Published on October 26th, 2015 | by Bryce Smith


Lose it at the legendary FREAKNIGHT this Halloween

FreakNight is the longest running Halloween music festival of its kind and this October the “sinister circus” will fill our own big top, the Tacoma Dome, with the best in groundbreaking electronic dance music – and of course some seriously freaky Halloween carousing.

The FreakNight tradition continues, enthralling lucky revelers with yet another inimitable experience featuring both legendary DJs and the most exciting up and coming artists. You will be obliged to lose yourself in the EDM pandemonium complemented with a full array of carnival nostalgia: rides and games, maniacal contortionists and carnies.

As the USC producers shared with me, “We will have carnival rides and circus performers including aerialists, contortionists, and more. We will be decorating every inch of the Tacoma Dome in order to transform it!” And although it should be obvious, FreakNight is a costume party: dress to impress for as chance to win the $2,015 grand prize.

Performers at the 2014 FreakNight. Photo by Jason Woo.

Performers at the 2014 FreakNight. Photo by Jason Woo.

USC (United States of Consciousness), the Northwest-based organization who introduced EDM to our area way before the rest of the country caught on, is now a respected taste-maker and prominent festival curator, overseeing events such as Bumbershoot and Paradiso. But FreakNight is the cornerstone, the festival that has defined USC for nearly 20 years; if you’ve never been, now is most definitely the year to start.

The crowd loses it and loves it at FreakNight 2014. Photo by Jason Woo.

The crowd loses it and loves it at FreakNight 2014. Photo by Jason Woo.

FreakNight, like everything USC produces, is much more than a concert – it’s an experience and a community all decked out and expressing itself at it’s spookiest and freakiest. So let that flag fly and explore the weekend with this preview outlining my favorites of the aural insanity in store:


Headliner: Deadmau5

Since his title as Hottest New Name in Dance by MixMag in 2008, Deadmau5 has risen to house stardom as one of the best (and highest paid) electronic artists in the world, garnering six Grammy nods along the way. Perhaps even more iconic than his progressive house is the Mau5head helmet he dons while ripping it.

Mat Zo

This cat hit the ground spinning, his debut album Danger Control breaking Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Album chart. Prior to the release, Mat Zo put out a track, “Little Control,” which exemplifies his brand of progressive trance.


A tough bassline artist, Figure’s sound is an aggressive combination of dubstep, drumstep, and house. He’s most well-known for his “Monster” series—an incorporation of drumstep and horror movie samples—the newest edition of which released earlier this month; just in time to pummel the Dome at FreakNight.

Pete Tong

It’s all gone Pete Tong!

The legendary Balaeric beat DJ and radio show host comes to offer his nightclub brand house to FreakNight. His latest release came earlier this month: he appears on The Bumps Remixes with Moby and John Monkman, to namedrop a few.

Will Sparks

This Electro-house DJ dropped “Ah Yeah So What” and has headlined festivals spanning Europe and North America ever since. More recently Will Sparks has incorporated the Melbourne Bounce sound, whipping up his latest single, “Sick Like That,” featuring Luciana, back in August.


Headliner: Tiësto

Trance DJ Tiësto was the very first artist of his kind to play live on stage at the Olympics. Can you imagine that? The torch ran up the steps to the chimeric sounds he created for that performance? Now there’s an act of progress for you. He’s been a distinguished disk jockey since the 90s, and received his first Grammy last year for his remix of John Legend’s “All of Me.


A heavy bassline artist out of LA, Nghtmre is represented by Diplo’s record label Mad Decent. He first acquired mainstream recognition for his festival anthem “STREET” when Skrillex dropped it at the Ultra Music Festival back in March.


Wiwek is the guy responsible for that sensational new vibe, “Jungle Terror,” which is practically a genre all its own. Rooted in Dutch house, Wiwek melds deep and tribal house, incorporating jungle/animal sounds throughout. He became much sought after following the release of “On Your Mark,” a collaborative remix effort with Gregor Salto earlier this year, and more recently brought back into the limelight when DJ Ookay crowd-approvingly trap-flipped.

Special Guest: Diplo

Is an introduction necessary? Are you a fan of trap music? Then you’ve heard of Diplo and/or his group Major Lazer. And he’s coming to the Dome. And it, as well as all of FreakNight will be epic.

Regardless of whether you’re a fan of house, or just can’t say no to new and exciting experiences (and haven’t a heart condition), then this madhouse of an event cannot be missed. Come prepared to dance and swoon to FreakNight’s legendary belting beat. Get your ticket!

One of FreakNight 2014's featured DJs. Photo by Jason Woo.

One of FreakNight 2014’s featured DJs. Photo by Jason Woo.

Need more? Check out the FreakNight Soundcloud playlist:

All featured 2014 FreakNight photographs by Jason Woo.

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About the Author

Intrepid and ambitious, Bryce Smith is a Tacoma writer and actor with an insatiable interest in all varieties of experience.

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