Dave Matthews performs live on the main stage at the Mile High Music Festival at Dick s Sporting Goods Park on Sunday.

COMMERCE CITY — It’s an unarguable point: Music festivals are about the discovery of new bands.

While Dave Matthews and his band likely sold the majority of tickets for this year’s Mile High Music Festival, which came to a close Sunday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the festival’s most exciting moments came via new artists.

While San Francisco DJ/producer Bassnectar was destroying the Bison tent in his headlining slot on Sunday night, the crowd was a sea of sway, an undulating ocean of bodies absorbing the DJ’s titular love of bass.

When he dropped a Fugees remix in the middle of his rumbling set, the crowd reacted with love. When he dropped a brand new track later in the night — “This is the first time I’ve played this one,” he said — the masses responded with love.

And dancing. Lots of dancing.

Trevor Hall and his band played a convincing and sometimes-courageous afternoon set at the Cougar tent. He was charming and affable, suiting the Mile High crowd just fine — especially since all the big players at this weekend’s festival could be described the same way.

Mash-up king Z-Trip, a DJ known for his original reinterpretations of pop and hip-hop hits, was a festival hero via his fearless sunset party.

Not only did he throw down a perverted, tweaked-out remix of the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” — one that included a cherry-picked Eminem vocal from “Forgot About Dre” — but he also followed that up with a little Tupac, some “California Love” updated with a well-placed “Colorado” audio clip.

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