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FREAKY DEAKY RELEASES 2016 PRE-SALE TICKETS Official 2015 Aftermovie Out Now

July 20, 2016  —  FREAKY DEAKY – The Largest Halloween Event in the Midwest – returns for its eighth year to the expansive Toyota Park this Halloween weekend on October 28 – 30, 2016.Featuring a chilling and thrilling experience with 50+ artists spanning a wide variety of genres, Freaky Deaky 2016 promises to bring the freak out of everyone this October.
A limited number of pre-sale tickets are now on sale at the lowest available price, courtesy of React Presents! Don’t wait to cash in on the savings, and head over to freakydeakyhalloween.comto secure your passes before they sell out.
In the meantime, fans can transport themselves back to last year’s spooktacular Halloween and all its festivities and frights with Freaky Deaky’s 2015 Official Aftermovie. From towering views of a decked out Toyota Park, to glimpses of the mayhem inside the tented stages, every ghastly moment can be experienced once more in anticipation of this year’s celebration. Click below to watch.Last year, Freaky Deaky expanded to three full days of festivities for the very first time, with headliners BASSNECTAR, CARNAGE, PRETTY LIGHTS, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, 2 CHAINZ and more drawing in crowds by the thousands. The atmosphere surrounding Toyota Park was unmatched in its inclusivity and powerful visual spectacle. In addition to three epic stages which showcased their own unique, eye-popping designs, festival goers were greeted by droves of costumed performers, artful pyrotechnics, and a wide assortment of devilish food and drink vendors.
As Freaky Deaky 2016 draws nearer, fans can expect the complete artist lineup and official on sale of regular priced ticket options very soon. Follow Freaky Deaky on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and announcements.
“Freaky Deaky’s new home was full of crazy costumes and big beats. The grounds had three stages, each with its own spooky name and design [from] spider webs and smoke machines at The Crypt stage to a bizarre carnival setup at The Big Top.” — Chicagoist“The expanded footprint leads toward a more immersive all-day experience, complete with carnival rides and detailed stage backdrops highlighting both the lighthearted and more sinister elements of Halloween.” — Consequence of Sound
“From clowns on four-foot stilts to literal “ghost” producers, Toyota Park’s crowd was a wash of color, masks, make-up and fake teeth. From start to finish, Freaky Deaky was an immense, visual spectacle.” — Your EDM
“Freaky Deaky from start to finish was a visual spectacle and the music keep the crowd immersed.”
— Chicago Music
“Freaky Deaky’s aesthetic was unforgettable and the Chicago mood is always unique. This festival is truly superb.” — Benny Benassi
“The variation of acts on the lineup was pretty awesome, and all the stages looked great with state of the art production!” — Super8 & Tab
Check out our Freaky Deaky 2015 photo album on Facebook
About Freaky Deaky:
Ever since this dark and twisted adventure was founded in 2008 by React Presents, Freaky Deaky continues to grow bigger, better, and a little spookier every year, transforming into the freakiest costume party in the Chicagoland area. In 2011, the single day event expanded into Detroit with over 5,500 people in attendance. In 2012, Freaky Deaky expanded to two days, which attracted over 9,000 attendees, making it the largest Halloween event in the Midwest. Offering a diverse range of world class artists, past performers include MSTRKRFT, Chromeo, Wolfgang Gartner, Laidback Luke, Dada Life, GRiZ, Claude VonStroke, Flux Pavilion, Nervo, Knife Party, Danny Brown, Tommy Trash, A-trak, Araabmuzik, Kill the Noise, Tchami, Bloody Beetroots, Crystal Castles, Boys Noize, TOKiMONSTA, and more.

Toyota Park
7000 Harlem Ave
Bridgeview, IL 60455
18+ | 2:00 PM Doors

Art Events

Holy Pulse Portal, BURNT MAN!!

Calling all adventurers and curious people!! We just recently have come in contact with an amazing art piece that needs to be seen. Check this out!!! This is something we just couldn’t pass up. The Pulse Portal:
–(July 3, 2016)
Deep in the Nevada Black Rock Desert, Burning Man’s yearly gathering showcases the most brilliant and brightest and artistic minds from around the world. end of every summer 70,000 participants gather in extreme conditions to build a city, celebrate art, renew their spirits and re-imagine their world.1634e8ea315a6ae8f4600734846cb2b1

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Pulse Portal

Each year a select few are awarded BM’s highly venerable Honorarium Grant, which is specifically designated to help create and transport these massive sculptures to the Black Rock Desert. Recently Chicago’s own, Davis McCarty, was awarded this grant for using a newly engineered material to make an archway that responds to whomever is viewing it. Pulse Portal by Davis McCarty 2
Pulse Portal by Davis McCarty 0 (2)The mere act of walking through it will change its appearance and generate an experience unique to the person creating it.
“I think the experience of looking into the portal will be like gazing into an infinity but instead of seeing the end, infinity is staring back at you.”  said McCarty.
Jutting 16’ skyward and 24′ long, this arch is made from futuristic dichroic acrylic which, like a dragonfly’s wings, simultaneously transmits multiple colors.
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pulse portal at night

“It’s like seeing tessellated pyramids emerging from the ground -as if you were inside a crystal geode.”
In the sunlight it glitters like a gem casting beautiful dichromatic colors on the sand. At night, with a custom interactive light show, it is programmed to respond with participants as they walk through. The reflective quality of the material plays on the postmodern idea that each viewer brings something unique to the piece.  In this case the movement of the viewer literally changes the color and reflection of the sculpture. For the more curious adventurer the finished sculpture will have some hidden inscriptions to find.
View of Black Rock City from Space

“It’s playing on the idea of radical immediacy where if you see something intriguing you dash over to explore whatever it is.”
–Lead Artist Davis McCarty.
Designed by Davis McCarty, and fabricated with the help of a team of Chicago based artists.  It is partially funded in part by the Burning Man’s Honorarium Grant, but are also holding an online funded effort at  to  finish the sculpture.

Stay tuned as in August there will be a preview event held in Chicago where the Pulse Portal will be on display and featuring a surprise DJ. Music, libation, art and artist all to add the experience. Donations to put the finishing touches on the project in time will be accepted through the kick starter link below where you can donate and get your ticket. The Best way to make it in to this sick party and help a good cause is to click on the Support link just below.
For more information, go to
Contact:  Davis McCarty
Cell (815) 274-9638


MAMBY Makes the Beach Go BOOM!!

Being unique in an ever changing world isn’t like it used to be. I mean how many variations can we find for the same thing? The festival world tends to have a very similar way of curating its artists over the course of the same summer. For this reason, boutique festivals have become a new place to look for the big talent that excites us and an avenue in which to discover talent that we would never have considered before. Couple that thought with an amazing venue and you have the mix for something great!
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MAMBY has made this kind mark on the Midwest, if not National, festival circuit unlike any other boutique music event. With so much great talent out there creating the best blend with the most engaging over all experience has become an art in and of itself. React Presents has, in most resent years, increased their game on this level and with the visual creatives that they have partnered with in BAM Creates have created of the most engaging festival experiences that’s being offered to us this summer.
One of the top enthralling performances of the weekend definitely goes to Bishop Briggs. After playing the Pre-Mamby party at SoHo House the night before day one Bishop Briggs brought a force to that stage that definitely will land her a headlining spot very soon. The power of her voice was complimented by the simplicity of her style. Her whole band gave the perfect support for her to blow up that stage. K Flay, Lany, Black Madonna, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down and Wild Belle gave killer performances each, adding to the female power of the weekend which Santigold rounded out splendidly on Sunday night, but let’s not get to far ahead of ourselves. If you found yourselves in the midst of debate as to whom would win out over the battle for bodies, you weren’t alone. I knew that Kaytranada would have to wait this time as I was bound to be bouncing back and forth between Thomas Jack and Hanna Wants. I ended up sticking with Thomas Jack as I knew that later that evening I would see Hanna Wants at Evil Olive. And woah! The Hanna Wants after party was packed and off the hook! Evil Olive, one of Chicago’s hottest venues, is fantastic on really any given night of the week, but that night held no comparison.
Back on the sands of Oakwood Beach, however, Thomas Jack was melting faces with amazing mixes, as he is known for. Now, from that point I set my photographer loose to catch Wilde Belle, whom he has never seen live, but since I have, as great as they always are, Shiba San and Lido were calling, so, I had to answer. It was no surprise as half the fest answered that same call as soon as they heard Chance the Rapper showed up surprising us half way through Lido’s. Getting close to the end of the set I left Chance and Lido to finish my hour with Shiba San. I passed by the restroom/market/food area and noticed, even in my hurry, how well organized and clean they all were. Things that you go “hmm”. Now, after Shiba the crowd again faced an yet another first world decision: Atmosphere?…or Tycho? BOTH! Duh! That was the Beauty of Mamby; how easy and short of a walk it was to make it to the sets that matter. In the case of this fest, pretty much all of them were gold, but that’s what made it so fun and so difficult to decide.
Three roads diverged on a yellow beach,
And sorry I could not travel all,
And be one traveler, well I preach
And stood long to look and listen, to each
Milky Chance, Tale of Us, and Animal Collective. I can’t even begin to explain how my head was exploding. I think I spent more time passing through the boulders that lined the beach just before the “MAMBY” Plant Sculpture (another amazing piece courtesy of BAM) then with my friends broken into their separate factions. I mean I love my Festie Crew, but, dude, there was music happening everywhere and I was like a kid I an audio candy store. I had to keep moving. I will happily admit that I ended at Milky Chance that evening. It’s impressive how well they can jam! Their set was poignant, energetic, and super professional. Even while they were temporarily upstaged by the fireworks they vamped throughout the whole display and as soon as the last cherry popped they sucked you back into the noise and made the masses dance like it was their very first time.
 IMG_7292 (1)IMG_6522Day two: I kicked it off as soon as doors opened with some Yoga that was offered. But I wasn’t going to miss INPHINITY. Nothing like dancing to a sick House set to wake up my body after a morning stretching session. After that, I pretty much didn’t leave the MIXMAG DJ Tent the majority of the day
IMG_7365Marcus Marr! Woot! That boy has got something! And although Chet Faker, whom we saw later on, helped bring him more into the lime light with their collaborative EP Work, Marr gave us some sick quirky funky stuff on a crazier level than I have wrapped my mind around yet. Be on the lookout and listen. Steve Bug was a blast back. Having grown listening to him because of my club head brother I couldn’t believe his set was so evolved and heavier hitting. Continuing with our city’s own Derrick Carter, I was a happy clam. Never doubt the man’s mixes…never! You know who you are.
 IMG_8003With all these names flying around this page and on the stage that weekend it was nearly to an end. I hope Chromeo won’t be JEALOUS but it was the first opportunity to see my hometown hero Lupe Fiasco. I found him late into his game but I was front and center that night. Dude had that crowd in the palm of his brilliant hands. I was proud to make that choice. Now, I knew that I was to see Loco Dice and Martinez Bros. at the MID that night so I made the move to Chet Faker.IMG_8217
I went back to Santigold. I did. But after seeing her twice in New Orleans I had to spread the love around. So I went back to Chet just in time for the EP set with Marcus Marr. And man! It was better than the recordings! Of course! Did they play Gold? Hell yeah. Learning from your Love? Dude! The Trouble with Us? STOP IT! I don’t know much but I know there was a lot of people going home after that set to practice making babies. MAMBY was off the hook. And gonna be real hard to beat!


Electric Forest is my Electric Heaven!

Words and Pictures by: Josh Skolnik
My first Forest completely blew me away. Expectations I had of the Electric Forest were shattered instantly. Within an hour of roaming around Sherwood in a state of disbelief. I suddenly realized the sheer greatness of this place. The trees of Sherwood forest looming over the festival grounds, the beautiful music stretching across the giant venue and the endless crowds of creatures. The combination created an environment that can only be described as otherworldly.
At night was when the Venue came alive in a whole new “light”. The trees in the forest were illuminated by an array of colors. Artists were painting on large canvases in throughout the grounds. Festival goers dressed in costumes, jerseys and other heady attire strolled through the forest in wonder, enjoying one of the most impressive feats of nature and man made scenery I have ever witnessed.
The weather was almost perfect. There was one storm Sunday morning and minimal rain during the festival. We did not let that stop us though. There were no cancellations of any shows and although it was little hot some days, the sun felt amazing. The sound quality was incredible at the shows I attended. Standing in the photo pit during Sound Tribe really solidified the experience for me. Thousands of ecstatic fans prepared for a series of mind melting tunes to penetrate their skulls. There were many musical highlights. Of course The String Cheese incident was one of them.
On Saturday night Cheese brought out what seemed like an unlimited arsenal. One of their dancers was attached to a giant balloon flying over the crowd, dressed in a shiny silver outfit. Enormous inflatable animals were brought out to the crowd along with several more entertainers. Just when i thought it couldn’t get any better, fire works started to explode in the sky. Gold Confetti flakes were shot out over 100 ft into the crowd. It was a beautiful display of meticulously organized bliss.
By Sunday I didn’t want to leave. Suddenly I realized that I would have to wait another year before I could go back.  After we packed our things and drove off the festival grounds, my mind was still reeling over one of the best times I’ve ever experienced in my life. Ill see you next year Forest Family!