Insomniac headed back to the NOS Events Center to host their 4th annual "Escape All Hallows' Eve" event this Halloween weekend. With five stages to choose from, spectacular art installations, haunted mazes, theatrical performers, and even better artists, the next two days were filled with tons of great memories.
The first night of festivities filled my craving for bass, with an insane amount of dupstep/trap at the Chopping Block stage. Artists like Noisia
, 12th Planet, Tropkillaz
and Datsik took over the masses, and let loose the bass-wielding tunes we all love.
The best set on the first day for me was definitely Datsik
. Honestly, my mind was blown - his set was everything I expected and more; pimp squad baby
. The filthy machine guns were finally released, as Datsik turned the building into a bass haven. The amount of tearout my ears experienced made up for anything I could have doubted that night, as artists like Getter
, and Aweminus went streamlining through the room. The entire crowd went wild; his set actually had me throwin' bows, and I am very sorry to anyone who I accidentally bumped into because of this (oops).
Insomniac also featured the Cannibal's Tea Party Stage put on by ENTER.
, with artists like MK
, Hot Since 82
, and Richie Hawtin
. If you dig tech and old school house, this was the stage for you. This dark, funky room had all kinds of good vibes lurking around every corner.
When I wasn't dancing, I was exploring the ghouly fairgrounds' frightening and impressive art installations. Vampire duckies took over the pond, while a one-eyed cyclops stood high above. Insomniac's classic ferris wheel was also at the event, allowing attendees to get a full view of the experience. On a side note, was it just me, or did their seem to be less attractions than previous years, and more grassy space to sit on?
The first day of Escape had me craving more, and luckily this year the event had extended itself to two days. On the second day, artists like UMEK
, Blasterjaxx, and Steve Angello kept the party spirit alive, while others like Breach allowed the crowd to take a break from some of the 4-on-the-floor madness, and take us on a super-chill, deep musical journey. The highlight of his set had to be everyone singing "Jack
" in unison.
"I want your body, everybody wants your body, so lets jack."
Overall, my favorite set during the second day had to be Laidback Luke
. He truly is an amazing DJ, as well as an amazing performer, and definitely knows how to read a crowd. His diverse collection of tracks from house, to trap, to hip-hop classics had the whole tent dancing. He really deserves all the success he has received these past few years.
Insomniac added a new artist to the lineup this year, welcoming hip-hop artist Schoolboy Q. Basically everyone at the event was running to the Chopping Block, but its doors were closed. Due to such a large capacity, the staff had to close its doors and limit the amount of people who were allowed inside. The same thing happened with Adventure Club
right after on the same stage. Hopefully these unfortunate circumstances allow these artists to take main stage in the future.
This Halloween weekend was one for the books, the energy was on-point, the stages looked amazing, the costumes were killer, the people were awesome, the fairground was haunting, which all made for one damn good weekend. This was my third time attending Escape, and I highly encourage everyone to try this event out in the future for a spooktastic Halloween celebration!
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