Zeds Dead returned to Red Rocks this past Thursday, July 3rd, for Dead Rocks, their first headlining show at the beautiful amphitheater. The Canadian Electronic Music duo has become a powerhouse in the EDM community over the last few years, and if you read 303’s preview for Dead Rocks, you’ll know that this show has been highly anticipated for months. Zeds Dead was absolutely overjoyed to return to Colorado for the immense honor of headlining Red Rocks, and they came fully prepared with what would turn out to be an amazing set. Every act brought their A game, completely throwing down their own individual sounds and vibes.
Dada Life, a Swedish EDM duo, replaced DJ Snake within the last few weeks as Zeds Dead’s co-headliner. Dada Life also brought their signature style of crazy party beats, making the crowd at Red Rocks explode with energy. Throwing and eating bananas and popping champagne bottles in classic Dada Life fashion, the two Swedish producers got the crowd absolutely rocking with one jamming Dada anthem after another. Giant inflatable letters spelling out DADA LIFE waved and thrashed to the music, matching the mob of people in passion and intensity. Dada’s wacky and wild cartoon visuals played perfectly with their electro pop songs, driving the crowd wild. The pair pumped up the crowd themselves as well, asking the citizens of Dada Land to sing along with their better-known songs. Dada Life certainly got all of Red Rocks writhing and wiggling, with a gaggle of giant bananas leading the way.
Zeds Dead came out to finish off the night with incredible flair. They opened up softly at first, teasing the crowd with softer tunes. Without warning, the pair dove into the darker, wobblier bass filled songs, amping everyone up for a heavier set. Right off the bat, Zeds Dead had the raging mass in the palms of their hands. They dropped insane track after insane track, powering through Red Rocks with their music like a freight train. The frenzied throng of people ate it up, screaming for more. Zeds Dead moved flawlessly between melodic vocal ballads and Dubstep bangers, taking Red Rocks on a journey of sonic fusion. The tempo would pick up and slow down, moving like a wave of aural emotion. For a grand finale, Omar Linx came on stage to rap some of the songs he and Zeds Dead collaborated on. Spitting wicked rhymes over Zeds Dead’s bass laden tracks, the crowd waved in time with Linx’s verses, spurring him on to rap faster and faster. The set was an explosion of sound that spilled throughout the entire spectrum of Electronic Dance Music, creasing and folding over itself. Zeds Dead had complete command over Red Rocks, completely enthralling everyone in attendance.
Dead Rocks was a massive success with thousands in attendance to get down to a mixture of different variations of music. Everyone in Red Rocks danced together as one gigantic body and shared the same positive energies. Zeds Dead, Dada Life and all the other openers really made Dead Rocks an awesome experience, and should all be experienced at some point in the future.