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A Freaky Deaky Halloween

Returning to my bed after a long weekend of raving is usually refreshing.  However, leaving Chicago and parting ways with a new found favorite fest is bittersweet.  Before making the 14 hour venture for Freaky Deaky I was a little hesitant.  I hadn’t heard much about the event and one question kept coming to mind: will this really be worth it?Halloween weekend is oozing with festivals and shows that cater to our bass junkie needs. 

Photo By: Da Black Swan

Photo By: Da Black Swan

Reflecting on the weekend, not only can I say that it was well worth the drive, but also that I hope to return again in the future! 

In previous years, Freaky Deaky has been a two day event.  Being its first year as a full-fledged three day festival, the team at React Presents definitely delivered.  Typical festival issues arose; such as, long entry lines and time consuming water filling stations.  However, with each day that passed the staff slowly made necessary improvements to create a better experience for festival goers.  In the end, its seeing an event work to improve over the course of three days that will determine where the next few years will take them. In the case of Freaky Deaky, I predict it will only get even better with time!

Photo By: Da Black Swan

Photo By: Da Black Swan

Aside from my typical lack of patience that comes with attending a much anticipated event, Freaky Deaky without a doubt amped up the competition for future Halloween themed festivals.  The creatures of Freaky Deaky wandering around the event were nothing short of impressive and lived their assigned identity to its fullest extent all weekend long. 

With carnival games, rides, and fair food – the freaky carnival theme was alive and thriving at the Toyota Park.  The three stages catered to a wide variety of EDM and the event was basically a small fair that just so happened to have stages pumping out some heavy bass and the best visuals you could imagine.  Wandering around the event you could come across fire spinners, slit walkers, and { of course } a vast variety of creative attendee costumes. 

Photo By: Da Black Swan

Photo By: Da Black Swan

As far as the impressive performances, Borgore drove the crowd wild and Markus set the standard for trance music after closing out Friday night with a remarkable performance.  However, it was an artist that goes by “The Magician” truly stole the show (and my heart-by far, best set I saw all weekend)!  With Chicago being a huge House Music city – it should be no surprise that everyone was feeling the energy The Magician was throwing down.  I stumbled into his set with no previous knowledge but to say I was impressed would be an understatement. Though, of course, we can’t forget that disgusting bass that comes with every Datsik performance.  Closing his set with the then unreleased new track, Smoke Bomb featuring Snoop Dogg – left the crowd ending their weekend on a high note. 

Photo By: Da Black Swan

Photo By: Da Black Swan

What it all comes down to really is how a festival stands out among the rest, and there is no doubt that Freaky Deaky exceeded expectations and set new standards for future events.  It was a small gathering that made a huge mark for Halloween festivals.  If the headlining acts are not enough to bring attendees back next year, then the incredible energy will surly leave individuals yearning to attend.

Photo By: Da Black Swan

Photo By: Da Black Swan

With so many festivals out there today, we often see headlines about how this event or that event “ruined this” or “failed at that”…. however, it’s not that often we hear about a first festival expanding to three days and completely blowing people away and delivering such a smoothly run event. 

Until next year, Freaky Deaky!

 

 

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