Co-written by guest writer Vincent Campagna.
Something Wicked Festival stands as the go-to event in Houston to celebrate Halloween. The two-day festival, which took place Oct. 29 and 30 at Sam Houston Race Park, remains a cultural gathering of all things EDM. Thousands of ravers and electronic music lovers converge every year, fully dressed in Halloween decor, to dance away the weekend. Since 2012, Something Wicked has been bringing the bass to Houston with a lineup packed with EDM artists from around the world. All of this has allowed the festival, compared to others such as Lights All Night and Euphoria, to forge a uniqueness and character all its own.
After last year’s festival was cancelled due to inclement weather and flooding, this year’s lineup was retooled with a focus of making up for all that was lost from last year’s storm. Day One started the festivities with a bang. Many local acts took the same stages that later saw the arrival of EDM kings and notable artists such as Gareth Emery, Jauz, 3lau, Louis the Child, A-Trak, The Polish Ambassador, Slushii, Herobust, Keys N Krates, Marshmello, and many more. Diplo closed out the festivities for the night on the main stage with a truly wicked set that befuddled the mind and confounded the imagination.
Day Two’s sets were even better than the first with artists the likes of Seven Lions, Borgeous, Yellow Claw, Carnage, Hardwell, Grum, Ilan Bluestone, Arty, Jason Ross, Andrew Bayer, Audien, Ghastly, Zomboy, Excision, and others. By far my favorites of the day were the Ajuna Label artists who took control of the Mystic Meadows stage for the entire day, gracing the crowd with a showcase of entirely trance and progressive tracks that soothed and excited the mind. Excision also was a highlight of the day, taking many away from Hardwell’s closing on the main stage. His grungy and nasty sounding music was perfect for concertgoers who were already feeling the spirit of Halloween.
The Best Yet
While the music stands the heart and soul of the fest, there remains so much more to the event. By far the best part of the festival is the concertgoers and their ridiculous and elaborate costumes. Combining the raver spirit with the scariness of Halloween truly brings out the best costume designs and ideas in all of Texas. This combined with a plethora of food and beverage options makes Something Wicked a great place to hang out as well as dance the night away. Overall, this year’s festival was by far the best yet. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for a festival that is still finding its identity and hold here in the electronic community in Texas. Hopefully you can experience Something Wicked next year. Don’t forget to bring a costume!
Photo credit: RUKES Photography