Event roundup: DA’s 13 spookiest Halloween 2019 hotspots
The Masquerade by Claptone & MK (Montreal)
Two house titans, Claptone and MK, converge in Montreal for a wild night at club favorite, Dstrkt. “The Masquerade” of course refers to Claptone’s ongoing series of masked gatherings that take guests into an alternate dimension with entrancing electronic beats and cameos by fellow wild DJ characters. Both MK and Claptone come from an elevated class of electronic talent, assuring a night of seamless spinning and anonymous holiday exuberance.
Bassnectar’s Freakstyle: Day of the Dead (Michigan)
November 1 -2
Candidly, every Bassnectar event is a little on the freaky side. But Freakstyle 2019, this year returning to Grand Rapids, November 1-2, is Lorin Ashton’s unanimously scene-accepted moment of madness. The Crowned Prince of beguiling bass is bringing some equally aural experimentation-friendly associates along for the ride (J:Kenzo, Kursa, Stylust, Aztek, Super Dre and Distinct Motive).
Tickets are sold out.
Wynwood Fear Factory (Miami)
Halloween lineups are keeping things hot heading into the fall events season. Chief among them comes from the organizers at Diskolab, with Wynwood Fear Factory’s stacked 2019 lineup. Mana Wynwood Warehouse is the place to be on October 25, with Illenium, Knife Party, Gareth Emery, Malaa, and more all making their way to Miami for Halloween.
Suwannee Hulaween (Florida)
October 24 – 27
The founders of Chicago’s notorious North Coast Music Festival are returning to bring their multifarious earmark to Florida this freaky season, by way of Suwannee Hulaween in Live Oak, Florida. The four-day weekender, October 24-27 is packing profound firepower for its 2019 installment, with all-embracing artistry like Anderson.Paak, Whethan, Big Wild, Tchami, Mija, and Umphrey’s McGee heating up the roster. It’s enough to make you want to get weird in the Floridian backwoods this season.
Minimal Effort All Hallow’s Eve (Los Angeles)
Topping the bill for the event’s fifth anniversary is the endlessly talented polymath, Bonobo, hosting his own Outlier stage. Just below is the UK groove machine Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs alongside Machinedrum‘s collaborative project with Jimmy Edgar, JETS, which will serve as a welcomed departure from the expected house and techno roster.
HARD Halloween at Red Rocks (Morrison)
HARD‘s bringing its harrowing roundup of unearthly artistry back to the venerable Coloradan Red Rocks Ampitheatre, including Gramatik, Kayzo, Tom Morello, ARMNHMR, DUCKY, and Mom N Dad. Going down on Saturday, October 26, HARD is returning to prove it can hold down Halloween all over the map in the electronic event ether.
HARD Day of the Dead (Los Angeles)
HARD has long reigned supreme over the West Coast event space, and HARD Day of the Dead is a veteran Halloween destination fraught with well-earned acclaim. This year, for November 2, HARD has secured Dog Blood, TOKiMONSTA, Damian Lazarus, The Martinez Brothers, and more for its 2019 haunting of Downtown LA’s State Historic Park.
Weed Rave Presents: Halloweed Rave (Los Angeles)
October 25 at TBA Warehouse, DTLA
Who doesn’t like weed and electronic music? In many cases, the two go hand-in-hand. LA transplant Michelle Lhooq, known for her dynamic journalistic accounts of THC in nightlife, has merged these two items into an experiential event built for the Southern California underground. A TBA warehouse will be filled with two rooms—the hardcore-driven Sativa with headliner DJ Assault and the ambient Indica—as well as a scavenger hunt for free edible treats and live art from local contributors. It’s high-jinx in the best of ways.
DUSK To DAWN (San Francisco)
San Francisco’s Midway plays host to a top caliber array of house and techno talent once again, this time for a Halloween mélange of local and imported artists. UK pioneers Sasha and Lee Burridge are headlining, while founder of Burning Man institution Opulent Temple Syd Gris will also be spinning. Other Bay Area favorites populating the cavernous venue’s four rooms includes Rooz, Borzu, and Oona X, while fellow UK veteran James Trystan also joins in the festivities.
Sunset Sound System Halloween Costume Boat Party (San Francisco)
Bay Area staple Sunset Sound System have built a strong reputation for themselves over their 25 years of putting together underground-led outdoor parties, and their annual Halloween Costume Boat Party continues on this tradition. 2019’s iteration sees John Tejada & Reggie Watts playing a live set under their Wajatta guise, while OG Sunset member Solar, now a favorite on the European circuit, will be stopping by his hometown for the bacchanale. Quality electronic music with a stunning Bay Bridge backdrop sounds like an ideal way to kick off Hallo-weekend, in our books.
Cityfox Halloween (NYC)
Switzerland’s premier underground house brand Cityfox takes over Brooklyn’s Avant Gardner for a 12-hour affair on October 26. With a balanced mixture of live and DJ performances, those partial to deep, lush house sounds will find delight in artists like Bedouin, Rodriguez Jr, Stimming, Dance Spirit, Lee Burridge, Monolink, Art Department, and many more leading the charge. There’s a reason why Cityfox has become a favorite within the New York underground over its years taking a second home in the city.
Circoloco Halloween (NYC)
Ibiza mainstay Circoloco and Brooklyn stalwarts Teksupport team up for their fourth Halloween at a virgin warehouse in the borough’s Navy Yard. They’ve booked a wide-ranging assemblage of artists, including French experimentalist Bambounou, Keinemusik co-owners &ME and Rampa, Burberry curator William Djoko, Seth Troxler, and the legendary Honey Dijon. Circoloco’s signature red light aesthetic offers an atmosphere perfectly fitting of its Halloween theme.
Jawbreaker Fest with Above & Beyond (Chicago)
The Midwest’s Jawbreaker Festival is bringing a delectable slate of trance, progressive, and house to its home cities of Chicago and Detroit for two days of Halloween thrills. Above & Beyond, hot off the heels of ABGT350 in Prague, are headlining, with Gabriel & Dresden as well as Qrion joining along for the ride in Chicago. Kenneth Thomas and John Beltran offer support for the beloved trio on October 26 in Detroit. The weekend will certainly be one to remember for Anjuna aficionados, who will be treated to seamless production Jawbreaker brings to the table as well.