[Event Review] The Spine-Chilling Nights of Escape Psycho Circus 2018

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Escape Psycho Circus: The Festival You Must Attend

If you’re a raver you could add Insomniac’s Escape: Psycho Circus pageant to your bucket listing. Escape: Psycho Circus is North America’s greatest Halloween occasion and largest pageant in Southern California with 125,000 ravers in 2 days. Apart from this 12 months’s unimaginable lineup, the scary costumed performers and the sights make this pageant a should attend.

The Music

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This 12 months’s lineup included third consecutive 12 months #1 DJ the world Martin Garrix, west coast favourite Kaskade, Diplo, Eric Prydz, KSHMR, Galantis, Seven Lions, Excision, Yellow Claw and lots of different unimaginable acts. Unfortunately, the magic mike EDM, Salvatore Ganacci needed to cancel his efficiency attributable to household points which bummed out loads individuals. A set that stood out was Martin Garrix’s who gave the viewers an hour his repertoire all his music and a few unimaginable new IDs.

A second set that stood out was KSHMR, as he completely smashed the Ghouls Graveyard. He performed the tracks we’ve all come to anticipate comparable to Secrets, Jammu, and Festival Of Lights. He additionally dropped his new observe Magic, which is predicted to be launched this Friday, November 2. It was actually was fairly superior to get a sneak peek that.

This evaluation wouldn’t be full if I didn’t embrace Eric Prydz, as he’s one the primary causes I attended the two-day occasion. Whether he’s performing as Pryda, Cirez D, or Eric Prydz, these in attendance are at all times in for a deal with. Escape on Saturday night time was no totally different. This was my first time seeing the Swedish Legend, and I couldn’t have had a greater expertise. Prydz performed on the Ghouls’ Graveyard, which technically isn’t the primary stage. When you think about that Slaughterhouse consisted a mixture 731 video tiles, 450 lights, and 16 lasers, whereas graveyard had 326 lights and 26 lasers, we will’t assist however assume the stage was arrange only for Eric. The man is thought for his laser exhibits, and this was .

The Stages

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The Slaughterhouse (fundamental stage), Chopping Block, Ghoul’s Graveyard, and Factory 93’s Cannibals’ Tea Party are Escape’s levels. Usually, one can find the highest tier headliners within the theatrical themed Slaughterhouse. The DJ sales space is located within the mouth an enormous clown with LED eyes and between circus cages on the perimeters. This theatrical stage has grow to be an icon in Insomniac’s giant selection stage designs.

Ghoul’s Graveyard additionally consisted some the highest tier headliners comparable to Eric Prydz and KSHMR, in addition to curating Friday’s Bassrush with acts comparable to GTA, JOYRYDE, and Excision. Ghoul’s consists a theatrical combine with LED panels throughout. The graveyard-themed stage is for certain a enjoyable time yearly.

Located smack dab within the center Escape, Chopping Block was one the extra eclectic levels. The lineup was curated by Basscon on Friday, and Audiotistic on Saturday.  This noticed acts like Angerfist, Digital Punk & Junkie Kid take the stage on Friday. Saturday noticed simply nearly as good a lineup, as Zeds Dead, Snakehips, and Quix destroyed the Block. We even received a particular A-Trak B2B YehMe2 set as nicely.

Factory 93

Factory 93’s Cannibals’ Tea Party debuted at this 12 months’s Escape, and we couldn’t have been happier about that. This stage was set outdoors, in comparison with Factory 93’s typical warehouse-esque levels and setups. This course was paired with the promotions signature minimal sound. The sounds the underground had been alive and nicely Friday and Saturday nights, as Cannibal’s Tea Party blasted House & Techno all night time lengthy.

Friday night time noticed Anna take the stage adopted by Loco Dice & then Joseph Capriati. Friday night time closed f with a B2b set from Jamie Jones and Joseph Capriati.  Saturday night time performed out similarly, with A Dubfire B2B Tiga Set halfway by way of the night time, adopted by Dirty Bird Honcho Claude VonStroke. After Claude, Green Velvet took the stage, solely to play a second set, simply this time it was a B2B with Claude for a particular ‘Get Real’ set.

The Asylum

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Apart from the music, the main target level this pageant is the Wonderland Asylum. It is Insomniac’s personal home horrors. Being my second 12 months moving into by way of the maze, it’s honest to say that it’s the most horrific maze I’ve accomplished. Each 12 months Insomniac goes above and past and add additional rooms or performers to alter it up for again to again attendees (comparable to myself) which is a large plus. What differentiates this maze to different ones is that it solely doesn’t concentrate on bounce scares, slightly on the psychological horror. Furthermore, being in a straitjacket and in a masks takes this expertise to a different stage. This asylum is a should do for those who attend this pageant even if you’re terrified haunted homes.

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The Overall Experience

The total vibe at Escape is nothing brief “PLUR”. Everyone takes care one another, and if you’re ever in a troublesome scenario Insomniac’s Ground Control will assist you out. Entering by way of the gates you allow all of your worries behind and luxuriate in this distinctive world costumed ravers who wish to have the most effective time their lives. This being my fourth 12 months going to Escape, I preserve having fun with it an increasing number of every year. With the large crowd that attends yearly, Insomniac may wish to contemplate making the primary stage an open-air stage. All in all, this can be a pilgrimage each raver should make. Insomniac go above and past with particulars, the lineup, and the general expertise.


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