NYC Hallo-Weekend Wrap Up: 3 Events, 2 Crazy Nights

After the chaos, destruction and delays that the east coast experienced with Sandy, I wanted to reminisce about the fantastic events I saw before the storm and hope that, with power restored and aid dispatched,  all these great events can continue. Lets all cross our fingers that this Nor’easter headed our way doesn’t worsen the situation!

A Terminal Friday Night

I started my Hallo-weekend off strong with Pacha’s Pier of Fear event out at Pier 94. The lineup was an epic list of some of my personal favorites including Knife PartyTommy TrashStyle of EyeKill the Noise and Baauer. Filling the massive space of Terminal 5, the costumed crowd was wild and rowdy the entire night as these bass kings showed NYC just what they were made of. Here are our top tracks of the night:


Style of Eye:

Kill The Noise:

Knife Party:

Tommy Trash:

Saturday: Double The Fun

On Saturday I thought I would be adventurous and try to go to 2 separate events located basically on polar opposites of the city. Sensation Innerspace, the much talked about US debut of the well known European festival was sold out in Brooklyn and the NERO DJ set at the Hammerstein Ballroom for Webster Hall’s Halloween Meltdown was just as tempting, so why not both!

First Stop: Sensation Innerspace

I arrived to the massive Barclay’s center just in time to catch Fedde Le Grand’s set and not only was the music and mixing fantastic, I was amazed by the production, the all-white, the everything. There is a reason everyone says Sensation is an “experience” not just an event. The unity and togetherness really is palpable when everyone is wearing the same attire and dancing in time with each other.

But furthermore, the production was INSANE. Water works and pyrotechnics and crazy ladies with CO2 guns and the rotating stage and the colors. All I have to say is that you need to get yourself to a Sensation ASAP. But definitely check out Fedde’s set if you don’t see yourself attending anytime soon.

Second Stop: Halloween Meltdown

However, as enjoyable as Sensation was, I had one last event to see. I made my way across Manhattan as quickly as I could to catch the end of NERO’s set, and I was not disappointed.

A giant smokestack loomed in the background as the bassy beats emanated over a packed crowd of revelers, with the ethereal vocals of Alana contrasting perfectly as I settled in for one of my favorites “My Eyes.”

NERO DJ Set, with Alana:


New York Will Prevail

And even though the RUSKO show was cancelled Sunday and it feels like Halloween didn’t really happen because of the devastation in and around the city, I’m happy to say my fellow New Yorkers and I will pull through this disaster and come out on top! Several relief concerts are also aiding in the rejuvenation of the city. If you want to help AND party, make sure to check out Tiesto and Nervo at Tao tonight!

Want to help & not in New York?

Please go to the American Red Cross website and make a contribution to their Sandy relief effort. Remember every dollar counts.


Photos courtesy of Chiara Gerek and Warren Whitmore for Pacha, and ATOTHE for NERO.