It’s Tuesday, which means hopefully most of you have shaken the Halloween hangover from your bones and you’re back to being a productive piece of society, or something like that. This weekend was a dream – a three day period that kept on giving. A lot of that is thanks to the fact that Halloween fell on a Friday this year, giving people the self-proclaimed permission to go 100% HAM. I also attribute the weekend’s success to BangOn’s Friday night blowout which kickstarted the madness and got us right for days to come.
BangOn’s annual Warehouse of Horrors Halloween bash took place on Friday, Oct. 31st off the Morgan stop in a large DIY-space near the corner of Ingraham and Porter in Bushwick. The warehouse rager started late Halloween night and went hard well into the next morning. A broken water pipe postponed entry to the party and left several scantily clad assholes screaming in the rain. It was past midnight before they started letting people into the party, two hours past the listed 10 PM doors time. This sucked pretty hard considering the chilly, wet conditions outside. BangOn and security staffers should have done a better job communicating the issues to unhappy ninja turtles, barbies, aliens and your run of the mill ravers who were too high to put together costumes. Despite the fact that I had to piss like Kathie Lee two hours into watching Titanic, watching people flip out was moderately entertaining. A furious batman stormed out just moments before the line started moving. I mean, what were they gonna do? Let a bunch of people into an open space that was spewing questionable water near a number of electrical sources? People needed to calm the EFF down and have a good time. Thankfully, the poorly orchestrated entry probably deterred a bunch of mondo-douches from actually attending the party, so by the time 1:30 AM rolled around, it was all good vibes.
There was no shortage of magic in the Warehouse that night. Arial dancers dressed like sexy nurses hung from the rafters, performing for those waiting in line for drinks. Burly men in construction outfits used tools near the main stage to spray the audience with hot sparks (reminding me of the John Waters Simpons Episode). Those looking to get spooked had the option of going through a makeshift haunted house with a possessed girl or a naked homeless man describing dicks inside. I got the former version, but a few of my friends swear they witnessed a crazy dude just standing inside a room completely nude and rambling nonsense to intoxicated partygoers. Creepy or hilarious? Also, did that guy make $50 on Friday night or was he paid in booze?
Three stages allowed music to spill into the space, causing some fairly significant bleed, but no one seemed to give a shit. While I couldn’t quite get a hold on each of the stage’s respective genres of focus, I’d say that the mainstage skewed toward hip-hop and trap, the second stage located further within the warehouse near the carnival rides played to house heads, and the stage which I will call the “Port-O-Potty Stage” was doling out hits from yesterday and today, with everything from Michael Jackson to The Knocks. The diverse offering was the perfect room to stop for a smoke or a bite to eat from the Peruvian style food truck that was parked out back.
Musical highlights of the night go to Break Science’s live set which featured vocalists and a full horn section. Not too shabby for a pop up party. This was the set that the crowd needed, and trust me when I say it was a total BRAIN REACTION. People were going nuts for these New York natives who has a serious handle on how to mesh EDM and hip-hop. The energy, talent and unique approach to playing a live electronic set did not go unnoticed. Their set spanned their discography with a heavy focus on their 2013 release Seven Bridges with songs like Now You Want More, You Got It, Brain Reaction and more.
Other sets of note go to Love & Logic for getting the party started in the main hall, Random Rab for bringing a funky sensibility to his deep house set and Space Jesus for dropping some insane bass at 5:45 AM. He appeared as though he had no signs of stopping anytime soon too. Pretty.Damn.Impressive. I somehow managed to miss Twin Shadow completely – I don’t know if sets were running behind, or if he was moved to another stage, but I did hear that he spun a great set, as per usual!
Despite the rocky start, BangOn pulled through and has another legendary party to add to the books. There are just certain problems that are inevitable when you’re running a pop-up party outfit like these guys, and ultimately, you might have to stand in the rain for an hour in a slutty baby costume before you can get inside and get your rocks off to some hard trap. That said, it’s a small price to pay for parties of this caliber. Next time you complain, remember that you’re probably one of the luckiest MOFOs you know. That’s some knowledge from my dome to yours.