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article imageHalloween events for EDM fans

By Daniel Taibleson     Oct 2, 2013 in Entertainment
Halloween allows EDM fans to enjoy new levels of anonymity on the dance floor — or, exhibitionism, if that’s what they prefer. No genre of music has embraced this holiday with such verve since KISS lit stages on fire for your parents back in the 70s.
Oct. 31 falls on a Thursday this year, so many big city events are going down the weekend before Halloween. Ladies, if you need inspiration on what to wear, YumDrop sexy Halloween costumes provide a variety of attention-grabbing outfits. If you don’t want to show that much skin, play it mysterious with a Mardi Gras-style mask you customize with glitter, feathers and whatever says “you.”
New York City: Pier of Fear NYC
Last year’s event took place over three consecutive days, but this year, organizers have spread it over two consecutive weekends. Its location, Pier 94, is part of Piers 92/94, a trade show and special event venue that plays host to fashion shows, conventions, home shows and big events. Pier 94 has 133,000 square feet of space for the 40,000 expected attendees. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Oct. 26: Calvin Harris, with R3HAB, Michael Woods and more. Tickets start at $80.
Oct. 31: Krewella: Get Wet Live headlines Halloween night, along with Gareth Emery. Tickets start at $70.
Nov. 1 and 2: Aokify Halloween NYC, with headliner Steve Aoki and featuring Borgore, Waka Flocka and Pharrell Williams. Tickets start at $55.
Find more info at Pieroffear.com.
Seattle: FreakNight
The seven-night event FreakWeek culminates Oct. 25 and 26 with FreakNight, a two-night event featuring ATB, Benny Benassi, Cosmic Gate, Datski, Hardwell and more. This will be the 17th year for FreakNight at Wamu Theater, which is in the Pioneer Square district. The venue holds up to 22,000 people depending on configuration. Last year’s attendees gave the event 4.3 out of 5 stars on reviews.ticketmaster.com. Reviewers posted complaints about the wait to get into the venue, which took two to three hours, and seems like a lot for a $185-per-head ticket. If the price seems too steep, you can always enter to win tickets from OnlyTheBeat.com
General admission tickets are $185 for a two-day pass; VIP $336 for a two-day pass.
Find more at www.freaknightfestival.com.
Nashville: Monster Block Party and Terrordome
EDM in the country music capital of the world? Hell, yes.
Monster Block Party on Oct. 26 includes Steve Aoki, Waka Flocka and Borgore, who’ll no doubt be warming up for their big party on Nov. 1 and 2 in New York. The party is at the 12th Street Pavilion in Nashville. Monster Block Party is a true festival, with three stages and, of course, a haunted house.
This year’s lineup includes Flux Pavilion, Savoy, Skism, and Roksonix in the Municipal Auditorium. The $20 early bird tickets for this event are gone, but general admission tickets are still available. The event takes place from 6-9 p.m., which is kind of ho-hum, so connect with other EDM fans on Facebook.com/EdmNashville1, and find out where the after-parties are.
One Facebook fan of the event described it as “a huge Halloween show at the municipal auditorium downtown Nashville with one of the biggest name producers for heavy bass and edm,” and she recommends this YouTube audio file for Flux Pavilion, which runs for 34 minutes:
Monster Block Party tickets start at $36 from monsterblockparty.com.
Terrordome general admission tickets start at $34.38 on Ticketmaster.
Drug Use at EDM Festivals
Post-Electric Zoo, the EDM community is sensitive to its reputation as one big drug-induced trance dance. Organizers for FreakNight in Seattle posted a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drug use during its events. They hired narcotics officers to patrol the events, and tight security at the entrances, which probably contributed to the long wait to enter the venue.
Other festival organizers are taking similar precautions, and local chapters of DanceSafe.org distribute information about hallucinogenic and other illegal synthetic drugs. The organization also sells testing kits online geared toward non-addicted recreational drug users. It doesn’t advocate drug use, but it advocates safe drug use. In other words, if someone is going to drop ecstasy (aka Molly or MDMA) at a rave, this organization provides information so users are safe and not harmed by overdose or bad drugs.
DrugFree.org cautions rumors about ecstasy being nonaddictive doesn't mean it isn't harmful. EDM fans use it because it comes with an overall feeling of, well, ecstasy, and allows them to dance for long periods of time. Repeat use over an extended period damages the liver, kidneys and heart. And homemade drugs don't come with ingredients lists or warning labels. Be smart.
Find more info at DanceSafe.org and DrugFree.org.
Party safe, happy Halloween, and share your EDM Halloween stories in the comments.
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