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Escape: Psycho Circus 2016 Recap

    With two sold-out nights of bone-rattling beats and fright-filled fun, the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino hosted costumed Headliners as they danced their way through the 6th annual Escape: Psycho Circus.

     Dance music’s most legendary artists took to four elaborately designed stages for Southern California’s largest Halloween festival experience. Making its unprecedented festival debut, Insomniac’s Factory 93 brand hosted the Cannibal’s Tea Party stage with a stacked lineup of house, techno, and underground legends including Jamie Jones, Richie Hawtin, Rødhåd and Claude VonStroke. An infectious energy radiated from the Ghouls’ Graveyard mega-structure as fans witnessed epic performances from Eric Prydz, KSHMR, Tchami and Firebeatz. Inside the daunting Chopping Block, guests were entertained by a diverse lineup of notable names including Borgore, Snails, Four Tet, and a special b2b set by Billy Kenny and Maximono. Under an enormous circus tent, the iconic Slaughterhouse stage returned featuring 26 dynamic lasers, 6 towers of LED video panels and mind-blowing special effects. The giant gaping mouth of a sinister clown housed world-renowned DJs such as Hardwell, The Chainsmokers, Armin van Buuren, Kaskade, Yellow Claw, and Tiësto. An eerie display of authentic circus props including a giant steel animal cage, a chilling guillotine, and a massive cannon, set the scene for a sea of high-energy Headliners.

Jake West Photo
Jake West Photo

     Guests were also treated to the debut of Escape’s largest and most intricate haunted maze, The Asylum. Blood-curdling screams could be heard from the massive gates guarding this year’s first-ever Escape Asylum maze. The maze was incredibly realistic with more than 15 rooms of interactive scenes and surprises. There is nothing quite like getting scared out of your mind with all your friends! As always Insomniac’s creepy costumed performers were lingering around every corner throughout the festival. Insomniac never ceases to amaze us with their perfectly placed art between each stage. Headliners gather beneath each installment spread throughout the festival grounds for hours bonding with their friends!

     After hours of festive frights and dancing with your Festie Besties, guests could satisfy their appetite with tasty treats from all different kinds food trucks and vendors. Some of which included Kogi BBQ, The Middle Feast, and Paloma’s Paletas. Those looking for a sweeter treat flocked to the Slaughterhouse VIP area where guests could indulge in a gourmet hot chocolate and coffee bar. VIP also offered New Orleans inspired cuisine, and creative crafts like potion-making and body painting.

Holy Mountain Photo
Holy Mountain Photo

 

     Insomniac always pours their hearts into these festivals and the community. Throughout the night, Insomniac’s charitable giving arm, Insomniac Cares, conducted its first winter clothing drive benefiting local San Bernardino charity, Helping Hands Pantry. Hundreds of Headliners generously donated new and gently used clothing items, which will be given to those in need in the community.

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