On October 26th, USC’s annual spook fest known as FreakNight finally crept its way into Seattle’s WaMu Theater, and the town’s party people couldn’t have been more prepared. Attendees traveled for miles to simultaneously experience a night of haunting beats, intricate costumes, and adrenaline-pumping theme park rides. Whether you were dressed to impress, distress, or win the best costume contest, it was clear everyone had goose bumps in anticipation of the jaw-dropping lineup.
After unforgettable performances from Le Castle Vania, Big Chocolate, and Morgan Page, it was time for Modestep to tear apart the Cauldron of Bass stage. The London-based quartet quickly sucked listeners in with their unique style of performance that includes a live vocalist, drummer, guitarist, and DJ. The group graced the rowdy crowd with the unreleased “Another Day,” as die-hard fans belted out the catchy lyrics and relentlessly jumped to the riotous instrumentations. They continued by unleashing visceral anthems of their own like “To The Stars,” “Show Me A Sign,” and “Praying For Silence” with ubiquitous chunes from Skrillex, Document One, Sub Focus, and Rage Against The Machine—a raunchy combo inducing potent mosh pits Throughout the arena.
Next up on the Cauldron of Bass stage was Netsky (Boris Daenen). The Belgium based producer slowly immersed the hyped up crowd with a soothing liquid D&B track, before breaking out ethereal bumps of his own like “Love Has Gone,” Give & Take,” “911,” “Come Alive,” “Puppy,” and “Everyday (Remix). He than flawlessly mixed these in with snare slapping bangers from Steve Aoki, Metrik, Tantrum Desire, Smooth, KOAN Sound, and Camo & Crooked. As this hadn’t already left the crowd speechless, the young gun dropped classic hip-hop tracks like “The Next Episode” by Dre. Dre and Snoop Dogg, saturating the energetic crowd in utter immersion. Daenen closed his set by gently dropping Bob Marley’s “Jammin,” further establishing his genre-breaking style of performance.
After memorable sets from Noisia and Dada Life, much of the crowd made haste towards the Super You & Me stage. The walk from the other areas required journeying into CenturyLink field, but the adventure soon proved worthwhile after Nicky Romero stepped to the plate. The Dutch producer took grip of the decks, and instantly stole the hearts of everyone in attendance. He effortlessly coalesced emotive synths with throbbing beats, moving the crowd while oozing not stop fervor into their wild demeanor. This included speaker-rattling collaborations with Fedde Le Grand, Calvin Harris, and Avicii, along with unforgettable cuts from Porter Robinson, Swedish House Mafia, and Knife Party—passionate, powerful, and all together unforgettable.
Next up over at the Twisted Big Top stage was Sander van Doorn, who continued the night’s streak of uncontrollably gripping sets. The producer out of the Netherlands instantly swept the pumped up crowd off their feet with serotonin-flooding bangers like “Kangaroo,” “Nothing Inside,” “Shhhh! (Edit),” and “Chasin.” This arched the audience’s energy to all new uncharted territories, as he busted out infectious bangers from Julian Jordan & Martin Garrix, Swedish House Mafia, Deniz Koyu, Labtracks, and Tommy Trash. Doorn’s thunderous tracks took control of the listener’s eardrums, as talented fire twirlers and visually stimulating time lapses took care of their dazzled eyeballs.
Closing out the Cauldron of Bass stage was Flux Pavilion (Joshua Steele). The producer out of the UK walked up to the decks, took a quick look at the ladies Borgore brought on stage, and knocked them back with a venomous blast of bass. He followed this by dropping well known originals like “I Can’t Stop,” “Bass Cannon,” “Cracks,” “Hold Me Close,” “Gold Dust,” and “Louder.” Steele even blessed the audience with a massive unreleased tune featuring the quirky rhymes of Childish Gambino. Much of his set consisted of blaring trap and moombah tones, surprising much of the crowd who know him as a die-hard dub head—his time touring with Dillon Francis must have rubbed off on him.
The 16th round of FreakNight has come and gone, but the illustrious lineup and undeniably good time will never be forgotten. Some of our favorite costumes include the Gingerbread Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tobias Funke from Arrested Development, PSY, Chester Cheetah, Iron Man, Smurfs, Mary Poppins, and the always classic slutty kitties. We hope you had an amazing time FreakNight attendees, and we can’t wait to get down again next year. USC’s New Years Event Resolution is coming up quick, so check our their website for more information on the remarkable event.