Something Wicked 2016 : A Spooky Experience

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Something Wicked 2016 : A Spooky Experience

Diplo, Hardwell, Carnage, Excision and Deorro.
Just a few names sprinkled on the lineup that would make any raver new or old scream with pure joy.

Something Wicked this year was personally one for the books and their best one yet. Nightculture and Disco Donnie seem to have perfected their recipe for one of the spookiest raves on Halloween. I was certainly excited with the lineup due to the wide variety of music from Dubstep to Trance. I was also pleasantly surprised with the inclusion of a few up and comers well known in the emerging Future Bass and Trap scene. Seeing KRNE, Oshi, Vanic and Prince Fox grace one of the biggest electronic festivals in Texas makes me a happy camper as this is a big indicator of the shift in the electronic music scene.

One of the main reasons why this festival is so dear to me is that they aim to include a wide variety of music. There is a particular stage at Something Wicked that undergoes a transformation between Day 1 and Day 2. The Mystic Meadows stage hosted most of the emerging electronic artists that I was excited to see on Day 1 with Louis the Child, Oshi, KRNE and Pusher. The stage hosted the Anjuna family on Day 2 for an all day trance stage for the avid trance addict.

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Day 1 was an excellent experience with parking and ticketing going very smoothly. A large part of my judgement towards a festival always involves the organization of their logistics such as parking, lines, placement of stages and vendors. I give Something Wicked a 10/10 for their efficiency in getting people in and out of the festival. With the overwhelming number of people attending the festival, the accessibility of parking, entrances and amenities were provided without much of a crowd.

My schedule for Day 1 consisted of KRNE, Illenium, Louis the Child, Slander, Jauz, Keys and Krates and of course Diplo. It was the ideal start to my weekend as I happily vibed to my favorite artists. The artist amenities seemed a little lackluster for a festival of this size but it seems like the performers did not plan on spending much time at the festival. Day 2 was a day of destruction as I spent the last 4 hours headbanging my soul out of my body. I highly recommend watching Ghastly, NGHTMRE, Zomboy and Excision back to back if you’re looking to do some cardio.

My biggest complaint was that there was only 1 water station in the entire festival. The safety of the attendees should always be the top priority of an event and this is where I feel the organizers fell short, choosing instead to entice ravers to purchase water at the vending tents rather than provide more watering stations.

All in all, Something Wicked 2016 was an amazing experience and I look forward to attending this festival next year!

Nelson Mak

Posted By: Nelson Mak

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