The Zombies came alive. Competing with the vitality from other energetic Canadian Music Week hip-hop headlining performers Travi$ Scott, M.I.A. and Tasha The Amazon, The Flatbush Zombies trio crept into the Friday night slot of the music festival, performing a dynamic set to an enthusiastic crowd.

Maybe it was the $4 energy drinks provided by the show’s sponsor, Monster. Or maybe it was the anticipation of what extreme antics the Zombies would pull. After all, many in Toronto witnessed the group perform on acid at its previous Toronto show at Wrongbar.

Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre venue began to fill up with hard-core fans in tie-dye and Zombie merchandise, as openers such as Mississauga’s Kaydee graced the stage for his first major performance, with what seemed like experienced presence.

Bodega Bamz ripped a set with “Don Francisco” and “Navy” while the Beastcoast entertainers, Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick Arc Elliott entered the venue and began to smoke up quickly, just in time to emerge onstage in front of their screaming fans.

The wild rap artists jumped right into their plethora of psychedelic tracks, sung word for word by their cult-like crowd. Mixtape songs like “MRAZ”, “Death” and “Thug Waffle” had fans throwing beer cans in the air. One fan crawled on stage before Meech threw him off in order to crowd surf, but he was a victim of not quite being caught, and fell to the venue floor.

Meech, the apparently more popular one of the tripod, rocked a Tie Domi Leafs jersey, but it wasn’t long before all shirts were off as the skinny spitters jumped around the large stage.

FBZ put on a hell of a show, ending the hype set sweaty, shirtless and wandering through the crowd.

Words By. Samantha O’Connor + Photos By. Candace Nyaomi