DEADBEATS AZ – A Night Out With The Boys

This past weekend, Zeds Dead and co. took their prominent curated showcase to Arizona’s newest home for electronic dance music events; Phoenix Raceway. Complete with a lineup with legends such as NGHTMRE and a rare appearance from Dimension, one of the UK’s most regarded drum & bass acts, the 2022 edition of Deadbeats Arizona was complete with action that kept fans on their feet throughout the night.

As the fans entered the venue, they experienced a spectacle of audio and visual delights, with massive complimentary LED screens displayed on the sides of the stages and pyro machines blasting the air with powerful mist. The production value of this year’s edition surpassed that of recent years, thanks to Relentless Beats‘ Megastructure which debuted last year for their Summer Series events.

Deadbeats had an outstanding lineup for the show, which featured some of EDM’s biggest names alongside rising stars in the scene. Fans were treated to sets by 2SOON, Rossy, Dion Timmer, NGHTMRE, Dimension, and of course, Zeds Dead.

For those who attended Phoenix Lights just three weeks prior, the Raceway layout might have looked a little familiar. But there was plenty to see and do for music fans making their first visit to the new grounds, including a premier VIP Lounge complete with an elevated area to see the stage’s action and a vacated trolley for attendees to lounge at.

Audiences were treated to an ultra-rare set from one of drum n bass’ most critically acclaimed artists. Dimension’s first DJ set ever in Arizona was accompanied by some filthy 170 BPM drops and melodies that DnB fans around the world love him for. The UK-based producer has made a name for himself with his unique sound and ability to create tracks that are both exciting and accessible. These qualities, combined with his love for the genre, have enabled him to become a leading figure in the scene.

Zeds Dead closed out the night with a set that was as wild and varied as the dance floor in front of them. The heads of Deadbeats took their audience through ambient bass music, pumping bass house, and everything in between. Zeds Dead is known for its versatility, and this set was proof positive that they’re still at the top of their game. The Boys didn’t just bring a special guest onstage to perform “Gangsta’s Paradise“—they brought out Coolio.

And that was the icing on the cake to an already amazing night.

As another night of music and dancing came and went, it was clear that Deadbeats had once again lived up to its reputation. The show was a flawless blend of hard-hitting bass, euphoric melodies, and crowd-pleasing drops—and the crowd loved every second of it. As the final notes of Zeds Dead’s set rang out, many in the audience were already making plans for their next show.

It’s truly no wonder why Relentless Beats continues to thrive as one of EDM’s top promoters. With a relentless commitment to excellence, they always know how to put on a good show. Let’s hope they come back for another edition of Deadbeats in 2023!

Photos by Alexander Peet

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GOLDRUSH MUSIC FESTIVAL – A Wild West Renaissance The Desert Needed

Main Stage @ Goldrush

It’s been a long time since Arizona has seen an EDM festival of this magnitude. The most recent event resembling something on this scale was Decadence NYE 2019. But, unfortunately, we all have had to endure seeing the world turn upside down and living through unprecedented and uncertain times since then. Thankfully, the sun always shines after the rain, and that sun finally shined brightly (literally and metaphorically) this past weekend at Rawhide Event Center.

For the first time, Goldrush Music Festival took over Arizona’s premier event center for three days from September 24-26th, 2021. Goldrush packed the house with top-notch stage production and dedicated EDM fans from all over the country. The festival’s creators would make this the most unique and Arizonan event in the Southwest. It was complete in a Wild West town that will make you feel like you’ve turned back the clock to the 1800s. Also included were a circus and rollerskating rink.

There was something for everyone, with artists ranging from experimental bass like Clozee on one end to techno legend Seth Troxler on the other. With three main stages, a local talent stage, a silent disco area, and an art car, the bass was pounding from every corner of the festival grounds as the party continued through the night.

FRIDAY

The festival’s first night featured Illenium, who inspired the crowd to raise their hands in solidarity for Nightlight and sing along to one of his most popular songs, Crawl Out Of Love. Earlier, Jauz and Kayzo took the stage. Jauz and Kayzo were tearing up the crowd with filthy sets of house, dubstep, and a dash of hardstyle.

Pioneer’s Peak, directly across from the Megastructure, was packed with bassheads headbanging and breaking rails to Tynan, Virtual Riot, and Svdden Death. However, for those that felt like the heavy bass wasn’t their cup of tea, just steps away was The Hideout, where Technasia and Camelphat graced the stage. It was the spot where househeads could enjoy the hi-hats and snare drums.

Although the festival officially ended at 2 a.m., some festival-goers wanted to continue dancing into the early hours. Instead, they were greeted with an after-party in the Rawhide warehouse. Which featured an extraordinary b2b set with Kayzo and Cray that lasted until 5 a.m.

SATURDAY

Night two brought near-perfect weather and a plethora of fire from all directions. Some consider Wax Motif b2b Chris Lorenzo to be the night’s first main attraction. Which was a rare set propelled by North America’s massive tech-house movement. But, following shortly after was a familiar sight for regular AZ festival attendees as Troyboi took the stage. He performed his third consecutive Goldrush with a refreshed set, with the crowd vibing the entire time.

At Pioneer’s Peak, Kill The Noise and Getter brought window-shattering bass to the dance floor. While The Hideout crowd was grooving to French house sounds sponsored by Dombresky. Megastar Zedd closed the night at The Golden Gorge. He performed some of his most iconic and sensational hits like The Middle and Clarity. For those who thought Zedd wouldn’t be able to satisfy their bass needs, Nghtmre at Pioneer Peak was dishing out some filthy dubstep that fans adored.

SUNDAY

Although, Sunday commenced with unusual rainy and dreary conditions for September weather in Arizona. Fortunately, the rain ceased as the doors opened, and the puddles vanished as quickly as they appeared. Starting off the night at the main stage was Dabin. Dabin is an award-nominated music producer and instrumentalist hailing from Toronto. He is known for his melancholy “sad boi” songs and beautiful live performances. Shortly after was one of the most anticipated weekend sets by Zeds Dead b2b Griz. The trio went all out with a breathtaking and legendary set. A set that fans will never forget, accompanied by lasers and pyrotechnics.

Pioneer’s Peak was packed with a freeform bass roster, including Inzo, LSDream, and Clozee. Over at the house stage, Dirtybird stars Walker & Royce and legend Green Velvet kept the vibes immaculate to close out the weekend. Finally, Diplo, a nearly 20-year veteran of the electronic music industry, closed out a spectacular weekend on the main stage. Despite some rain causing technical issues initially, Mad Decent put on a fantastic tech house-influenced set.

CONCLUSION

In the opinion of many Arizonan festivalgoers, Relentless Beats presented the best conceivable festival to return to in a post-covid era. After 14 months of cancellations and despair, Relentless Beats made a point of returning with a statement that would result in one of the best-produced large-scale events the Grand Canyon State has seen in recent years. According to Jason Euler, an experience creator behind Goldrush and other AZ events, “No one will be sleeping on AZ by the end of this year.”

Til’ next time, Rawhide!

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Goldrush Music Festival: The Countdown Begins For an Epic Weekend In The Desert

Flag flown at Goldrush 2019

The dusty and arid landscape of Rawhide Event Center will come to life in just a few days! With the return of one of Arizona’s most beloved electronic dance music festivals of course. Relentless Beats is promising to live up to the anticipation of Goldrush‘s biggest edition yet, with a brand new layout and some of the best event production seen in the state. If you couldn’t feel the excitement already in the air, Relentless Beats made some game-changing last-minute announcements that will undoubtedly make this a landmark weekend for Arizona’s EDM scene that will be cherished for years to come.

Those who have attended Goldrush in previous years will notice that the familiar grounds will look quite different this year. However, those who came out for the Summer Series events will be greeted by the remarkable megastructure that became symbolic! The Golden Gorge Megastructure will welcome some of the country’s top artists, including Illenium, Jauz, and Zedd, with ambitions stage production design that has never been seen.

Another stage that can be found is named The Hideout. A stage with an all-new VIP & table experience replete with booths on stage and a three-level deck. Goldrush’s fourth annual edition will certainly bring the innovation to the table.

Normally, the festival would wrap up at 2 AM every night. This year, concert goers can stick around for a treat on the first night. A special back-to-back afterparty set with the love duet Kayzo and Cray will keep the bass pumping till five a.m.. So, keep your stamina up for the first day so you don’t miss out!

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Keep up with Goldrush‘s pages throughout the week into the weekend to stay posted with some potential last-minute surprises! See you all there!

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