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Union Transfer Comes Alive for Zeds Dead

On Friday night Union Transfer played host to a huge crowd that packed the house to see the dubstep/electro/progressive duo known as Zeds Dead.

After completing their massive 65 date “Graveyard Tour” across North America last fall, Zeds Dead is now in the midst of “The Living Dead Tour” with support from Omar LinX and AraabMusik.

The all ages show, presented locally by R5 Productions, got off to an early start around 8pm with some hip-hop madness that got the crowd bumpin’. It didn’t take long until the main floor of the venue was completely packed with people sporting a wide range of crazy outfits and glowing objects.

Union Transfer is a great venue to take in a show but from a coverage stand point, it has some difficulties. The venue does not have a photo pit for photographers making it difficult to get the shots we are accustomed to. Fans seem to love it because it allows them to get as close to the stage as possible.

Around 10pm, Zeds Dead members DC and Hooks hit the stage in front of a giant digital video wall and whipped the crowd into a frenzy. With their ability to incorporate music from a wide range of genres into their sound, the Toronto duo has earned the respect of legions of fans as well as some of the top names in the EDM game.

The next 90 minutes were a blur of hip-hop, electro, dubstep, live vocal collaboration from the opening acts, crowd surfing, lasers, and crazy digital imagery.

Whether they dropped the BMP way down or cranked it up, it didn’t matter to the sea of people who danced, bumped, and bounced to every minute of the set, flashing the Zeds Dead hand signal repeatedly.

The show ended early around 1130pm but not before they returned for an encore that ended with a tribute to Notorious B.I.G. who had passed away 15 years earlier (to the day).

You can catch a full photo gallery from the show below:

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