Escape All Hallows' Eve NOS Events Center October 31 - November 1, 2014
This weekend more than 90,000 Insomniac fans attended the 4th annual Escape All Hallows' Eve, which used to be known as Escape from Wonderland. With the new re-branded name came the expansion of two days of pulsating dance music featuring over 80 world renowned artist from Moby, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Richie Hawtin, Steve Aoki, Oliver Heldens and more. The sold-out event felt like a mini Electric Daisy Carnival reunion with a dark eerie twist to go along with the holiday celebrations.
Here's the five best things about this year's Escape All Hallows' Eve.
5. Production Insomniac is known for bringing out all the bells and whistles when it comes to production and with their return to the NOS Events Center, they didn't hold back. Giant rubber ducks dressed in vampire costumes in the murky lagoon greeted the thousands of ravers and set the mood for the entire spooky weekend. The newest main stage addition came in the shape of a giant circus clown face with glowing LED eyes and scary fang shaped teeth. The carnival-like production added a sense of newness to the old venue and stimulated all your senses regardless even if you were 100 percent sober.
4. Mazes and Art Installations Aside from the massive five stages, theatrical performers and stilt walkers roaming the grounds further immersed the crowds into the creepy theme of the festival. If you took the time to wait in line for Alice's House of Horror or The Looking Glass 3D Maze, then you were in for some scary shit that rivals Knott's Scary Farm or Universal Halloween Horror Nights. Coupled with incredible art installations like The One-Eyed Monster Art Car and a 28-foot flaming Cactaferrum art piece, Halloween came to life complete with rain thanks to mother nature.
3. Games and Rides In typical Insomniac fashion, the famous carnival rides like the Century Ferris Wheel gave fans a view of the whole fest while listening to the beats of the massive Slaughterhouse main stage. The Yo-Yo swings spun you high above the grounds with an epic view, while giving you the rush of a fair attraction. With a fireworks show that lighted the San Bernadino sky, this year's Escape felt more colossal than ever. The Discovery Project Bayou Voodoo Mansion stage even had couches and a Ouija board and did we mention there was a scavenger hunt?
2. House Music We love that the underground is making it big with their own stages at major events like EDC and HARD. Escape was no exception with the highly anticipated Enter LA Experience at the Cannibal's Tea Party both nights. Straight from Ibiza to SoCal Richie Hawtin and his dark warriors took us on a journey of techno bliss. With sets from Gaiser, Luciano, Loco Dice, Hot Since 82, The Martinez Brothers, MK and Art Department you better believe tech heads were in house heaven. Not to mention the Chopping Block brought the future house sound with Oliver Heldens and even g-house with Amine Edge & Dance on Saturday.
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1. The Trance Comeback Ask and you shall receive. Fans have been begging for more trance in SoCal and Escape fully delivered. With back to back sets by legends like Aly & Fila and John O'Callaghan, Paul van Dyk, and Artic Moon and current trance super stars Andrew Rayel, Bryan Kearney, Simon Patterson and Jordan Suckley - the Ghoul's Graveyard has us feeling like we were in the 90s again. Trance melodies, light shows and people straight raving brought back great memories of the early rave days. Everything about that Friday night was legendary and then to have Armin van Buuren close it all out on Saturday was the the icing on the cake.