Things got off to a rough start at LA Festival Winterfresh. The day before the event was scheduled, venue LA Center Studios breached their contract with Winterfresh by canceling. This forced Fresh Entertainment to relocate to the Hudson Theater and the ASU Fox Theater in San Bernandino. Fresh also managed to transform the festival into a a two-day event, occurring on both Saturday and Sunday, to accommodate all the attendees and ticket holders. Since the event became split into two locations, us LessThan3-ers made our way to the ACU Fox Theatre to cover the rising artists known as Mt. Eden and Zeds Dead. Let’s just say what followed made the initial headaches well worth it.
Mt. Eden knew just what the crowd wanted and had them all bouncing. They threw down the Bare Noize remix of Skrillex’s Kill Everybody In The World, Can’t Stop by Flux Pavilion, and had the whole crowd singing along to their Sierra Leone remix. The two spun first together and then each separately. They finished off their set with their spectacular remix of the Is This Love by Bob Marley. Mt. Eden recently released their free EP Meds, which includes their collaboration with Ruby Frost, available here.
Next up was Zeds Dead, and all the hype didn’t even measure up to how good they were. Certainly the highlight of the night mixing dubstep, electro house, and drum n’ bass, this duo from Toronto not only brought with them the dirtiest pounding basslines the speakers could handle, but also the sickest rhymes, with tracks like Out For Blood and It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop. It was complete domination, and Zeds Dead relentlessly tore the crowd up–track after track, genre after genre. They made sure to play some of their best hits, including their Rolling Stones cover, Blue Foundation, and their Moody Blues. The crowd was so much in love that they chanted “Zeds Dead” over and over again, even after the set was done.
It’s the music that counts, and the sets by Mt. Eden and Zeds Dead were definitely not ones to miss, so props to Winterfresh for pulling through. I’m still looking forward to see what kind of talent Fresh Entertainment will deliver at their next event regardless of whatever calamities ensued this time.