By Abel Arriola |Staff Writer|
Thousands of people flooded the streets as I ran towards the opening.
While many people were out trick-or-treating, attending costume parties and enjoying Halloween on a Saturday night, I had the chance to be a part of Escape: Psycho Circus.
From bikinis, to pasties, Batman, The Joker, Mario and Luigi, bravery (because of the pasties) and creativity, the list of costumes does not stop.
One costume that stood out to me was a guy that came with a group of girls; he was dressed up as Hugh Hefner while the ladies were the Playboy bunnies.
I finally made it to the entrance where I could hear the music playing from four different stages, nothing but excitement from those around me as I made my way towards the water station to fill my hydro pack for the madness to come.
It was 7:45 p.m. when the insanity began as Trap DJ/Producer Jackal approached the stage.
From the roars of the crowd I knew it was going to be a wild time. All it took was some flashing lights, and a whole lot of bass
, and I was hooked.
Stuck in the middle of the crowd is when the real fun started. When Jackal started his build up for his most famous song “Chinchilla,” that’s when the crowd raged in harmony.
I was right in front of the stage and being the mosh pit magnet that I am I found myself stuck in one. From sweat dripping, to adrenaline pumping, to heavy energy, I was not sure whether I was at a show or in a sauna.
I felt pushes and shoves as I turned to see what was behind me, and that’s when I saw flailing body parts: elbows, knees, any part of the body to cause physical harm was being thrown.
As I made my way out of the chaos I saw security guards pointing into the crowd, I looked to see what
‘s was going on and I saw a man drenched in blood.
The security guards attempted to drag him out, but he ignored them and went back into the crowd and continued to mosh.
Jackal’s destruction came to an end and I headed back to the water station to hydrate myself. It was midnight and the full beams of light and lasers covered the dark sky.
12:45am hit and it was time to choose a finale.
It was between No. three DJ in the world Martin Garrix or Number 83 MAKJ, according to the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s.
I decided to close m night with the underdog MAKJ.
His first build-up began as the crowd started to thunder for the last set of the night.
As the build up ended the drop erupted, the crowd exploded as the stage transformed into a bounce house.
It was non-stop mayhem for the crowd of MAKJ. From the front to the back, side to side, no one was tired or staying still. Even though people had been there raging for roughly eight hours, MAKJ definitely brought out the crowds remaining energy to keep it alive.
I believe it was because of MAKJ’S diverse set involving hardstyle, bounce, trap and dubstep, that helped the crowd go berserk: by far the best set I have ever encountered and best way to close out my experience at Escape: Psycho Circus.
This was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone, from being pulled into a raging mosh pit, to crazy outfits and bloody people I wouldn’t change my experience in the least bit.