Zeds Dead Celebrate Fourth of July with 3rd Annual Deadbeats Jamboree at Civic Center Park

Zeds Dead Jamboree Civic Center Park crowd

For the third consecutive year, Canadian duo Zeds Dead (comprised of Dylan Mamid and Zachary Rapp-Rovan aka DC and Hooks, respectively) brought their Fourth of July Backyard Jamboree to downtown Denver. After playing Red Rocks the two previous nights, the duo hosted a roster of artists affiliated with their Deadbeats label for a day of music, activities, food and much more.

Chaos struck when a surprise rainstorm forced the show to abruptly come to a stop. After a short delay and some restructuring of the venue, the festivities continued and Zeds Dead was able to play a final set until the planned event end time.

A Day at the Park

Zeds Dead Jamboree Civic Center Park dunk tank

Located in downtown Denver with a scenic view of the Colorado State Capitol and other government buildings, Civic Center Park was the perfect location to for this Fourth of July celebration. With a capacity of 12,000 people, the park allowed guests to comfortably enjoy three different stages along with activities, vendors, and food trucks. The family-friendly event featured bounce castles, lawn games, and face painting. Additionally, a variety of local vendors sold accessories. In between all the music, there were plenty of things to do as people strolled around the venue.

A Stage for Every Taste

VIew of the Deadbeats stage

With three different stages of music, the event really captured the festival feeling. Each had a distinct theme and provided fans the opportunity to see an array of artists.

In a shady area between the trees was the Altered States stage. Named after Zeds Dead’s downtempo-focused label, this stage had a more relaxed vibe with artists playing sets oriented more towards the experimental facets of electronic music. Artists featured on this stage included Saul Gucci, Pacifix, Soki, Noises, and Mary Droppinz.

One of the coolest structures at Civic Center Park, the Greek Amphitheatre, was home to the Drum and Bass Stage. With exhilarating sets from Fury, Joel Cruz, Bensley, Blossom, Kumarion B2B Smoakland and Delta Heavy, this stage had the most consistently hyped crowds throughout the day.

Finally, the Deadbeats stage was located on the main portion of the site and featured the largest production. This stage featured an assortment of bass, dubstep, and trap artists, and the infamous jamboree hot dog eating contest. The music on this stage started with TWONSKi and was followed by sets from JAWNS, SuperAve. B2B Heyz, Black Carl! B2B Saka (aka Rush Hour), Blanke, and of course, Zeds Dead.

3rd Annual Jamboree Hot Dog Eating Contest

Zeds Dead Get Delayed

Around the time of the hot dog eating contest, screens flashed updated set times. Instead of playing the closing set, it was announced that Zeds Dead would be performing earlier in the evening. There were murmurs in the crowd that this was due to the looming threat of severe weather. They were correct.

Zeds Dead Take the Stage

Although earlier than planned, the Zeds Dead set started off as well as any of their diverse, multi-genre bass sets. For about an hour, the duo played their dubstep bangers mixed with classic rock songs, drum and bass, and every genre in between. Suddenly the music stopped and they announced that, due to severe weather, they had to stop the music. Almost immediately after, the torrential downpour began and chaos ensued as people began leave and run for shelter.

Incoming Storm Causes Show to be Delayed

The Show Must Go On

In typical Colorado fashion, the storm hit downtown heavily and then cleared up almost as fast as it arrived. About an hour after the delay, the Zeds Dead team announced that they were preparing to resume the show. For this last segment of the event, only the Deadbeats Stage was up and running. As people started to fill up the lawn again, Mary Droppinz warmed the crowd up with a super upbeat set. With this fresh new start, the crowd was more energetic than ever.

Zeds Dead then triumphantly took the stage again. The set only ran 30 minutes due to curfew, but not a second was wasted by the duo. They started off in explosive fashion, playing collaborations with Subtronics, GRiZ, and Hamdi, then some of their own classic songs. With the cloudy night sky and full stage production, the ambiance was much different than it had been during their daytime set — it was now a full-blown dance party. The set then transitioned into a more house and dance-oriented style with remixes of artists like Sade. Not a single body in the crowd was still. After a long and turbulent day, the duo fittingly ended their set with a remix of Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?”

When attending an outdoor music event, there is always a risk that weather might cause some issues. When attending an outdoor music event in Colorado, especially these past few months, its almost a guarantee. Luckily the weather wasn’t enough to stop the 3rd Annual Deadbeats Jamboree. With the exception of the weather delay, the event was an exciting experience full of music and fun. We can’t wait until next year’s Fourth of July Weekend to see what the duo have in store for us.

Photos by Drew Bower

Sol Fest Drops an Insanely Bass-Heavy Lineup for 2023

Sol Fest Drops an Insanely Bass-Heavy Lineup for 2023

Guess what…Sol Fest just dropped phase one of its long-awaited lineup for 2023! The second-ever edition of this independently owned music festival will take place from May 5th – 7th at Bama Slam Waterpark and Campground, located in New Brockton, Alabama.

This 1,600-acre venue can host over 90,000 people. It’s complete with luxury camping, a general store, a saloon (its own bar, restaurant, and venue), beach volleyball, zip lines, waterslides, and so much more. And don’t forget the insane production and lighting, live painting, interactive installations, and 3D holographic water shows.

We can’t think of a better way to kick off summer. Keep reading for more details about Sol Fest!

2023 Phase One Lineup

Sol Fest did not hold back when it came to the bass-heavy lineup. So far, the headliners consist of Liquid Stranger (Friday) and Zeds Dead (Saturday). Sunday’s headliner has yet to be announced.

In alphabetical order, we have Champagne Drip B3B LUZCID B3B Sully, Drinkurwater, EAZYBAKED, Flozone, Funkshway, Heyz, Infected Mushroom (Hybrid Live DJ Set), INZO, Jaenga, Manic Focus Presents Mf’n House Party, Mindex, Ravenscoon, Smoakland, SoDown, SuperAve., Tape B, The Sponges, and TVBOO.

If you think that’s impressive, you’ll want to check out the pool parties. Friday is full of drum ‘n’ bass with Mija (DnB Set), and Blossom presents Drum N Blossom. Saturday consists of Skeler and Barnacle Boi B2B Brothel. On Sunday, festival-goers can wrap up their weekend with Wreckno and Khiva.

But wait, there’s more. We promise getting to the festival early for the pre-party will be worth it. Flux Pavilion, Tripp St., A Hundred Drums, Marvel Years, Evaluation, PHLIP, and Deathpact kick off the festival.

All that and there are still more artists to be announced…can we get a SHEESH!

Mind. Body. Sol.

According to Sol Fest, anyone that enters the festival grounds will discover a mind-altering wonderland. Interactive activities, live painters, spiritual workshops, and even a 3D holographic water show will keep you totally immersed in your world.

During the day, keep the energy high at the 2-acre spring-fed waterpark. A rope swing, zipline, floating trampoline, waterslides, sandy beach volleyball, and more can all be enjoyed while DJs drop some beats at the body stage.

Attendees can also keep their tummies happy throughout the weekend with food from a wide assortment of vendors. The 2023 vendors haven’t been announced yet. However, last year brought well-known favorites including Grilled Cheese Incident, Asian Sensation, and Festi Bowl.

To conclude the weekend, Sol Sunday presents a time of remembrance during a memorial show. “Sol, meaning sun, originates from our dear friend Quentin ‘Sol’ Rupp, who passed away in a tragic car accident at 26 years old,” says Sol Fest. After this loss, the festival was created as a sanctuary. Anyone attending Sol Fest can submit photos of loved ones for Sol Sunday by clicking here.

Tickets and Pricing

Tickets for Sol Fest are on sale now! The prices below do not include fees and taxes.

3-Day GA tickets are $169 and do not include a car pass or pre-party pass. For those wanting to splurge, 3-Day VIP tickets are available for $259. The VIP tickets include upgraded camping options, access to the boathouse, expedited entry, VIP bar lanes, “exclusive access to the VIP Lounge, private viewing area, free showers, air-conditioned restrooms, and Sol Fest Merch Package.” Pre-Party passes are only $59.

GA and VIP car camping passes are $49 each. Keep in mind that if you purchase a VIP ticket, you’ll need a VIP car camping pass to camp in the VIP area, which is closer to the stages. If you want to wake up with views of the lake, you can purchase a VIP Lakeside car camping pass for $99. Canoeing, paddle boarding, and banana boat rides are only some of what the lake has to offer. RV passes for the weekend range from $199 – $399, depending on the type of hookup needed. More upgraded camping expansions are also currently in progress!

Is it May yet?

The second Sol Fest is bringing the bass to Alabama this next summer. If you want to kick off festival season in style, we totally suggest giving this festival a visit! According to Sol Fest, 2023 is going to be massive. “2023 will feature three stages, including a custom main stage with PK sound, a stage across the lake in the wooded trails with a lake bridge, and a stage at the waterpark for upbeat parties!”

With a killer lineup, affordable pricing, tons of activities, and art installations, it can’t be missed.

Keep up with Sol Fest for news and additional lineup announcements by following their social media accounts below.

Grab your tickets here!

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Zeds Dead Set Hearts On Fire At The 8th Annual Deadrocks!

Zeds Dead Set Hearts On Fire At The 8th Annual Deadrocks!

This past weekend on July 2nd & 3rd of 2022 was the eighth annual Deadrocks at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater in Morrison, CO. This incredible two-night event is produced by the iconic electronic duo, Zeds Dead, and happens every July since 2014. The boys were here this past weekend to not only celebrate the return of this annual event but to showcase many up-and-coming artists.

Location, Layout, and Production

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater is located in Morrison, CO which is only 20 minutes outside of Denver. This unique venue has been a major bucket list item for many past and present artists. Red Rocks has four spacious parking lots along with an accessibility shuttle to take patrons to row 1 for events. Once inside, you’ll be able to experience the beauty of the rocks, the views of the city, and the stunning stage production. The stage consisted of many speakers to carry the sound, large LED boards to show visuals, lots of lasers, and some projections that shined onto the rocks. 

Food and Drink

Concession stands with food and drink options are located throughout the amphitheater. Food options include chicken fingers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, pretzels, pizza, candy, and chips. For drinks, attendees have options for draft and canned beers, wine, margaritas, Coke products, Red Bull, iced tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and water are also available. There are also many vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available. To learn more about specialty food and drink, you can click here to go to their website. 

Line up

Deadrocks had a stacked lineup with many extraordinary artists that come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The following artists are highlighted on Deadbeats, Zeds Dead’s very own record label. 

Night 1: HEYZ, A Hundred Drums, DNMO, Hybrid Minds, Mersiv, and Zeds Dead 

Night 2: Brux, SuperAve., Kumarion, IMANU, Blanke, and Zeds Dead

The weekend featured a mixture of EDM genres. Attendees were able to enjoy the sounds of bass, dubstep, downtime, psytrance, drum & bass, house, and surrealist club-pop. All of these artists were truly incredible to see perform live. I would highly recommend following them on socials as well as grabbing a ticket to their next show. 

Zeds Dead fans got to feel a sense of euphoria during the boys’ set on both nights. The duo played so many tracks that fans have been “chasing” for years. Some of these recognizable tracks included Zeds Dead’s remix of Kiss by Jeuce, No Prayers with Omar LinX, Shut Up & Sing by Greta Svabo Bech (ZD Remix), Flickers by Son Lux (ZD Remix) and many more. Zeds Dead also showcased tracks that collabed with other fellow EDM artists like Subtronics, Peekaboo, Griz, Jauz, Blunts & Blondes, Rezz, and others. 

Luckily for fans, the fun just didn’t stop there. Zeds Dead also held their Backyard Jamboree on July 4th which took place at the Civic Center Park located in Downtown Denver and played two more sets that same night for their Deadrocks Hangover show at Mission Ballroom also located in Denver.


Deadrocks is a very special weekend and I would 100% recommend going to anyone who is interested. This was my first Deadrocks and it definitely will not be the last time I attend this event. 

Be sure to follow all of Zeds Dead socials for the latest updates and you can check out their website to check out their merch, upcoming tour dates, latest releases, and more!

Photos by Josh Klein and Kyle Brim

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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