3 Days… 3 Events… One City… One Halloween
Amidst Escape from Halloween, Hard Day of the Dead, Freaknight and countless events across the country, the Halloween holiday came and went in a flash, leaving ravers tired, beat and exhilarated after a weekend filled with live music and countless memories. Although Dallas didn’t have a big name festival over the weekend, countless events were sprawled across the city ready for the raging crowds.
Starting off on Thursday, the final Decks in the Park invaded Klyde Warren Park for a night of family fun and music. The free event brought local food trucks, local artists and families down to the Dallas park for a pre-Halloween costume party. Bringing DJ Select from New York, Loskop from California along with a slew of Dallas DJ’s, Decks in the Park continues to buck the trend with no admission fee and a demographic unlike any EDM event out there. Local DJ The Feels (also known as Paradise) made his debut to my ears with a bass set that got the crowd moving. Paul is expanding his style getting noticed by Big Beat and Atlantic Records on a recent remix of Melanie Martinez’s “Pity Party.” Stay on the lookout for more music from him as he continues both Paradise and The Feels. Decks in the Park will return next year bigger than ever.
Friday night, Southside Ballroom hosted Haunted Fest, a new event originally started in Columbus that has spread to Boulder and Dallas this year for a night of intense music. Dallas had the opportunity to hear 4B, Cazzette, Morgan Page and Zeds Dead in a night filled with flash floods, rowdy crowds and crazy costumes. Cazzette went “un-taped,” Morgan Page had a mullet and half of Zeds Dead went as a ghost as rain poured down outside. Zed’s Dead hands down had the best set, annihilating our ears with tracks new and old, even if DC couldn’t make it (flight was rerouted to Louisiana.)
Saturday was a visual overload as the Bomb Factory hosted Ghostland Observatory. Known for their 2010 album Codename: Rondo; the Austin based duo made quite a comeback performing live again with some new music to boot. “Give Me The Beat” “Glitter” and “Midnight Voyage” filled the speakers and ears of the crowd as dozens of lasers lights filled the room sending the crowd into euphoria. Live vocals accentuated the live DJing by Count Dracula, filling the Bomb Factory with a groovy, chilled out vibe for a brilliant Halloween event.
Dallas may not have had a full blown festival but with the amount of events available, Dallacites created their own Halloween festival this year. Invasion Dallas and countless other events were also available making Halloween in Dallas a weekend to remember.
Tell us about your Halloween weekend in the comments below and give all of these events a look if you live in the Dallas area. As holiday season ramps up, check back with Only The Beat for your latest event coverage and music news.
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