International artists overtake Copper Mountain for Altitude Anonymous music festival
IF YOU GO ...
What: Altitude Anonymous.
When: Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19.
Where: Copper Mountain Resort.
Cost: Prices range from $40 to $99.99, plus fees, with one-day, two-day and three-day passes available.
More information: The event is 21 and older. Purchase tickets online at afterhoursanonymous.co/altitude2016 or at the door.
Out of the clubs and onto the slopes, Copper Mountain Resort will be transformed this weekend as international DJs head to Summit County for the third annual Altitude Anonymous. The festival brings a diverse mix of artists spinning underground house and techno music to the mountains for three days of events, today through Sunday.
Thrown by Denver-based promoters AfterHours Anonymous, the festival opens with a welcoming party at 4 p.m. outside on Jack’s Deck in Center Village with Bones, a DJ from Denver. The party moves inside at 8:30 p.m. to the Upper Conference Center for YokoO until 2 a.m. A change from last year, event organizers decided to move the late-night shows inside for the ambiance, and to extend the hours from midnight to 2 a.m.
“It’s a little more intimate, and it stays darker, too, which is better for our lighting and the music,” said Colin Chmielewski, co-founder of AfterHours Anonymous. The company, based in Denver, routinely throws a variety of club, warehouse and rooftop parties in the city.
The festival has grown since its inception in 2014, with more headliners and a full lineup of music scheduled for Sunday.
“The lineup — as far as the international talent we are bringing in — the lineup has almost doubled in size,” Chmielewski said. “When you get down to looking at the lineup … as far as this year’s offering, it’s much more diverse than previous years. … This year, we definitely went out of our way to make sure we had some genres that we hadn’t had represented previously.”
This year’s headliners include Monika Kruse, Lee Foss, Paul Woolford, Nu, Huxley, Lane 8, YokoO, Christian Martin, Thomas Gandey and Jon Charnis, along with a variety of supporting acts. Some of the DJs are coming from France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
“We do regular warehouse and club events down in Denver, and the success of that, the growth of that, has all been based off of the magnitude of artists we’ve been able to get, being able to get some of the top names to come play in Denver,” Chmielewski said. “The lineup is ultimately what will draw people and raise their eyebrows, but our goal with Copper and kind of what we are hoping comes to fruition this year is that people see that the experience more as a whole — being able to get out into the mountains, get out of the city and enjoy hearing music in a different setting that you won’t be able to the rest of the year at the base of the mountain.
“Having the festival at Copper gives it a sense of community over the weekend because it’s a small village — all you have to do is get up there, and you can walk to everything. Everything you need for the weekend is there.”
Chmielewski said he is looking forward to Nu on Saturday’s lineup, as the music is deeper and more melodic, which will be great heading into the sunset to close out the outdoor set. He thinks Coloradans will recognize the Dirtybird label under which Christian Martin resides, along with Lee Foss, who comes to the state often.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online at afterhoursanonymous.co/altitude2016 and will also be available at the door for the 21 and older event.
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