As all of America patiently waits for the spooky month of October, the ravers of America patiently wait for the ultimate Halloween rave that comes and goes each and every year. This past weekend, those memories came, and those memories went. North America’s largest Halloween festival, Escape: Psycho Circus, not only brought in over 75 performers, but was able to gather a record-breaking 125,000 costumed concertgoers at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino.
The most memorable part of the event had to be the perfectly crafted Asylum. The frightening 32,000-square-foot theatre contained over 30 rooms designed with Escape’s themes from the past 7 years, as well as 120 costumed actors. While everyone likes to get in the Halloween spirit with escape rooms or horrifying amusement parks decked out for the holiday, absolutely nothing beats the braveness you had to have walking into this activity. Those courageous enough to enter were put into straightjackets and masks and fed ‘silly pills’ before entering the psych ward. Actors would follow you through padded cells filled with ‘crazies’ as you would walk through pitch-black rooms that contained the coats and jackets of the psych ward employees. And in the pitch-black rooms? Oh yeah. Little goblins would scream and grab your leg. Scary enough? Although a completely terrifying experience, the production, costumes, and themes were so brilliantly thought out that there was no way not to be mind-blown.
Aside from this creative masterpiece, the performers and stages brought the event to life. The main stage, also known as The Slaughterhouse, was a 450-foot-long tent that featured a happy clown smiling from ear to ear, while the stage was the mouth of the clown. Clever, right? An international range of killer DJs, such as Tiesto, Marshmello, and DJ Snake, had the tent packed the entire night. Ghouls’ Graveyard, although a far walk from the rest of the stages, was totally worth it. The stage was dedicated to the famous brand Bassrush Massive and housed killer sets from Datsik, Flosstradamus, and Nero. The ‘smack-dab in the middle stage’ was, of course, The Chopping Block. Hosted by Audiotistic and Basscon, the massive circus tent was home to many hardstyle prodigies. Finally, Mike WiLL Made-It gave a huge surprise when he brought out Rae Sremmurd, who played the massive hit “Unforgettable.”
VIP members had the coolest set-up I’ve ever seen. At the Slaughterhouse, you would enter the VIP lounge through red smoky doors that propelled you into the multi-themed hideaway. With themes from IT and Stranger Things, Insomniac really captured the essence of Halloween throughout 2017.
This year’s Escape: Psycho Circus has easily been one of the most well-thought-out and creative Insomniac events I’ve been to. I can only foresee this as a sign that the future events will be just as imaginative and visionary. Next up? Dreamstate. Will I see you there?
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