25 Best Ravers and Ragers From Global Dance Festival

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
An estimated crowd of more than 7,000 people came to the Global Dance Festival at Tempe Beach Park this past weekend, most of whom were dressed both warmly and colorfully for the outdoor electronic music massive -- including hordes of attendees in outrageous and over-the-top costumes. Others went with skimpier attire, cold weather be damned.

But no matter what they were (or weren't) wearing, everyone in attendance at the festival was in the mood to go wild and get down to EDM served up by the likes of Steve Aoki, Adventure Club, Crizzly, and Morgan Page, which probably helped everyone stay warm.


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Global Dance Festival: A Field Guide to Tonight's Event

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A Global Dance Festival attendee during the event's stop in Colorado.
Downtown Tempe is in no danger of running low on electronic dance music or off-the-chain dance parties anytime soon, what with the clubs of Mill Avenue pumping out four-on-the-floor jams and killer drops most nights. The clamor of beats and bass coming from Tempe is going to get even louder tonight when the Global Dance Festival, one of the region's biggest up-and-coming dance events, rolls into town tonight boasting EDM thrills and plenty of opportunities to rage.

The tour, which originated in Colorado in 1999 as a one-off called Rave on the Rocks, has become a multi-city electronic wonderland and rage fest that's not only making its debut in Arizona but will be the first-ever dance music massive staged at Tempe Beach Park.

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No, Bloodfest This Weekend Isn't Using Real Blood -- Human or Otherwise

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Jeremiah Toller
A scene from last year's Bloodfest.
The first thing you should know about this Saturday's Bloodfest out in Mesa is that the titular liquid that will drench attendees isn't composed of plasma, erythrocytes, platelets, or leukocytes. Instead, it's a mixture of water, various dyes, and other non-toxic ingredients.

Despite what you may have heard or read online, the infamous underground dance party, which is has taken place every year since 2004, uses stage blood created by special effects companies, and not the life-giving substance that pumps through our veins.

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Skrillex Embraces Brostep, and Is Anyone Surprised?

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Jason Nocito
Skrillex's music has much more cultural influence than his hair.

It's easy to hate on Skrillex or even just razz the dude. Probably since the erstwhile screamo frontman, once known as Sonny Moore, is sui generis and a polarizing figure in electronic dance music who provides critics with plenty of ammunition. For starters, there's that funky hairstyle (a.k.a. the "Skrillet") and "fuck you" attitude, his largely teenage fanbase, bro-tastic friendship with Deadmau5, and, of course, the demented brand of bass-heavy and fidgety EDM that propelled him to superstardom and, depending on who's doing the dissing, ruined dubstep forever.

Many have sampled the haterade when it comes to Skrillex (like the Burning Man attendees who may or may not have booed him and Diplo after their duo Jack U ended a set with "Turn Down for What," just for the lulz) but would probably agree that when it comes to his overwhelming success, the 26-year-old is unassailable. Like it or not, Skrillex and his style of EDM helped light the fuse on electronic music's resurgence in 2011, gave it a massive paradigm shift, won several Grammys, fostered the careers of producers like Seven Lions and Jack Beats (via Skrillex's popular vanity label, OWSLA), and has made more money in a single year than you'll see in six lifetimes.

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Emma Hewitt and Crizzly Added to the Lineup of November's Global Dance Festival in Tempe

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Emma Hewitt is scheduled to perform at the Global Dance Festival in Tempe on Friday, November 21,
Next month's Global Dance Festival in Tempe just got more global. Organizers of the outdoor electronic dance music massive at Tempe Beach Park announced two additions to its lineup yesterday that might get fans of both kinky bass and vocal trance stoked for the event.

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Steve Aoki to Headline Global Dance Festival at Tempe Beach Park

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Steve Aoki will headline Arizona's first Global Dance Festival

On the heels of last Friday's wild Mad Decent Block Party, Phoenix electronic dance music promoters Relentless Beats announced another huge EDM concert coming to Phoenix: Global Dance Festival.

The Arizona iteration of the party is scheduled for Friday, November 21, at Tempe Beach Park.

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The 50 Biggest Ragers at the Mad Decent Block Party 2014

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
Raagggggge!
Thousands upon thousands came to Rawhide Western Town in Chandler this past Friday, all of whom had pretty much the same goal in mind -- partying their asses off at the Valley's biggest electronic dance music event of the year, the Mad Decent Block Party.

They came clad in off-kilter costumes, neon-colored clothing, snarky t-shirts bearing such declaratives as "Sorry Dad" and "Roll Hard or Go Home," or very little clothing at all. And they transformed an acre of grass on the grounds of the kitschy theme park into a flashy and frenetic wonderland of raging fueled by the music of Diplo, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, and other Mad Decent DJs and performers. (Hell, rapper Waka Flocka Flame even showed up to party.)


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Autobot of Flosstradamus: "There's Always Going to Be Haters, No Matter What You Do"

Categories: EDM, Q&A, hip-hop

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J2K (left) and Autobot of Flosstradamus.
In the 2013 mini-documentary chronicling the rise of the Mad Decent Block Party, ├╝ber-producer and festival founder Diplo has a bit of advice for anyone who performs at the event: "If you're an act, don't play after Flosstradamus," he says. "That's really hard."

It's a simple edict that illustrates not only the Chicago-based duo's prominence in Mad Decent land (and the realms of both dance music and trap they occupy), but also their abilities as party instigators and performers.

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Mad Decent Block Party 2014: A Field Guide to Friday's Event

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Coming to Metro Phoenix on Friday.
Your dance music pals are most definitely going. Ditto for some of the hip-hop heads you see hanging out at an average Blunt Club, those indie kids who are always gushing over STRFKR or Phantogram outside of Jobot, and probably a good portion of Scottsdale's club crowd, all of whom will be bound for Rawhide Western Town this weekend to check out the Mad Decent Block Party's inaugural visit to Metro Phoenix.

Members of the local rave scene, however, may or may not be there.

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Deadmau5 Has Gone to War With Disney

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Timothy Norris
Deadmau5 vs. Disney is like David vs. Goliath, where David is 10 feet tall and Goliath 300.

By Liz Ohanesian

You probably know Deadmau5 as the DJ who wears the giant mouse mask on his head.

Lately, he's been battling with another famous rodent -- Mickey Mouse. Or, more specifically, Disney.

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