Adventure to Global Dance Festival: Malaysian Safari’s Festival Guide

There is less than a week left until Global Dance Festival takes on Sports Authority Field in Denver, CO for two nights filled of bass. Although this has been a big move for the festival, the improvements and expansions it offers will make it even more unforgettable. In order to help our readers, Malaysian Safari is putting together a Festival Survival Guide filled of tips to help fully enjoy Global Dance.

Attendees will soon take over Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Some pro tips are listed below for attending festivals. Here is a link to specific rules for attendees.

Survival Tips:

  1. Always bring a refillable water bottle or camel back. Stay hydrated!
  2. Fanny pack, fanny pack. A necessity to making your life 100% easier and more accessible.
  3. If you’re anything like me, always remember to put sunscreen- even if it’s cloudy!! Those rays will make sure to get your gorgeous self.
  4. Make sure to explore the festival grounds to discover hidden gems. Global Dance will have food trucks, arcade games, and more!
  5. Buddy system is probably one of the most important things you can have. Always travel with a buddy so you’re guaranteed to not lose all your friends.

    Make sure to always have your buddy.

  6. Going along with that, have a meeting spot that is easily found and not confused if you do get separated.
  7. Portable charges are a must- because phone batteries always drain so quickly at festivals. You can even go the extra step of writing everyone’s numbers down in case of an emergency.
  8. For our rail riding headbanging freaks, pack your earplugs so you can still hear after being blasted with bass for hours.
  9. Although you would think it’s common sense, wear deodorant. We all sweat, but smelling all natural body odor is not pleasant. Your mother, Malaysian Safari, and fell headbangers will thank you.
  10. Wear comfy shoes that you don’t care getting ruined. Open toed shoes at your own risk 100% guarantee you will be stepped on.

    Well these girls probably had their shoes trashed.

  11. Don’t go too hard too quick. Pace yourself, enjoy the day. Your pocket and stomach will thank you.
  12. Always stash some emergency money somewhere. We recommend, if you have a solid color, your phone case.
  13. Wear pants with zippers. That way if you do put something in it, it is easier to keep secure and safe.
  14. Always know what is going on around you. Some people suck and will try to steal stuff. Be aware, and even though its cliche, see something, say something.
  15. Plan ahead for the festival by making a schedule for yourself of all the artist you want to see with set times and stages. Make this your home screen so its easy to access and uses less battery.

    Relaxing in the shade is always a good way to recoup before the next artist.

  16. Take advantage of shade and seated areas. It’s important to take a moment to breathe and get out of the sun.
  17. Prepare for the weather. If its cloudy or chance of rain, pack a clear poncho to show off your outfit but stay dry.
  18. Make sure to have a good healthy food and drink plenty of water leading up to the festival. Helps with energy and being prepared!
  19. Watch your drinks and only take things from people you trust. No reason to get freaky from the unknown!
  20. Be kind to everyone you meet! If you see someone who may need help or not having a fun time, reach out.

    Love and be kind to each other.

    For more information about Global Dance you can go here. Don’t forget to purchase tickets (GA and VIP still available) before Friday!! Have fun and stay updated through our Facebook page.

Countdown to the 15th Global Dance Festival

In just one month, Colorado will welcome back Global Dance Festival on July 21 and 22 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. Previously, the festival has been hosted at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. From this move comes a silent disco area, free arcade games and rides, art gallery, and more. The lineup is stacked with a variety of artist from two of the biggest dubstep artist, Datsik and Excision, playing a back-to-back set to Hardwell for house music fans. Everyone attending the festival will be guaranteed to have an amazing experience from the lineup to the extra activities to do. Below is a full lineup including silent disco. To check out attractions or questions, go to this link.

Get your tickets now at this link for GA and here for VIP.

Malaysian Safari took the opportunity to interview people from across the country to ask them about Global Dance and this is what they have to say.

Q: To get an idea about you guys, what is your age, location, and what you do?

Parker: “I am 25 years old and from Baltimore, Maryland. I am a student and work a number of jobs including catering, promoting, and marketing for a computer programming startup.”

Vance: “I am 19 years old and from Durango, Colorado. I am a full time student studying economics at CSU.”

Josh: “I am 23 years old, working full time, and from Miami, Florida.”

Joe: “I am from Chicago going to school in Colorado and 20 years old.”

Q: What are your expectations for Global Dance based on previous experience or by reviews?

Parker: “I have heard a lot of great things about Global Dance. Although I have never been before, the line up is incredible and can’t wait!”

Vance: “The positive energy brought by fans to connect as one and freedom to express yourself.”

Josh: “I expect to listen to some of my favorite artist, dance a lot, and meet new people.”

Joe: “I plan to have a lot of fun and put out a lot of energy.”

Q: How do you feel about it being moved from Red Rocks Amphitheatre to Sports Authority Field at Mile High?

Parker: “Red Rocks is a very cool venue but I think Mile High Stadium will be a lot of fun. The festival will still be out doors and that is a big draw for me.”

Vance: “This is going to be my first Global Dance Festival and honestly was looking forward to Red Rocks. On the up side I am excited to see how it changes and grows being at a bigger venue.”

Josh: “I am really disappointment because Red Rocks is a beautiful venue. On the other hand, its more about the people and the music rather than the venue so on that note I’m excited to see more people at this venue.”

Joe: “I would prefer to have a it at Red Rocks but it will be cool to have it at a larger venue.”

Q: Other than the music, what part of the festival are you looking most forward to? Rides, arcade games, etc?

Parker: “One of my favorite things about festivals is the food! I think many cool vendors will be at Global Dance and hopefully I’ll get to try some new things.”

Vance: “Rides will be a really cool thing to experience at a festival, I have never been to one with rides before.”

Josh: “I look forward to seeing all the different outfits that people will wear.”

Joe: “Positive vibes and energy plus meeting new people.”

Q: What artist are you most excited to see and why?

Parker: “I cannot wait to see Ephwurd or Funtcase,they have always been some of my favorites.”

Vance: “I am so excited to see the back-to-back with Excision and Datsik, I have been waiting for along time for them to come together.”

Josh: “Porter Robertson is who I am most looking forward because of the vibes his sets bring.”

Joe: “Nero and Kaskade are my top two artist and they got me into EDM.”

Q: When attending a festival, such as Global Dance, what is your ritual for getting ready?

Parker: “I always make sure I’m hydrated for the few days running up to the festival and make sure I have all my gear together; Camelback, sunscreen, ear plugs and some dope outfits.”

Vance: “I enjoy getting ready with friends and eating a good meal before we go.”

Josh: “Showering, always eating an over-easy egg sandwich before every festival, and drinking water.”

Joe: “I worry about my personal hygiene then get decked out in my rave gear including LED shoes and bandanas.”

Q: Any additional comments you’d like to make regarding the festival?

Parker: “I have never been to a festival this far away from Maryland. I am super excited to see the different type of set-up and people it brings.”

Vance: “I’m excited to see the set up for a festival at a football stadium.”

Josh:” I love going with a good group of friends and have a great time.”

Joe: “Rave on and be safe- come find me fellow ravers!”

Flume Shakes Red Rocks

Courtesy of runthetrap.com

Courtesy of runthetrap.com

One of the most anticipated shows of the summer 16’ Red Rocks season, Flume played along with Vince Staples and Chrome Sparks at the infamous amphitheater on August 18th. The enormous venue with a capacity bordering on 10,000 was packed to the brim with a lively crowd. Opening with “Holdin On” and closing an encore with “Take a Chance” feat. Little Dragon, Flume primarily played songs from his newest album Skin.

Playing from about 9:50 to 11:20, his set did feel unfortunately short and left out a few singles such as “Some Minds” and “Collarbones” that could have rounded out a crowd-pleasing show. We all love Harley (Flume) for his goofy nature and light-hearted Instagram posts, and his commentary during the show was airy and fun. He echoed the common sentiment that playing Red Rocks drew an enormous crowd to which he received an enthusiastic response.

Flume will be headed east to continue his world tour, including ten shows in (his birthplace) Australia, with many dates sold out worldwide.

Courtesy of runthetrap.com

Courtesy of runthetrap.com

 

 

It’s Not an Earthquake, It’s Basscenter

Courtesy of Bassnectar.net

Bassnectar’s much anticipated 2-day Basscenter festival took place this past weekend in Commerce City, Colorado. With a fully loaded lineup including esteemed artists like Flying Lotus, Flux Pavilion, Porter Robinson, and Wu-Tang Clan, this festival was instilled with the kindness and artistry established at it’s inaugural show in 2010 at Madison Square Garden.

Nearly 50k attendees enjoyed the state-of-the-art sound and light systems highlighting the incredible talent brought together for Basscenter  before, during, and after the main-stage show. Bassnectar’s multimedia team premiered works and collaborations with renown visual artists worldwide, including new visuals for the Unlimited Album which electrified the audience well into Friday and Saturday nights.

FlyLo was very vocal and interactive with the crowd, regularly throwing out his two cents and getting a positive return when telling the crowd to throw their blunts on stage. Flux played a killer, pounding set from start to finish with little reprieve. Porter’s set was beautiful and bass-heavy, essentially playing his World’s set but incorporating some darker themes with his iconic anime-style visuals. Wu-Tang Clan was hype as expected, with a huge high-energy crew on stage. Lorin (Bassnectar) himself was spectacular as always, incorporating mind-melting visuals and speaking intimately with the crowd about the festival.

The bass was so extreme at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park that Commerce City residents mistook the many, many drops for an earthquake. One complaint brought before the city council by local Joe Quillin has already been remixed and garnered over 130,000 views.

Courtesy of Bassnectar.net

While the booming sound may not have been music to everyone’s ears, this was a festival marked by compassion: Bassnectar, the many ambassadors, and the attending bass heads all contributed to an inspiring community environment. The bass head cleanup that has occurred at previous festivals continued the “leave it like you found it” mentality, leaving a spotless stadium and camp ground. During his Friday night set, Lorin asked everyone to make a new friend and checked Saturday to see if everyone had (by way of loud cheering from the packed stadium).

Charitable contributions were made throughout the festival through a number of venues. The Dollar Per Bass Head charity fund allocated $1 for each ticket sold, amounting to an impact of $50K simply for attendance. Food donations to Conscious Alliance will provide 1,200 meals to families and the Bass Network donation drive collected school supplies to benefit the Denver Public School Foundation and 14 schools in the Denver area. The distribution of reusable Nalgene flasks saved over 20,000 disposable plastic bottles.

The good vibes of Basscenter were carefully calculated by Lorin himself along with a dedicated team of ambassadors, and felt widespread by all who attended. This incredibly well-planned and orchestrated event was a privilege to attend for new and old bass heads alike.

Courtesy of Bassnectar.net

 

 

 

 

 

GRiZ Sets the Tone for Upcoming Tour With New Release “The Anthem”

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It’s been a busy few weeks for GRiZ, the electro-funk legend, as he has been releasing new music and announcing tour dates.  Say it Loud World Tour begins in April starting in Asheville, NC.  GRiZ will be making his way around the U.S. with the Floozies through May and then will be attending some of the largest music festivals, including What The Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival.  If you miss the chance to catch GRiZ on tour, you can see the saxophone god at one of the most famous venues;  GRiZ will be closing off the summer with The Floozies, Manic Focus, Sunsquabi, and Muzzy Bearr at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.   GRiZ fans are so excited for this show that pre-sale tickets sold out in less than two hours!  You can still buy tickets here for this amazing show.

Recently, GRiZ has been releasing new music including Stop Trippin’ and A Fine Way to Die.  The Anthem (ft. Mike Avery) was released just a few days ago and it is worth the listen.  Keeping his music consistent with his future funk styles, The Anthem includes saxophone played by himself and vocals by Mike Avery and Los Angeles Children’s Choir. Read what GRiZ has to say about his latest release:

“For this record I first went out to New York to record with some of the daptone records guys to get the main groove Of the tune. Then I had to travel out to Van Nyus to record a children’s choir, which was the most nerve racking thing I have done in my entire life! Having a group of 7-11 year olds sing your song is quite the feeling. I then finished up the song with Mike Avery in Chicago. He was one super soulful dude and really captured the golden era funk vibes that I love so much. Overall, this is a song that is a total funk dance party. Enjoy with friends, preferably in a room full of disco balls :)”

GRiZ: Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Tour Dates

The String Cheese Incident Returns to Red Rocks with Amazing Guests!

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There’s seriously nothing I want more right now than to live in Colorado and have the Red Rocks Amphitheater in my back yard. First Bassnectar announces his return to the beautiful outdoor paradise of a venue, and now Colorado local jam band, The String Cheese Incident, is announcing theirs! To put the icing on the cake, SCI’s three night run will be accompanied by crowd favorites Twiddle (7/24), Dopapod (7/25), and Nahko and Medicine for the People (7/26). People will be sure to travel far and wide for this one.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, February 3rd at 11am MST through SCI Ticketing, followed by a public on sale beginning Friday, February 6th at 11am MST.

Get Ready for Paper Diamond’s Upcoming Releases

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Within the past few years, Paper Diamond has been moving his way up in the EDM world and he is finally at the point in his career where all producers wish to be. Paper D is living the life as he has been on tour with incredible artists including Bassnectar, Son of Kick, Big Gigantic, and many more.  He has been given new opportunities that he could have never imagined years ago, such as performing at infamous venues including Madison Square Garden in New York City earlier this October.   When Paper Diamond is not on tour, he is usually taking care of his Chow Chow, Puppy Diamond, yet he still has time to produce new music for his paper die-hard fans!  Finally, the heavy trap artist from Colorado just finished his latest EP and will announce the release details next week.  For now, Paper D will start to put out his unreleased remixes on Soundcloud within the next few weeks.

We have all been waiting anxiously for his new music and now Paper Diamond is excited to release his latest remix,  Tinashe’s 2On feat. SchoolboyQ.  Check out his remix here and download for free!

Stay in tune for more details regarding his new EP!  Also, be sure to check out this amazing painting of Puppy Diamond by Jenny Klug, an honorary Malaysian Safari member!  Malaysian Safari brought this sign to Bassnectar and Paper Diamond in Wallingford, CT, representing the Safari Squad.

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Lastly, check out this picture of me (Lauren Ravert) with the great Paper Diamond himself, taken in Knoxville, TN last January!  I’m a huge fan of Paper Diamond, having seen him live three times now and I am very excited for him to release new tracks.  Keep the great music coming, Paper Diamond!

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Paper Diamond: Facebook • Twitter •  Soundcloud • Instagram

Puppy Diamond: Instagram

Big Gigantic’s “Rowdytown III” With Special Guest Stars

Big Gigantic’s annual hometown show at the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheater, Rowdytown, has a special guest preforming along side with them.  This year, members of The Motet will be joining saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken, creating a first time Big Gigantic live band experience.  The Motet is a the Colorado-based band started by Lalli and his Colorado homies.  Known for world-class improvisational funk, The Motet has expanded to disco, afrobeat, and electronic music.  Lalli is thrilled to be reunited with these talented musicians.

Additionally, this special performance will take place on both nights of the two night event.  Lalli expresses his excitement about this year’s performance, “The shows have been so big and your support has been so gigantic, we’ve expanded to 2 NIGHTS THIS YEAR!!!”  Get ready to see Big Gigantic’s first ever live band on September 26th and 27th, as well as many other great artists including Savoy, DVBBS, Trippy Turtle, The Floozies, The New Deal, Caked Up, and HeRobust.

Get tickets here to this special Big Gigantic event!