar as well as a special section close to the stage. 

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Conclusion

Subtronics and his friends are going to deliver an unforgettable weekend with excellent music, top-notch production, and a dope venue. Start off this festival season right and check out the Outbreak Tour! Links to all ticket types can be found below, we hope to see you all there!

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In Remembrance: Ubbi Dubbi 2019

In April of 2019, music-lovers traveled from near and far to experience the inaugural year of Ubbi Dubbi. This festival is put on by Disco Donnie Presents. Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth, Texas was completely transformed into a futuristic portal through time.

Artists including Illenium, JOYRYDE, and Slander graced the three stages throughout the weekend. When not enjoying the incredible music, festival-goers could see live performers, art installations, vendors, and food trucks.

The 2020 edition of the festival is currently taking place October 30th and 31st. It will be combined with another Disco Donnie Presents event, creating Ubbi Dubbi Gets Freaky Deaky. Keep scrolling to view a stunning gallery of photos of the 2019 event taken by our talented team!

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Ubbi Dubbi 2019

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A Throwback to Gem and Jam Festival

Hosting headlining acts such as Tipper, Big Gigantic, The Floozies, Twiddle, Billy Strings and more. Featuring artists such as Aaron Brooks as well as many others, there were all forms of art, which was absolutely beautiful. Taking place January 31st- February 2nd in Tucson Arizona during their gem conventions the weather was absolutely beautiful. In the city of Tucson during these couple months the city gathers crystal lovers from all around to sell, trade and buy crystals. During all the conventions they host a music festival for all, yes it was family friendly! From three different stages to choose from the variety of music was refreshing and new.

Beginning night one with Tipper as the headliner, he showed us a blackout set. All the lights were turned off besides the LED behind him. This made for a unique first night headliner. Opened up by Manic Focus and Dirtwire then followed by Mersiv, Mystic Grizzly, Tenth Mountain Division and many others this first night was stacked. Moving into the second day we had even more great artists to follow. Big Gigantic showed us a few new songs of their new album, Free Your Mind, which at the time was not yet released, as they headlined the night. Opened up also by The Floozies, Desert Heart TAKEOVER, Buku, SoDown and many others night two was insane. All three nights had a few late night sets letting the music go all through the night. Finally we have night three, which was featured by Twiddle. Billy Strings, Micheal Menert and more. All in all this was a great festival. A good start to the year before everything was put on pause.

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This festival was truly one in its own. Every performance was completely original. Every artist had such a unique sound. The staff were great, the venue was beautiful, the food was delicious and the music was even banging. Balkan Bump, photo above, even showed us all an absolutely insane time. Later in the night going on to be a special guest with Big Gigantic he showed non stop performance all day. Above is a photo gallery from all nights at the festival from this year. This truly is a festival for all. If you love gems, music, and a good time this is the place for you.

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Lights All Night: 10 Year Anniversary

As 2019 drew to a close, end of year celebrations were underway all across the country. As every dance music enthusiast knows, the amount of top notch events and festivals that happen in the US nearing the end of the year is enough to make your head spin. 

Among all the chaos is one of the nation’s largest and most popular end of year festivals, Lights All Night. The festival takes place at the Dallas Market Hall near the heart of Dallas. It has become a major hot spot for EDM fanatics to celebrate the new year.

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Kayzo

Lights All Night made its highly anticipated return to the lone star state on December 27 and 28. The 2019 edition of the festival was set to be an especially extravagant occasion as the event was prepping to celebrate its 10 year anniversary. In the last decade Lights All Night has grown from a small and intimate event into a grand and extravagant celebration. After changing locations several times since the birth of the festival, it has emerged as one of the country’s leading New Years’ events. Boasting top of the line stage production, dancers, art installations, food trucks, and some seriously killer lineups, it’s easy to see why it continues to grow year after year. 

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As the sun set on Friday December 27 the excitement started to build. Excited festival goers put their game faces on and began descending upon the Dallas Market Hall eagerly awaiting the door to open at 6:00pm. 

As doors opened, ravers clad in their party attire quickly began to fill the festival grounds. Upon entering the venue you were greeted by a large LED cube displaying set times and general event information.

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Supernova

Entering the market hall itself you’d find yourself in the absolutely massive room which housed the Supernova stage (main stage). This main room featured a plethora of LED panels lining the ceiling. It also featured glowing art installations near the center that resembled trees, which also functioned as benches. A huge ring lined with spotlights and surrounded by hovering spheres was near the back with aerial dancers. Also near the back were giant illuminated letters spelling out “LAN”. Certainly a warm welcome and breathtaking sight to behold almost immediately after entering the festival.

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Intergalactic

Continue making your way through the festival and you’d find yourself at the Intergalactic stage (stage 2). The room for the Intergalactic stage, while not quite as large as Supernova, was equally as breathtaking. To be fair, the room wasn’t small by any means. In fact, this room was perfectly equipped to handle several thousand people of its own.

As with Supernova, the Intergalactic stage featured strikingly solid stage design. The stage was heavily equipped with enough lights, lasers, and CO2 cannons to put on quite an impressive display. Near the back of this room you’d find a rather unique art installation made up of hundreds, if not thousands, of balloons of all sizes hanging from the ceiling. The balloons were alight with LEDs throughout the duration of the event. At times they almost resembled a rather sizable and brightly illuminated cloud hovering just above the eyes of the beholder.

Festival Grounds

Aside from the stages there was plenty to keep you busy while wandering the perimeter of the venue. There was no shortage of vendors. There was also several merch booths and activities to partake in. Shoot hoops and win prizes at the Swisher booth. Test your skills and challenge your friends to a ride on the mechanical bull (which in this case was a mechanical shark). Or head upstairs and you’d find a full blown gaming lounge. There were dozens of high speed gaming PCs for festival goers to enjoy.

The gaming lounge offered almost any game you could imagine. They also promised that they could get any game installed for you on the off chance that they didn’t have what you were looking for. Accompanied by a jaw-dropping view of the Supernova stage, the game lounge was nothing short of a gamer’s paradise.

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Night One

Starting out night one on the Intergalactic stage was a high energy performance by DJ and producer Com3t. She brought the heat kicking things off properly with heavy Dubstep and energetic dancing. Meanwhile on the Supernova stage the sounds of Young Franco were setting the tone for the evening.

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Throughout the course of the evening performances from Manilla Killa and Yung Bae kept the energy going. The crowd began to thicken as heavyweight sound master AC Slater and Mad Decent/Monstercat artist Slushii took to the Supernova stage.

Outside the Market Hall you could find two more stages one of which was the Planet Prime stage. Night Bass hosted Planet Prime on day one, pumping out some quality Bass, UK Garage, and House music all night long. The stage featured performances by fan favorites Golf Clap, Codes, Jack Beats, and Bijou.

Skrillex

As the night wore on it was all systems go on the Intergalactic stage. Performances were made by Elephante, and Dubstep madman Herobust. A closing performance was made by Tritonal. Meanwhile at Supernova the crowd had reached peak energy levels while witnessing Kayzo. Following him was a very special performance by Porter Robinson, alias Virtual Self. He played remixes of classic trance tunes and some techno inspired late 90s-early 2000s dance music bringing the crowd into a state of bliss and nostalgia.

Capping off the night was none other than the EDM superstar himself, Skrillex. He played a mix of classic Skrillex tunes, new releases, and remixes. The performance fed the energy of the crowd and concluded night one in the most magnificent way possible. 

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Night Two

As day two of the festival rolled around, festival goers began to return to the Market Hall around 5:30 Saturday evening. Everyone was excited as ever and hungry for more. The second night of the event was set to be a predominantly Bass heavy occasion. The majority of the lineup was centered around deep Bass, grimey Dubstep, and Riddim.

Carlyle

After a slight delay, doors to day two finally opened around 6:30pm. Kicking things off were performances by Zander and GG Magree on Supernova. Carlyle and Y2K took on the Intergalactic stage. Zia, followed by Vampa were underway on Planet Prime, and MYFRIENDJOSE b2b Partyof1 got things rolling at Space Station.

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Out of This World

All hands were on deck as melodic prodigy Said The Sky took to the Supernova stage around 8:15. He stirred the crowd and took them on an emotional rollercoaster. His signature blend of soaring melodies and emotive bass-lines had the crowd reaching to the sky in delight. Following was Dutch DJ/Producer San Holo with a beautifully crafted one hour set keeping the melodic vibes going. San got the crowd pumped up for what was a spectacular following performance by the world renowned Chicago-based duo Louis The Child.

Meanwhile over on Intergalactic, things were heating up with absolutely jaw-dropping performances by Dubstep and Riddim legends. The room was packed from front to back as Subtronics made his long awaited appearance. The crowd went crazy as the Riddim master played drop after drop of heavy hitting beats. He would barely give the listeners a break before hitting them yet again with more heavy bass.

Following Substronics was Swedish Dubstep sensation Liquid Stranger who has been described as the epitome of transnational Dubstep. He lived up to expectations delivering nothing short of one of the most mind ravaging and creative sets of the night. Afterwards came an incredibly well put together set by Dubstep superstar Zomboy. He had arguably one of the highest energy sets of the entire night.

7X B2B

Outside, at the Planet Prime stage, bassheads rejoiced as they witnessed something that was almost unimaginable. An incredibly special moment came to fruition as every Dubstep DJ who had graced the Planet Prime stage throughout the night came together behind the decks for an unthinkable X7 back to back set. To be more specific, the stage was now under the control of Zia, Vampa, Al Ross, Bommer, He$h, and Boogie T. Add Subtronics to the mix and you have what was easily the most special moment of the entire festival for Dubstep fanatics. The star-studded bass brigade would play for the final few hours of the night to close out Planet Prime.

Back inside the Market Hall a final performance on the Intergalactic stage was taking place courtesy of 3lau. He kept the crowd jumping and shuffling through the remainder of the night. At the Supernova stage, the Bass music king Bassnectar took control of the decks. With a packed room, deep bass projecting from all speakers, and stage production exploding with full force, the headlining set of the night went off without a hitch.

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10 Years of Lights All Night

Looking back at the evolution of Lights All Night, and beholding the absolute beast of an event it has become today, brings with it a profound sense of appreciation. Appreciation for not only the progress that the festival has made, but for the organizers and fans who have kept it alive and turned it into one of the country’s biggest New Years’ celebrations. We join together at the end of every year to express our deep gratitude for one another and our undying love for this music. Congratulations to everyone involved for an impressive 10-year run, and here’s to another decade of Lights All Night.

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Supernatural Festival 2019: A Frightening Night of Tricks and Treats

As the sun set over Denver on October 26th the piercing sense of Halloween spirit was in the air. With Halloween only a few days away, festivities were underway across the state of Colorado. Denver music fanatics embraced the holiday spirit. Ready to experience Supernatural Festival 2019, all the ghosts and ghouls, witches and warlocks, and every creature in between descended upon the National Western Complex. The spookiest night of the year for the Denver EDM community had finally arrived.

Doors to the event opened at 7pm as all the eager Halloween ravers started to arrive. Upon entering, you were greeted by the infamous Iron Throne from the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones. With menacing dragons on either side, party goers lined up to have their pictures taken and prove that they were worthy to sit upon the life-sized throne. The throne, of course, was a nod to Game Of Thrones actor and “Rave of Thrones” DJ, Kristian Nairn, who took the Supernatural Arena later that night.

Kristian Nairn taking over the Supernatural Arena

A Haunting Arena

Walking around the event you were sure to find something frightening lurking in the shadows and something excitingly spine-chilling around every corner. From the arena ceiling hung giant chains with menacing gargoyles on either side of the stage. Over at the Spider Cave, a flurry of spider webs stretched above your head. Some devilishly stylish dancers graced the stage to dance the night away upstairs in the Dreamspace room. And sheer terror was brought to the bass stage. The heavy bass music itself was enough to leave even the most experienced headbangers with chills up their spines! Both the Spider Cave and Afterlife Pass stages were handmade. In fact, they were run by a few of Denver’s best local DJs and stage designers, including everything from the LED boards to the speakers. Every stage appropriately embracing the Halloween theme.

Porter Robinson at Supernatural Festival
Porter Robinson performing in the Supernatural Arena

Superstar Production

Kicking things off in the Supernatural Arena was a b2b featuring Denver locals Trajikk and EKG. Following them was a performance from masked Monstercat artist CloudNone who brought the chill vibes and helped mellow the crowd. Thus, setting the stage for one of the biggest and most highly anticipated sets of the night from none other than Porter Robinson. Due to scheduling conflicts Porter had an earlier than expected time slot at 8:45. However, the stage production was ramped up to full blast and the EDM superstar got the appropriately over-the-top production that any superstar DJ deserves. He even threw a few unexpected twists at the audience dropping both Drum N’ Bass and Psytrance into the mix. A style that isn’t typical for the award winning DJ, however a welcomed surprise that fed the energy and ravaged the minds of the crowd.

Superbass Hall

The chilly October night was heating up over in the Superbass Hall with performances by Bandlez, and Dodge & Fuski. The stage began to fill up quickly in anticipation for Megalodon, as well as one of bass music’s youngest and fastest rising stars, Dion Timmer. What came next was a b2b from Dubstep royalty Barely Alive and Virtual Riot. The heavy-hitting back to back set sent our minds into another dimension with bloodcurdling beats to close out the stage for the night.

Dreamspace

Meanwhile, at the Dreamspace stage, the Denver Trance Family was dancing their hearts out to the sounds of The Thrillseekers, and Roger Shah. Closing out the stage was Dutch trance sensation RAM who brought the uplifting vibes we all needed. Being sure to hit us with some classic hits like ‘RAMsterdam’ and ‘RAMazing’.

Megalodon at Supernatural Festival
Megalodon performing on the Superbass stage

The Final Hours

Back in the Supernatural Arena following Kristian Nairn, fans gathered for a performance by Dharma Worldwide label founder, KSHMR. He kept the party going with his usual blend of Electro House, Big Room, and Psytrance. As KSHMR finished, the Panda Funk squad assembled for a headlining set from the Panda king himself, Deorro. With lights, lasers, and CO2 cannons in overdrive Deorro kept the arena bouncing for the final hour of the night.

As the night came to an end, all the creatures of the night began wandering off to the places from which they came. Overall the hauntingly electric night was a doubtless success. Another one in the bag for the team at Global Dance and enough spine-chilling memories to last until next years spooky season. It’s been said that this year’s rendition of the festival was the biggest to date. And as the event continues to grow and evolve we eagerly await seeing what lies ahead for Supernatural Festival.

Deorro At Supernatural Festival
Deorro closing out the night in the Supernatural Arena

Supernatural Festival 2019: A Haunting Experience Awaits

The weather is finally beginning to cool, and the leaves are beginning to change. In other words, October has arrived, and as per usual Colorado is prepping for quite a busy month full of remarkably spooky events. One of these is one of the state’s biggest and most popular Halloween events, Supernatural Festival. The event is returning to the city of Denver on October 26th at the National Western Complex.

Supernatural Main Stage. As seen on: Global Dance Festival facebook page

After 2016, the team at Global Dance made a difficult decision. They laid to rest Denver’s previous annual Halloween event “Hallowfreaknween”. Hallowfreaknween was once one of Denver’s largest Halloween celebrations. The event had been one of their longest running electronic music events in Colorado. Going strong for an impressive 20 years, it was time for a change. As 2017 came along, it was the dawn of a new era. Supernatural emerged to take its place as the cities new largest Halloween dance festival. The Global Dance team’s reputation for throwing some seriously killer Halloween parties precedes them. You’re certainly not going to want to miss out on this one.

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Before this, previous renditions of Supernatural Festival have been known for bringing the heat with some of the biggest stars in EDM. Some of the artists included Alesso, Kaskade, Boombox Cartel, Audien, BTSM, Infected Mushroom, Gareth Emery, Ferry Corsten, & Ben Nicky . The spine-chilling lineup for the 2019 edition is proving that this year is already shaping up to be no exception.

Supernatural Line Up to Please All

In fact, this year in the Supernatural Arena we can expect to dance the night away to the sounds of Deorro. In addition to this, Trance music duo Gabriel & Dresden, and dance music superstar KSHMR are set to take stage. With a highly anticipated headlining DJ set from the one and only Porter Robinson, the line up just keeps getting better and better. The Game of Thrones actor/DJ Kristian Nairn himself will also be making an appearance as well.

Of course a Halloween event in the Bass Capital wouldn’t be complete without some heavy hitting bass music. Over in the Superbass Hall we can expect things to heat up. Superbass Hall will be bumping all night, with performances by Bandlez, Dodge & Fuski, Megalodon, and Dion Timmer, along with a special B2B set featuring Barely Alive and Virtual Riot.

Supernatural Festival 2019
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Global Dance has recently made another addition to the already stacked lineup. In particular, they announced that Thrill Seekers, RAM, and German Trance sensation Roger Shah will be bringing the Trance vibes to the Dreamspace stage. Accompanying them for the ghoulish occasion are local stars Theoh and Adam Stark, with the locally revered Denver Trance Family. In addition, along with the Dreamspace stage, we can expect some of best local DJs to keep the party going. They will be playing on the newly announced Afterlife Pass and Spider Cave stages. This brings us to a total of 5 stages of pure bloodcurdling beats.

Supernatural Festival 2019

Conclusion

If you’re still unsure about how you’ll celebrate the Halloween season, this year we suggest you make plans to get your freak on in style, with Global Dance family at the National Western Complex this October 26th. So all you witches and werewolves, ghosts and vampires, mummies and goblins, be sure to grab those tickets while you can. Prep those costumes, and prepare for a night full of fantastically spooky tricks and treats. Expect the unexpected and join us as we dive headfirst into the world of Supernatural Festival 2019.

Link to purchase tickets HERE

Full lineup below:

Supernatural Festival 2019