The build up to this event goes back to the beginning of the year when React Presents announced that Zeds Dead would be their bass heavy bangers back to Chicago along with AraabMuzik, Dillon Francis and Midnight Conspiracy. This in many people’s minds was the main event for the weekend and the hours leading up to the short commute over to Congress Theater were filled with one awesome pondePreParty at The Dankles HQ.

Midnight Conspiracy


Chicago’s very own Midnight Conspiracy graced the stage first to serve as the local opener and delivered the stand out performance of the weekend without a doubt. Though I have seen Louis and Mikul play more times than I can remember, this set was unlike any other due to the unveiling of The Eye (check video above). Never have a I seen Congress packed with so many people going HAM at 9:30 before; you could have easily thought that the dynamic duo were headlining the event for pete’s sake. Stand outs from their set include the following:

Listen : Original Don (feat. The Partysquad) – Major Lazer

Download : Discord (Original Mix) – Midnight Conspiracy

Listen : The Eye – Midnight Conspiracy & CENOB1TE

Download : Nigga’s In Paris (Voodoo Farm Dubstep Remix) – Jay-Z & Kanye West

Dillon Francis


AraabMUZIK was supposed to grace the stage next but because of a flight delay he was unable to make it to Congress. (Though he did play at The Mid late night). The show went on nonetheless with Dillon Francis stepping up and dropping moombahton bangers after bangers for the crowd to get loose too. I combined forces with the lovely ladies at Mac and Smash and had access the best seats in the house as we’d on top of chairs for the duration of Dillon’s set. Standout’s played were:

Download : I.D.G.A.F.O.S 2.0 – Dillon Francis

Download : Burst ft. GMCFOSHO – 12th Planet, Skrillex, & Kill The Noise

Download : Pull Up Wheel Up (Dillon Francis Remix) – Sinden

Download : Who Is Ready to Jump (Dillon Francis Remix) – Chuckie

Zeds Dead w/ Omar LinX


After raging on top of chairs for about an hour, the security guards at Congress decided to deny us having any more unobstructed fun and forced us to move from our position right before Zed’s Dead set. But nothing could stop me from seeing the gruesome dubstep duo throw down the bass heavy bangers I so desperately craved. So after a quick relocation move, we yet again had access to see Zed Dead with special guest Omar LinX turn Congress upside down with a combination of an amazing set list as well as stunning visuals that kept the crowd going for the rest of the night. Standouts played were:

Download : Somebody to Love (Skream Remix) – Rusko

Download : Adrenaline – Zeds Dead

Listen : Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Download : Rude Boy (feat. Omar LinX) – Zeds Dead

ENCORES (they dropped dubbed out versions of these classic songs)

Listen : Where is My Mind –  Placebo

Listen : Say It Ain’t So – Weezer

In conclusion, the night was a HUGE success but the weekend was far from over. Next on the menu, Koan Sound and Gemini!

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