By Akshay Bhansali
In its 12th year running, Global Dance Festival was meant to be a three-day euphoric celebration of the very best in electronica, set at Morrison, Colorado’s picturesque Red Rocks Amphitheater. Knife Party, Hardwell, Above & Beyond, 12th Planet, Kill The Noise, Felix Cartal, Wolfgang Gartner and Dillon Francis are among the artists slated to perform.
Today, they join the world in grieving alongside the neighboring town of Aurora. Roughly a 30-45 minute drive from Morrison, Aurora was struck by tragedy early this morning (July 20) when a lone gunman opened fire on moviegoer’s at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 and injuring 38.
Global Dance Festival could not be reached for comment at press time, but it appears the show will go on as planned this evening, with one artist already planning to dedicate his headlining set to the memory of those tragically lost in Aurora. In a written statement to MTV News, Swedish House Mafia member and veteran house music DJ/producer Steve Angello said:
"I'd like to express my deepest condolences to the families of those affected by the horrible events in Aurora, Colorado. It's unfair that so many precious lives were lost in this tragedy and during a leisure activity that so many of us participate in every day. Tonight's performance at Global Dance Festival is dedicated to the memory of those we lost in Aurora, Colorado."