These 10 music festivals are guaranteed to make 2017 your best festival season yet!
Every year in Colorado there comes a point where the weather starts to warm, all of the snow starts to melt, and the trees start to grow their leaves back. In Colorado, this is when all of the snow kings and snow queens come down from the mountains to trade in their snow boots and lift passes for sunglasses and festival passes. Spring in Colorado is pretty spectacular for a long list of reasons, but the diverse range of concerts and festivals that spring alongside the leaves on the trees is one of the top reasons Colorado is the paramount place to spend your festival season.
Here is a list of the biggest and baddest shows taking place in Colorado during the 2017 festival season.
1. Westword Music Showcase (June 24th in Denver, CO)
No matter what your taste in music is this event is virtually guaranteed to be a blast! Every year Broadcasting & Media Production Company Denver Westword hosts this escapade in the Denver neighborhood Golden Triangle. Golden Triangle is home to Colorado’s State Capitol, Civic Center Park, The Denver Art Museum (my personal favorite), and many other amazing cultural cornerstones in Denver. Festival organizers nominate over 800 bands to determine which artists will be included in that year’s lineup. These artists come from genres all across the board with Electronic Music, Indie Rock, and Alternative being just a few of the genres you will hear at Denver’s Westword Music Showcase. Past festivals included artists like Dillion Francis, Cherub, 2Chainz, Diplo, Cold War Kids, Flume, Macklemore, and many other big name artists who play alongside local bands across 15 stages! So far only a few artists have been confirmed for the 2017 festival, such as Shakey Graves, The Revivalists, and Bob Moses. But don’t worry, there will be MANY more artists added to the lineup as the show’s start date approaches. To keep up with the latest lineup updates go to the festivals official website Here
2. Global Dub Festival (5/20 in Morrison, CO)
Bass heads rejoice! From the same people who bring you Decadence NYE, Hallow Freakn’Ween, and Skylab, Global Dance brings a knockout lineup of heavy bass hitters to the one and only Red Rocks Amphitheater for Global Dub Festival 2017. This year’s headliners include Colorado favorites Flux Pavilion, Illenium, and Crizzly all of which have some of their strongest fan bases concentrated right here in the mile high city. Whether you’re the biggest dubstep fan on the planet or just looking for something to do while in Colorado, Global Dub Festival is one of the most unique chances to hear some good music while laying witness to why Red Rocks is considered one of greatest venues on earth.
So bust out those fluffy boots and come see why Colorado is known as the Bass Capital of the USA at Global Dub Festival on 5/20 at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
3. Vans Warped Tour (6/31 in Denver, CO)
It’s probably a safe assumption that you’re not the same person from back in your middle school days. Most of us have traded in our checkered vans and band tee shirts from Hot Topic for nice work clothes and sweatpants our parents bought us from the campus book store. Nonetheless, when a Blink-182 song randomly comes on the radio, it inspires a little trip down memory lane. Well go ahead and dust off those high top Vans & Chuck Taylors sitting in the back of your closet and take that trip down memory lane this July 31st at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. This July Vans Warped Tour is making a pit stop in the mile high city to bring you the some of the same music you rocked out to on your old black & white iPod. Some of these bands on Warped Tour’s Denver lineup include Good Charlotte, Sum 41 (I know right?!), New Found Glory, Bullet for my Valentine, 3OH!3, and Yellowcard!
*Picks up jaw from the floor
Yes you read that right, the bands who brought you the anthems of your childhood like In Too Deep, Lifestyles of the Rich & the Famous, All Down Here from Here, My Friends Over You, and Ocean Avenue will be right here in Colorado performing just down the street! You do NOT want to miss this opportunity, tickets are currently on sale so get yours before the rest of the 90’s baby hear the news as well.
4. Bass Center (TBA in Commerce City)
Did someone say BASSNECTAR?! That’s right, the bass god with a cult-like following comes to Colorado every year to rock the local music scene to its core (figuratively and literally). It’s hard to throw a rock anywhere in Colorado without hitting a Bassnectar fan. In fact, Colorado is home to one of the largest (if not the largest) Bassnectar fan bases. Up until 2016, Bassnectar hosted a 3-day show at Red Rocks Amphitheater until the city of Morrison had passed volume regulations for the venue. Because of the new sound limits, Nectar took his annual multi-day festival to Commerce City for Bass Center 2016. Alongside Nectar himself other artists on Bass Center’s bill included headliners such as Lupe Fiasco, Porter Robinson, Wu-Tang Clan, Flying Lotus, and Flux Pavilion. Bassnectar’s set was actually so loud that Commerce City residents had made official complaints about the noise. Following last year’s show, a town hall meeting was held where residents who lived 5+ miles from the venue had claimed that Bassnectar’s set was so loud they thought there was an actual earthquake! Now that’s what I would call some pretty heavy bass! I don’t know about you, but the opportunity to attend a concert so loud it simulates an actual earthquake is electrifying! Although there is no date or location officially confirmed, Lorin Ashton (aka Bassnectar) referred to Bass Center in a statement released from his official website discussing upcoming shows in 2017.
“All you fortunetellers trying to predict when the next Bass Center will be, let’s just say it will be spread across 3 days, on one of the largest 3-day holiday weekends of the year…”
So despite the absence of any official statements (so far), it’s safe to say that Nectar will be bringing his annual 3-day “earthquake” simulation back to Colorado sometime in 2017! If we had to take a guess based on Lorin’s announcement, it will mostly happen in May over Memorial Day weekend-but keep your eyes peeled!
5. Flosstradamus Presents HDYFEST (4/20 in Morrison, CO)
Last year, along with their genre defining trap music, Flosstradamus hand-picked Red Rocks Amphitheatre to premier their first ever headlining festival HDYFEST 4/20. The infamous electronic duo decided the #1 place in the world to have their own festival was not Los Angeles or New York, but right here in the 303! Flosstradamus is another one of groups who have developed a cult like following over the years, with all the HDYBOYZ and HDYGIRLZ reping their warning sign bandannas and flags at virtual any electronic festival you go to (even the ones where Floss is not included on the lineup). So when they decided to come to Colorado for the national grass-rolling holiday, fans from all across the nation came to witness this once in a lifetime opportunity. Now that almost a year has passed since their last show here, Flosstradamus decided to come back for more this year, and they’re bringing friends along for the ride. Flosstradamus will be bringing What So Not, GRYFFIN, and Branchez to share the stage with them at Red Rocks Amphitheatre April 20th, 2017. This is a show you do not want to miss! Flosstradamus are modern day Rolling Stones in the Electronic Dance Music culture and based on past issues between members (and a few momentary breakups) this opportunity may not come around again anytime soon.
Tickets are currently being sold on Red Rock’s official website so get yours before they are gone!
6. Metallica Worldwide Tour (6/7 in Denver, CO)
Alright, obviously this number on the list isn’t technically a “festival”. But still, this is METALLICA we are talking about! These guys are living legends and for the first time in 10 years they will be performing just down the street at Sports Authority field in Denver! For those of you who favor the rock/metal genre to others, there is even more good news that comes attached to this concert announcement. Metal band Avenged Sevenfold will also be performing on this tour’s Denver stop, making this event paramount to all the currently scheduled rock concerts. These guys have been around since the 1980’s, and they rock out just as hard as they did almost 40 years ago when they first hit the stage. In 2010 the Rolling Stone Magazine put Metallica on their “100 Greatest Artists of all Time” list. But Metallica’s legendary status doesn’t stop there; MTV rated Metallica as the 3rd “Greatest Heavy Metal Band in History”, VH1 put the band at #42 on their “100 Greatest Artists of All-Time” list as well as #1 on their “20 Greatest Metal Band” list. Metallica has secured their place in history as the 3rd best-selling band in history, and was also inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with their 19 Grammy Award nominations and 8 total Grammy Awards. Even after they are gone, Metallica will still be one of those bands forever immortalized in rock n’ roll history.
Luckily for all of us, they are still alive and well! Do not miss your chance to see this legendary band when they perform on 6/7 at Sports Authority Field in Denver, CO. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster and currently run from $72 for stadium seats to $250 for GA floor seats. This may seem a little steep for one concert ticket, but you can’t really put a price on attending history.
7. Underground Music Showcase (TBA)
Every year Denver is home to the Underground Music Showcase, the state’s biggest independent music festival year-round. The 2017 festival will be the 17th anniversary of the Underground Music Showcase in Colorado, and it’s one not to miss. Whether you are looking for something fun to do in the Mile High City or are a big fan of checking out the local music scene, this festival is a unique chance to see what artists around the state have to offer on stage. Festival organizers focus on bringing local talent to the attention of residents who may otherwise not get the chance to hear the musicians in the same neighborhood as them. While there are some national acts on the bill, 100s of local artists from all different genres play at multiple venue locations across the city during the span of the festival.
There have not been official dates confirmed (last year it was from 7/24-7/27) but you can find information about the 2017 festival on The Official UMS Website
8. Mad Decent Block Party (TBA)
During the summer of 2008, current DJ and Mad Decent record label owner Thomas Wesley Pentz (aka Diplo) threw a giant block party “just for fun” in the streets of Philadelphia. Diplo and his team got a city permit, asked the people living in the neighborhood if it was okay to setup speakers and play some music, blocked off the street with caution tape, and threw a giant block party which anyone in the neighborhood could come by to have a good time. Little did Diplo know (or anyone else for that matter) this would be the start of what came to be known as the Mad Decent Block Party. Since that summer day in 2008, the Mad Decent Block Party has expanded to an international tour, from dates in every major city in America to places around the globe like Canada, Germany, Austria, South Africa, New Zealand, and even Indonesia! Last year Mad Decent brought major EDM talents like Alison Wonderland, Diplo, Galantis, Jauz, and Mija to Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. Mad Decent Block Party has a reputation all over the country for being a wild high-energy event with a house party vibe. Unfortunately, due to the same noise restrictions at Red Rocks which prompted Bassnectar to move his 3-day festival, Mad Decent Block Party is rumored not to be hosting its 2017 Denver stop in Morrison. Nonetheless, every single year Mad Decent brings major EDM artists to our neighborhood and it’s a very safe bet that they will do the same this year.
Keep your eyes peeled for additional information about Denver’s 2017 Mad Decent Block Party on Mad Decent’s Official Website
9. Arise Music Festival (8/4 in Loveland, CO)
Arise Music Festival is one of Colorado’s diamond in the dusts. This magnificent event that takes place surrounded by national forests at the Sunrise Ranch in Loveland Colorado. At Arise Music Festival patrons get to camp out in the beautiful Colorado front ranch for 3 days and 3 nights with everything from yoga classes, creative workshops, and of course a long list of super talented musicians performing so you can dance the night away. Artists on the bill for this year’s 2017 festival include famous underground rapper Atmosphere, Electronic DJ Tipper, and this years special headliner Dopapod. This festival is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the beautiful nature Colorado has to offer while enjoying good music, good vibes, and creatively stimulating experiences. Tickets and additional information can be found Here
10. The Paradox Tour (3/17 in Broomfield, CO)
Despite the fact this item comes in last on our top 10 list, this show is an undisputed “must” to put on your festival calendar this year. Excision is another electronic artist who gets major street cred in the Bass Capital of the USA. Excision is known all around the country for his mind-blowing dubstep mixes, while equally known for bringing breathtaking stage productions to accompany his music. If you’re one of the lucky individuals who has laid witness to one of Excision’s stage productions (such as his executioner stage) you also probably think it would be near impossible to top. Well, I am here to tell you that Excision has not only topped his executioner stage, but has also given a glimpse into the future of stage production by premiering his new stage The Paradox. This bad boy includes a collection of speakers totaling 150,000 watts of bass, never before seen visuals using 3-D mapping, thousands of LED lights and lasers all in perfect synchronization with one another, and depending on venue size can measure up to 420+ square feet. Luckily for the residents of Colorado, Excision is bringing back this epic stage to 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO on March 17th and he is bringing friends with him. Artists such as Cookie Monsta, Caspa, Barley Alive, and Don Timmer will be sharing the stage with Excision-bringing all 150,000 watts along for the ride. This years show is a 2 day event and tickets can be either purchased for Friday, Saturday, or both days via a 2-day pass.
Tickets and additional information can be found here.