Earth-shaking, water-perculating, ear-shattering, face-melting bass. Adventure Club and Zeds Dead smacked us, and everyone else, right dead in the head at Drai’s Beach Club during EDC Week. Awesome venue, incredibly friendly bar staff, dope scenery and pool setup, and of course, two legendary performances from some of the absolute best in bass music made it one of our favorite events of the week.
As you walk in, you’re welcomed by Drai’s Night Club immediately to your left, that has a wide open wall, facing out to the pool. About 20 feet straight ahead of you is an enclosed space with a fairly large bar dedicated to nothing but slangin’ drinks, so you can get your drink in right off the bat, and head to the pool. The bar staff was really nice and really cool, and was some of the nicest we’d come across all weekend. The bartender we kept going to actually replaced one of my drinks after someone accidentally knocked it out of my hand very shortly after buying it. I was a little surprised, because well.. Vegas. But this was a nice surprise, so shout out to the staff for the friendly service!
As you walk out of the bar, you encounter the pool, smack dab in the middle of the venue. A large walkway that goes all the way around the pool with cabana’s, daybeds, and private sitting areas surrounds it, along with another bar area that has great uncrowded covered views of The Strip if you needed to take a break from the heat. From the backside of the pool the water is only about ankle deep, and if you walk about 15 feet, it drops off to about 4 feet. Let the splashing and going crazy commence. This pool was a battle ground of giant donut blowups, duck floaties, and probably 50 Drai’s Beach Club beach balls flying every which way. We were smiling, laughing, ducking, and dodging left and right. It was a blast.
Speaking of a blast.. Adventure club tore this mother-loving pool down. Christian and Leighton came out swinging for the fences, and everyone loved every second of it. The first half was mainly heavy bass, and they really got the party started. Blaring heavy wubs and trap like no other. It felt like the beach balls had multiplied and were being shot left and right from cannons. People were going nuts, splashing and throwing floaties, while Duke Dumont’s “Ocean Drive” drops into an incredibly heavy bass mashup. People were slamming their drinks and hammering the water with our fists as Skrillex “All is Fair in Love and Brostep” came blaring out of the speakers. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Finally with about a half hour left in their set, we heard an Adventure Club original drop in. The lyrics to “Gold” creep into our eardrums, and we instantly start screaming the words. As the drop comes, it turns into some melodic trap version we’ve personally never heard, and the pool exploded. They kept it coming with remixes of their own remix hits and originals as well. “Crash 2.0,” “Crave You,” and an amazing mashup with “Youth” left us vibing and swaying. Musical pool party murder.
“Who’s motorcycle is this?” “It’s a chopper baby.” “Who’s chopper is this?” “It’s Zed’s.” “Who’s Zed?” “Zed’s Dead baby, Zed’s Dead.” The one and only take the decks. They weren’t slated for EDC this year, so we were beyond pumped and ready. Dylan and Zachary step up and ask how we’re feeling, and we obviously scream back in delight. The small area in front of the DJ booth that was already jam-packed for AC, got pushed to the absolute max with fans trying to get up close for a clear shot of the epic duo.
The first song drops in, and the entire pool party, every single able-bodied person jumps up and down with excitement. We were so excited we can’t honestly tell you what song they dropped first, we just knew it was our duty to splash and head bang as much as possible. At this point floaties are out of the pool from being thrown, beach balls are still flying, everyone is splashing, even getting water in their drinks and they couldn’t care less about it. The time to get wild was now, and this party is in full swing. Between knowing that it would end soon, Zeds Dead hitting the decks, and the steady flow of alcohol, you would think this was the last party on earth. This was no amateur hour, and everyone was getting down like vets. About fifteen minutes into the set, every woman’s desire to keep their hair dry was completely out of the question. Staff and party-goers were all fully involved in making Zed’s Dead the most memorable pool party of EDC week 2016. Dropping heavy bass bangers like AutoErotique’s “OTF” and Doctor P & Flux Pavilion’s “Party Smoke Drink.” It was madness, and it was hard to not catch anyone head banging. Throwing in the occasional electro and deep house jam to keep the masses happy, it was the enlightening set.
We would like to thank all of the staff and promoters for Drai’s Beach Club and we can’t wait to see what their lineup has in store for us next year!