The best EDM in Denver this weekend
GLOBAL DANCE FESTIVAL @ RED ROCKS | FRI, 7/19/13-SUN, 7/21/13 Going strong for ten years, Global Dance Festival is the premier summer event for EDM fans. Changing things up in the past few years, Triad Dragons has expanded offerings to include acts like Beats Antique, EOTO, Big Gigantic and Empire of the Sun. It's a full-on dance party, and this year's lineup will grab you whether you're out for laser-heavy electro-house, bass-in-your-face dubstep or genre-merging jamtronica. This year's headliners include Savoy, Sander Van Doorn, MiM0SA and Gramatik, among others -- including a stage hosted by AA on Saturday night and one hosted by Sub.mission on Sunday. -- Britt Chester
LEE BURRIDGE @ BETA | SAT, 7/20/13 Lee Burridge has been spinning records since the mid-1980s and has rocketed all over the world (including taking up residence in our own fair city for a time), playing all of the biggest clubs and consistently packing dance floors. It takes a special kind of energy to stay relevant and committed after several decades, but as Burridge's sets attest, he's easily maintained a freeflowing style that explores secret places you didn't think house music was capable of going, pulling in elements from all kinds of musical places. Catch him at Beta with the Real Wolfe. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)
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FRIDAY, JULY 19
Celebrate twenty years of MESS at a weekend-long Full Moon Gathering featuring Whitsitt Goodson, Jacob McCoy and Madeleine Delage, with Greg Coffin and tons of local talent holding down the decks in between -- plus a very special surprise guest. Head to the Happy Ass Ranch for a camping trip to remember! (6 p.m., 21+, $20)
Touch Sensitive joins option4 at NORAD with Keepers, Matty Night, DJ Tactics and uncle buck heating up the house -- or Home, as it were. (9 p.m., 21+, $6-$10)
Butch Clancy and Messinian take over the main stage at Beta with Mystical Influence. In the Beatport Lounge, Nutelli (Nutmeg and Tony Rodelli) spin some underground sounds for your dancing pleasure. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)
Your disco fix is waiting at Denver Disco's Friday-night takeover of Bar Standard. This week, catch Blake's Tiger Party (that would be keyboardist Blake Mobley) doing the live-disco thing. (9 p.m., 21+, $5-$10)
SATURDAY, JULY 20
Wattie Green and Jeff Service join Louis Tardona at NORAD, holding down the dancefloor with their tunes. (9 p.m., 21+, $5 before 11 p.m., higher after)
Get a dose of Sonic Bloom from Cervantes' with A Mid Summer Night's Bloom, featuring Kaminanda, Kalya Scintilla, Birds of Paradise, Janover & reSunator, Adham Shaikh, Whitebear, Temple Step Project, bioLuMigen and 2Nutz. (8 p.m., 16+, $20-$25)
Catch Uriah West at House of Buddha Saturdays at the Funky Buddha, where you can dance the night away to the funkiest of tunes. (9 p.m., 18+, free)
Things get bass-heavy at Vinyl with Loudpvck, Tr!ggv, Acario and Deepeddy dropping that sound down into the ground. (9 p.m., 18+, $10)
Still going after the Red Rocks show on Saturday? The Would Shop hosts an after-hours bash presented by AA and featuring Sergei Loginov and special guests -- you'll have to show up to find out who they might be! (12:30 a.m., 21+, $15, $10 with Global Dance Festival ticket)
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