Lets face it, electronic dance music is taking over every form of media available– from TV commercials, movie scores, radio airwaves, the DJ booth at your favorite nightclub and music venues with shows that pop up on a weekly basis. Soon the US will have an EDM festival every weekend it seems. October is no exception now that festival season has died down and the ever popular Halloween Holiday surrounded around dressing up and getting crunk is just around the corner. This month, every major artist is on their own fall tour it seems from ATB, Disclosure, Doctor P, Kaskade to Zedd. There's plenty of shows for every dance music pallet to get your fix this month. We broke down a list of the top five can't miss EDM shows in October that should be on your radar.
5. Flux Pavilion
Saturday, October 12th
Bassology celebrates its one year anniversary of bringing optimum spine-rattling drum N bass and dubstep to Orange County thanks to Innervision Event's partnership with Bassrush (one of Insomniac's many brands). Headlining the event is Flux Pavilion, who is currently on his 35-stop “Freeway Tour” with special guest Cookie Monsta as opening support in OC. Following the success of his fourth EP Blow the Roof Flux (a.k.a Joshua Steele) is slated to release a new EP this month so expect lots of new music from the English producer. Most notably known for his hit “I Can't Stop” which is played out everywhere from video games to football stadiums today this legendary dub DJ is still more relevant than ever working with artists like Dan le Sac, Scroobius Pi to Major Lazer.
4. Jeremy Olander N Fehrplay
Thursday, October 3rd
The Eric Prydz proteges Jeremy Olander N Fehrplay bring the infamous Pryda Friends Tour to OC as part of Element Thursdays at Sutra in Costa Mesa this week. The first leg of the Pryda Friends tour was so successful that the label mates added 11 dates this fall including directly opening support for Eric's EPIC 2.0 shows. After the first guests takeover on Prydz's EPIC Radio show fans have gotten a taste of the Swedish and Norwegian producers' style and are yearning for more. Known for their melodic take on progressive house, these young artists are the next rising stars in dance music. Don't expect a lot of drops however, as in true Pryda fashion their back-to-back impromptu sets and chemistry on stage is sure to take you on a musical journey of what we hope is the future of dance music.
3. Pete Tong
Friday, October 11th
Our favorite OC house music institution Focus is bringing their Tuesday night to the Yost Theater next Friday for a special event featuring the legendary BBC Radio host Pete Tong. After hosting his own “All Gone Pete Tong Arena” at the inaugural TomorrowWorld, playing the iHeartRadio Muisc Festival and continuing the momentum on a full fledged North American Tour, dance music's favorite radio host turned DJ is making his OC debut. His Radio Show remains on the forefront of dance music 20 years after it's inception and has made it's way stateside as he hosts a daily show Evolution on iHeartRadio heard on over 80 top-40 FM radio stations across the US. Alongside the Focus residents Wobs, DJ Nonfiction and Josh Billings this night is one sure to school OC on all things house music!
2. Above N Beyond
Saturday, October 12
Following the success of Above N Beyond's legendary acoustic shows at London's Porchester Hall, the UK progressive trance group is bringing the show to the states at the famed Greek Theater in LA this month. The 6,000 capacity venue who has seen the likes of Paul McCartney to Adele grace it's stage is the perfect setting to hear the emotionally charged songs which most EDM aficionados have grown to love. Jono, Tony and Paavo (a rarity to see them all together) will play an assortment of live instruments as they are joined by an eight-piece band alongside vocalist Zoe Johnston. While we can't wait to hear songs from Group Therapy to Tri-State in acoustic form under the starry skies we're also looking forward to some new material from their fifth studio release slated for 2014.
1. Escape from Wonderland
San Manuel Amphitheater
Saturday, October 26
It's no question that Insomniac has become the largest EDM promoters in all of Southern California. Escape from Wonderland which debuted in 2011 in retaliation to DJ Reza's lawsuit and accusations against Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac's CEO and literally put the nail in the coffin of the longest-running Halloween dance music event Monster Massive comes back again this year to the new wonderland home in San Bernardino. Exposing an even darker side of Wonderland with haunted art carts, 3D twisted mazes, a slaughter house, ghouls graveyard, chopping block and cannibals tea party, for a moment you forget you are at a music festival and not in a horror movie. With the large grounds of the San Manuel Amphitheater we expect Insomniac to go all out on production and though the line-up hasn't even been released yet (speculations of Hardwell headlining have surfaced) we're sure this is going to be the EDM Halloween party to be at.