Review: ZEDD at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Stadium
Friday nights are for partying. Yes, even in Vancouver. Tonight, this rule was extra relevant, as UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium was invaded by the dance gods. Tonight, Germany-via-Russia’s Anton Zaslavski, better known to EDM fans as DJ juggernaut and superproducer ZEDD, showed up with lazers, strobes, and, most importantly, an infectious collection of party jams that temporarily turned the sports complex into a rave-ready wonderland.
Dance fans in the packed stadium were treated to a feast of the senses for several hours, beginning with sets by openers Lophiile and Grey.
During Grey’s set, brothers Kyle and Michael Trewartha banked on the success of their biggest single “Starving”, a collaboration with pop vocalist Hailee Steinfeld and, ironically, ZEDD himself. The LA-based sibling duo had no problem getting the crowd revved up for the main act with a dynamic set that proved the perfect appetizer for ZEDD’s colourful spectacular of a set.
By the time ZEDD hit the stage on his towering platform, shrouded by a translucent curtain before him, the feverish crowd was buzzing with excitement. As he opened with his glorious anthem “Beautiful Now”, it was evident even from the first few seconds that tonight’s performance would be truly special. Over the next several hours, fans would be treated to a greatest hits of ZEDD’s impressive career.