Event roundup: DA’s 11 freakiest Halloween 2018 hotspots

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No matter where you’re spending your All Hallow’s Eve this year, DA knows where you can let your freak flag fly. Whether you’re in Toronto, Caen, Los Angeles—hell, even Wisconsin—we’ve got you covered. With a beguiling mixture of both annually resurrected and new festivals on our radar, there’s a fiendish festivity for all this Halloween.

1.  HARD Day of the Dead

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HARD‘s once defunct Day of the Dead property is officially back, slated for November 3 at the event’s original home at LA Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles. Headlining DOTD’s comeback edition is Justice, breaking out their live stage rig for one final outing, exactly six years to the day after the Parisian legends headlined the inaugural Day of the Dead. South African rave-rap pioneers Die Antwoord and Knife Party also top this year’s lineup, along with a stacked cast of supporting acts.

Grab tickets to HARD DOTD here. 

2. DJ Snake’s Halloween double-header

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The French superpower is slithering his way to both New York and LA for the freakiest week of the year. Snake is slated to headline New York City’s Avant Gardner on October 26 and Los Angeles’ legendary Shrine Expo Hall on October 31. The headlining shows will be Snake’s only territory headline appearances of the year, and each show is expected to feature state-of-the-art production.

Get tickets to DJ Snake’s only U.S. shows of the year

3. Wisconsin’s JAWBREAKER Fest

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Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center is housing the Midwest’s quintessential Halloween festival this year: the very first double-day JAWBREAKER, specifically tailored for electronic lovers, October 27-28. With a fully-loaded lineup featuring the likes of GRiZODESZALouis The ChildRL GrimeZEDDSLUMBERJACK, and more, the festival is sure to spawn a fierce following. Easily accessible to Chicagoans, the other electronic mecca of the Midwest, the venue is located just a few blocks from the Milwaukee Amtrak station.

Purchase Jawbreaker Fest tickets here.

4. Toronto’s Halloween Freakout

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Toronto’s recent drum ‘n’ bass fever has spawned its annual Freakout at 401 Mini Indy Go-Karts. With a brimming lineup featuring Andy C, Rusko, and Dirtyphonics, along with Hunter Siegel hosting a No Neon room, Freakout is slated for a ghastly good time going down Saturday, October 27.

Purchase tickets to Freakout here.

5. Hakkasan Group’s Halloweek festivities

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Hakkasan Group is pulling out all the stops for Halloween 2018. The Las Vegas hospitality giant is extending Halloween to a full week, running holiday themed festivities at each of their properties across the strip, spanning from October 25 – October 31. As the month winds down, an eclectic cast of talent will descend upon Vegas — drawing the likes of Steve AokiKaskadeZEDDNGHTMREMartin GarrixBorgore, and Lil Uzi Vert to name a few, for one of the busiest party weeks of the year.

Purchase Hakkasan Halloween tickets here.

6. Wynwood Fear Factory’s Halloween Weekend in Miami

Summer festival season may be long gone, but the events circuit shows no signs of slowing as fall lineups begin to pour in. Thanks to the organizers at Diskolab, Miami just became a top contender for Halloween weekend destinations. Mana Wynwood Warehouse will host some of the most in-demand electronic acts in the country across October 26 – 27, with a roster topped by RL Grime and Galantis, along with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike billed as the weekend’s special guests.

The rest of the lineup boasts a solid supporting cast with performances from GetterTritonalKeys N Krates, and Duke Dumont all locked in. This year’s lineup also includes BlackgummyBROHUG, and Deorro among others.

Grab tickets to Fear Factory here.

7. Caen’s Nördik Impakt

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The freaky Frenchman of Nördik Impakt are letting loose a cannon of across-the-board underground electronic acts this year in Caen, France for the Halloween season. With a lineup featuring the likes of Charlotte De Witte, Maceo Plex, and Nicole Moudaber, taking off October 24-27, Caen patrons will surely feel full-throttle Impakt of the most malicious variety.

Purchase tickets to Nördik Impakt here.

8. San Bernardino’s Escape: Psycho Circus

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SoCal’s Psycho Circus is the last place patrons will want to Escape this Halloween. With a lineup boasting headliners of a truly hellish caliber, the October 26-27 Insomniac affair is going rogue. Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Diplo, and Eric Prydz are just a slice of this deliciously pernicious pie, stocked with devilishly immersive experiential elements to boot.

Get your Escape tickets here

9. Light & Life Halloween Warehouse with Dillon Francis 

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Light&Life have hosted some of the most prominent dance acts in the game — Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, and Disclosure, to name a few — and are known for their cutting-edge production in the visual and sonic realms. They’ve booked Latin Grammy winner Dillon Francis to headline their Halloween show at a Brooklyn warehouse venue on October 26. Dillon’s highly anticipated WUT WUT album has just been released, which means he’ll be filling the venue with loads of fresh new music not yet heard live by fans. Francis will be joined by Valentino Khan, and up-and-coming bass talent Nitti Gritti.

Get your Dillon Francis Warehouse tickets here

 

10. Circoloco Halloween NYC – Hosted by Teksupport

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Teksupport, a pillar of underground dance music events in New York City, has joined forces with the iconic Ibiza brand Circoloco to put together a memorable Halloween weekend gathering. Circoloco is has earned the reputation as one of the island’s top afterhours parties, taking place weekly at the superclub DC10. This year will be the third in a row where they bring the brand stateside to New York. Standout acts include Virgil Abloh (recently placed on TIME’s ‘Most Influential People of 2018 list), Peggy Gou, & house music legends, The Martinez Brothers.

Get your Circoloco tickets here

11. Haunted Deep: Lee Burridge / Mr C / Jay Tripwire & more

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Chicago is getting DEEP this Hallo-weekend, going back to its house roots with an array of the finest performers. Dive into the depths with Burning Man mainstays Lee Burridge, Mr. C, Jay Tripwire, and more, to be hosted at The Mine Music hall. Paradigm has recently began expanding beyond its talent agency wheelhouse and into event production, where it aims to expose fans to top-notch talent that isn’t completely dominating the mainstream media sphere.

HARD Day of the Dead delivers impeccable comeback lineup topped by Justice, Die Antwoord, and Knife Party

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HARD‘s once defunct Day of the Dead property is officially back, slated for November 3 at the event’s original home at LA Historic Park in downtown Los Angeles. While rumors have been circulating since the event’s announcement earlier this summer, and a too-good-to-be-true lineup surfacing shortly thereafter, the southern California events giant has now followed up with their official roster for 2018’s event, and its damn near just as good. Headlining DOTD’s comeback edition is Justice, breaking out their live stage rig for one final outing, exactly six years to the day after the Parisian legends headlined the inaugural Day of the Dead. South African rave-rap pioneers Die Antwoord and Knife Party also top this year’s lineup, along with a stacked cast of supporting acts.

House heroes Thee Mike B, J. Phlip, Jack Beats, and Shiba San also make their way onto this year’s billing, along with Lee Foss, Cashmere Cat, and DNMO among others. Tickets for HARD Day of the Dead on sale September 27 at 12:00pm PST.

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A HARD Day of the Dead poster has surfaced… but it may be too good to be true

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UPDATE: HARD has confirmed this lineup is not the official lineup

 

Los Angeles electronic events giant HARD recently made headlines with the return of their once defunct Day of the Dead property, bringing the festival back to its original home at LA Historic Park this November. The news set the rumor mill ablaze, speculating which HARD alumni might make their return for the festival’s re-inauguration, and now a lineup poster has surfaced. At first glance, it looks like one of the most stacked dance billings of the year, though upon closer examination, some minor fractures in the unconfirmed lineup may reveal this one is too good to be true. No harm in putting our eggs in this basket for the time being and hoping it actually materializes though.

The rumored lineup features a rare 2018 performance from Skrillex — fans might remember the last time Sonny Moore rested the Skrillex project to link up with Boys Noize for Dog Blood in 2013, Moore’s comeback performance was at none other than Day of the Dead. Boys Noize is featured on the lineup as well, and anytime Skrillex and Boys Noize are in the same hemisphere, there arises a glimmer of hope for Dog Blood fans. Gesaffelstein is tapped as a DJ headliner and a Bixel Boys reunion in the undercard are some red flags. Again, this could either be the greatest lineup of the season or a certified fake. Deadmau5, Kaytranada, Bloody Beetroots live, and Baauer all make appearances on the rumored roster as well, with a grip of additional dance music power players. For Day of the Dead’s highly anticipated return to LA, we’re betting HARD pulled out all the stops — fingers crossed this one is confirmed official.

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BREAKING: HARD Day of the Dead plots return to newly-refurbished original home at LA Historic Park in November

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HARD‘s defunct Day of the Dead is officially back from the festival graveyard.

HARD’s Halloween offshoot event folded in 2015, though now the festival is set to relaunch, and it’s headed back to the brand’s original home at Los Angeles Historic Park in November. The Downtown LA park was home to the earliest iterations of HARD Summer and Day of the Dead, along with Swedish House Mafia‘s final performance in Los Angeles and other high-profile events. However, electronic events found a tough landscape in LA proper after a number of incidents across 2014 – 2015.

Prepare to get up close and personal with all of your favorite Day Of The Dead alumni on November 3. Notable alumni include Justice, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Deadmau5, Zedd, Calvin Harris, Pretty Lights, Knife Party, Major Lazer and many more. Looking back at past lineups, newcomers that are now headliners sprinkle the smaller fonts. The park is set for brand new amenities in the re-incarnation of LA’s favorite fright filled celebration.

At a Halloween festival where costumes are encouraged, HARD’s Day of the Dead is set to take creativity to the max. Stay tuned for sale and lineup information.

 

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HARD’s dormant Day of the Dead Halloween festival set for 2018 comeback

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Since HARD Events‘ inception in 2007 and the first HARD Summer Music Festival taking off in 2008, the brand has grown to exponential heights, launching a number of festival properties across North America and events abroad over the last decade.

In 2012, HARD premiered their Day Of The Dead Halloween festival, which replaced the previous HARD Haunted Mansion. The inaugural DOTD featured Justice, Knife Party, Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, Dillon Francis, Tommy Trash, Jack Beats and more. In 2015, after a number of logistic obstacles and hurdles, Day Of The Dead changed its age policy to 21+ to cater to an older crowd. That was the last Day Of The Dead festival presented by HARD Events.

Now, HARD’s social media is presenting “Dia de los Muertos,” translated from “Day of the Dead” in Spanish, in a collage of six posts containing cut-outs of festival days past. Dancing Astronaut reached out to HARD’s team for confirmation on DOTD‘s relaunch. Insomniac’s long-running southern California Halloween events have managed to remain intact, and now with HARD likely relaunching their Halloween-themed throwdown, it seems fans will have some tough decisions to face come fall.