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MP3 TAKES: Monstercat’s DANCEPORATION 2023 [Review]

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On September 21, 2023, Denver’s Meow Wolf Convergence Station reverberated with the powerful beats and ethereal vibes of Monstercat‘s artists. This DANCEPORATION takeover was far from just another event – it was a nexus of auditory and visual sensations, merging artistry with electric atmosphere. What set this DANCEPORATION apart was its transition from the regular confines of the Perplexiplex to a vast, multi-dimensional 90,000 sq ft expanse.

A Stellar Lineup Comes Alive

Meow Wolf Denver, known for its psychedelic visuals and atmospheric music stages, joined forces with the Canadian powerhouse, Monstercat. As the doors of the Convergence Station swung open at 9:30 pm, the night was charged with anticipation.

Godlands Gives Trap Music a Home in the Land Down Under

Headliners such as Infected Mushroom, Koven, Godlands, ShockOne, and Whales brought their A-game, while local talents like Broken Skyline and SOUNDKISSED showcased Denver’s pulsating electronic heart.

A World of Colorful Exploration

Just as with Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage, DANCEPORATION offered fans the freedom to wander, explore, and immerse themselves in the spellbinding world of Meow Wolf. As stages sprung to life amidst the colorful chaos, attendees danced beneath shifting skies, explored fantastical forests, and reveled in pockets of mesmerizing music across the venue.

Denver’s Electronic Heartbeat

One couldn’t help but marvel at the impeccable blend of Meow Wolf’s innate artistic flair with Monstercat’s robust electronic lineup. With the entirety of the Convergence Station pulsing to the beats of Monstercat, DANCEPORATION was more than an event – it was an amalgamation of culture, art, and music, defining the rhythm of Denver’s electronic scene.

Dancing with the Monstercat Community

The Monstercat community is truly a breed apart. Their genuine passion and deep knowledge of the music are palpable in every beat and rhythm. It’s not just about attending an event; it’s about immersing oneself in a shared experience. At the Meow Wolf takeover, this was evident as fans not only danced to the beats but wore their dedication, proudly showcasing their favorite Monstercat merchandise. It’s a community where respect flows freely, where every member is not just a fan, but a true connoisseur of the music. Sharing the dance floor with such an informed and enthusiastic crowd elevates the experience to a realm beyond mere entertainment; it becomes a collective celebration of electronic artistry.

As the night wore on and glittering attendees navigated the labyrinth of color and sound, one thing became clear: Monstercat’s DANCEPORATION at Meow Wolf was an unforgettable experience. Pushing boundaries and blending mediums, this was a testament to Denver’s thriving electronic landscape and a vivid reminder of why DANCEPORATION is a phenomenon worth every beat.



Franz Hilberath is a writer, publicist, artist manager, and editor/founder of MP3 MAG. Franz's passion for telling creative's stories began as a journalist with local and national newspapers (Creative Loafing, USA Today), magazines (Marquee, Man of the Hour), and blogs (, CULTR). His byline spans live event coverage, music reviews and interviews with innovators such as ODESZA, Marc Rebillet, RUFUS DU SOL, Lee “Scratch” Perry, GRiZ, & SOFI TUKKER. Today, as an independent publicist (Franz.mp3), Franz has represented true creatives and esteemed labels such as Zeds Dead (Deadbeats), Gravitas Recordings, Mersiv (MorFlo Records), Night Tales (Ultra Records), Of The Trees (Memory Palace), Justin Jay (Fantastic Voyage), Meduso, KHIVA, RaeCola, THRASHA and more.