Spookfest Then and Now

November 8, 2012 -

Christopher Lavinio

Spookfest this year at the Oracle arena was spectacular. This was my very first time going and I had an absolute blast with some of my closest friends. Almost like an early Halloween celebration, everyone was all dressed up for the occasion. From Waldos, to vampires, cute girls dressed as unicorns and guys in fuzzy Ted costumes. The halls were flowing with people and you could feel the bass booming through the thick concrete walls. The dance floor itself was crowded with people rocking out to the music. Spookfest 2012 sold out, so the arena was packed. Everyone’s arms were waving as one to the beat when the lights flickered and flashed across the crowd. When Benny Benassi took the stage so did a team of fire dancers that dazzled the crowd. Spinning flaming hoops and twirling whips creating a spectacle that I could not keep my eyes off of. There was so much energy through the whole night. I look forward to the years to come from Spookfest and wish to share this delightful experience with everyone.



My original idea for this article was to illustrate the similarities between Spookfest 2012, which happed just a few weeks ago, to Spookfest 2010, which happened over 2 years ago. The harder I tried to evaluate the two, the more and more I realized that comparing these two events is like comparing apples to oranges. 2010 took place at the Cow Palace in San Francisco and had a much larger attendance. The genre of music did not vary much from House music, which I was perfectly content with. Well known names such as Steve Aoki, MSTRKRFT, and Dj Shadow got the crowd jumping so much it shook the walls of the packed Cow Palace. The darker atmosphere at the Cow Palace seemed to draw a more mature crowd. 2012 on the other hand took place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. It was a sold out show that featured names as big as Datsik, Benny Benassi and Calvin Harris. Because of the difference in styles of the artists that were there the music was much more diverse ranging from House to Trance to Dubstep and even a little Trap music. The arena was decorated in a more playful costume party style and went along very well with the music. As you can see it’s extremely hard for me to compare two completely different events. Overall though, I couldn’t be more than happy about how both events went and recommend you get your ticket early next year. I know I am!


Here's some classics from the artists of Spookfest 2010:

And here's a few bangers from this years Spookfest:


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