Another Escape Psycho Circus has disappeared like an apparition in the night but memories from the event will pleasantly haunt us til the next one rolls around. From the Slaughterhouse to the Cannibal’s Tea Party, 2 days was almost not enough time to take in all that Escape had to offer. The fright-filled extravaganza seems to grow bigger and better each year with every inch of NOS Events Center getting in on the action. We compiled some highlights from what is arguably one of the best Halloween festivals in the country.
Pardon the cliche but Escape legitimately had something for everyone in your crew. At almost any given time at the event you could witness techno legends under one tent, hakk to your heart’s content to some hardstyle or headbang and chill with bass royalty. Stages exploded at the seams for artists like Eric Prydz, Martin Garrix, Yellow Claw, Zeds Dead and Excision. The minimal simplicity of Cannibal’s Tea Party kept the focus on the greatness behind the decks, from Loco Dice to Dubfire b2b Tiga and ending the weekend with Green Velvet into a surprise “Get Real” b2b performance by both Green Velvet and Claude Vonstroke. Kaskade heads infiltrated the venue and there was no shortage of nuns and priests prepping for Tchami b2b Malaa. A stacked lineup combined with the easy accessibility of each stage made catching your favorites a very achievable mission.
Clever costumes and hysterical totems made for some great vibes at this year’s Escape. Just about every stage people were welcomed with compliments, a new dance partner or bonding over the shared love of the artist on stage. There were groups of avocado’s dancing past the Corona Beach Stage, moths with their lamp totem owning the dance floor at Moksi and a healthy dose of sexy or scary skeletons.
Aside from the music and the people Escape came through with some pretty great food, drink and vendor offerings. As has become standard with Insomniac Events at the NOS, there was a whole promenade full of awesome vendors, from the mind-boggling accessories of GloFX to the sweet tooth satisfying Pop Icon booth. Another area offered delicious adult beverages served in fish bowls and the food truck area offered everything from pizza to poke. A personal favorite spotted near the Chopping Block was beloved boba tea – a quite possibly perfect thirst-quenching rave drink.
Escape Psycho Circus has changed dramatically as the years have passed – the production value and down-to-a-science organization truly makes the event one you have to see to believe. Mark your calendar next year for what’s sure to be another frighteningly good time!