Mutiny Music Collective’s two-day event brought dubstep artists together for a wild weekend with an unfortunate technical hiccup.
A unique experience came to Salt Lake City in the form of a two-day event held at the terrifying, year-round haunted house, Fear Factory. The Renegades, put on by Mutiny Music Collective, enticed festival-goers from all over and inspired creative horror-themed outfits. The lineup included artists such as SVDDEN DEATH, DEATHPACT, yvm3, and IMANU, and this occasion included many artists’ first-time debuts in Salt Lake City, such as Saka b2b LYNY, ALLEYCVT, and Suahn.
Walking into the venue, it was fun seeing the year-round horror décor and the outside of the Fear Factory. The idea of enjoying some grimy dubstep squished between a running Amtrak train yard and a freeway underpass seemed fitting in a way and gave off an ‘underground’ vibe. Though many attendees were hoping the venue would be inside the Fear Factory, having it outdoors felt great with the open air and nice weather.
The Renegades also included an art space for local artists to show off their works and be able to vend for profit. The types of art ranged from paintings to wire work and even to macramé disco ball hangers. Additionally, the merchandise tent was always filled with great options to choose from. For those needing food, a Lucky Slice food truck, a local pizza favorite, offered sliced or whole pizzas of all flavors. The bar options were great and affordable, with enough staff that lines were minimal to none throughout the weekend.
Friday started the weekend off strong with riddim, dubstep, and the perfect amount of bass.
Friday’s lineup threw down with Algo and XaeboR building the heavy dubstep vibes and Reverend showing off with an incredible set while conducting a “wall of death” mosh pit. The elusive yvm3 appeared with a screen cover over the front of the stage, so the entire time visuals were projected instead of being able to see the artist. This was an interesting move, and though the set was phenomenal, being able to see an artist perform is an entertaining albeit essential part of seeing the music live.
To round out the night, fans went wild, with SVDDEN DEATH absolutely killing it up there and playing an incredible hour-long set. This intimate single stage made it feel like a private show and presented a sense of connectedness to the artist, which isn’t something that one normally receives in Utah.
On Saturday, the feeling in the air was immaculate as the music from Saka b2b LYNY and ALLEYCVT turned the heat up and got the crowd moving. For those that needed a break from intense heaving hitting dubstep, IMANU curated the perfect mix of bass house and dubstep to change it up but keep the party going. With the perfect climate, the perfect crowd, and the perfect lineup, it seemed like nothing could go wrong that weekend until the final performance.
Saturday night delivered a disappointing blow for fans of DEATHPACT as the show began late and continued to struggle to a rough halt.
With an eager crowd waiting, technical issues caused a delay to the beginning of DEATHPACT and as it hit midnight, the lights and sound came on. The most amazing fifteen minutes ensued of incredible lasers, sound, and an energetic crowd. As quickly as it came on, it immediately shut down, with the whole stage losing power due to a technical issue. Over the course of the next thirty minutes, the stage would come to life for a brief few minutes and then go black once more. Eventually, the crowd gave up hope and dispersed, and the event closed early.
Despite that unfortunate turn of events, the exciting turnout for the first eccentric event by Mutiny Music Collective left attendees hungry for more.
Overall, this show was a blast to attend and experience something in a new way. Though the weekend ended on a difficult note, having a show in a unique landmark with incredible talent is definitely the way to captivate the growing Utah fanbase. With such visionary minds in play, it’s exciting to see what new creations will pop up in Salt Lake City.