Our Essential Halloween Gig Guide

30 October 2014

It’s that time of the year again, boys and ghouls.

Our favourite culturally appropriated made-up holiday is here! Halloween’s become a big deal – every venue in Delhi is capitalizing on the one good week of weather and celebrating the occasion with quite a bang. This is also the season for decisions. The question of attire comes first of course - do you go all out and plan weeks in advance or go as an apologetic muggle (again)? Are sexy cats/bunnies/hedgehogs still (disturbingly) a thing? Will anyone understand that vague pop cultural reference or will you have to explain yourself all night?

But the second all-important decision – where to go, is where we come in. We sifted through the innumerable Halloween parties in Delhi (and a few in Mumbai and Pune) and compiled a list of our favourite events, so that you don’t have to.

The Barsoom Halloween

With performances by two of our favourite new selectors - When Pandas Attack, and the talented Soulspace, Barsoom looks like a great place to be this Friday. Get there early and indulge in tribal face painting, tarot card reading and a taste of their “magical mystery brew”.

The Haunted House Of Bhane
We love the idea behind this event by bhane. which has a strict “entry by costume only” policy. Expect some great tunes by our very own Moniker and MadStarBase, all taking place at a gruesome haunted house. If you’d like to attend, hurry and RSVP via the link on their Facebook event before it closes.

Jagermeister Halloween Scream at Hauz Khas Social
If high energy bass music is your thing, you may want to consider heading over to Hauz Khas Social this Friday. ‘Koocha Monster’ creator Nucleya will be spinning all night long; entry, again, is strictly by costume only.

DimensionRED Halloween at Moonshine
With an extensive lineup which includes Big City Harmonics, Kohra and Alterstate, Moonshine is the place to be for a dance-centric night out.

FLUX Halloween at Bonobo –Bar.Love.Food
Trap master Su Real will be playing alongside KRUNK head honcho Sohail Arora, a.k.a. EZ Riser and resident DJ Pradeep Maharana. The theme for this party is Dress to Kill (literally).

We didn’t find a lot of strictly Halloween events in Mumbai, but if you’re music starved and looking for a good gig, we suggest the MADE Stage at Sitara Studio which will feature performances by Nicholson, Fuzzy Logic, Zokhuma and more.

Mad Stupid Halloween Party at blueFROG
Pune’s Halloween must attend will feature performances by our favourite glitch export B.R.E.E.D. as well as newly formed electro imprint Midland Sparks. Their alliteration heavy event promises “batty bartenders, crazy costumes and a mad mixologist creating creepy cocktails”.

If we somehow still haven’t sated your Halloween hunger, we have many more events listed on the Wild City events page.

It's time to get cracking on those costumes now.

Words: Diya Gupta
Art credit: Neal Russler


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