Fifteen years ago, Halloween was barely a blip on the radar screen in Taiwan’s nightlife. Now, it’s the second busiest night of the year after New Year’s Eve for most bars and clubs, so expect them to go all out. If you are planning a night on the town, some kind of costume is a must (for places to find costumes, see page 12 of last Saturday’s edition of the Taipei Times).
This year’s mammoth party, as it has been for seven years in a row, is Halloween Massive (萬獸派對) at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Center (新北市工商展覽中心). Massive’s only competition over the years has been with themselves by making the lineup bigger and better than previous years. For this Halloween, they’ve loaded the roster full of A-list DJs including Arty, Nadia Ali, Cosmic Gate, John Dahlback, Felix Da Housecat, and Drop the Lime.
TheLOOP, the party planners behind Halloween Massive, is shedding its image of only throwing trance-centric parties. The night will start out on the house side of the spectrum, transition into electro as the drinks start to go down, and finish off with trance for those in it for the long haul. But don’t count on any of the DJs to stick to just one genre throughout the night.
“I usually just play off the energy of the people,” said Felix Da Housecat (real name Felix Stallings) in an email interview with the Taipei Times. Felix is a DJ who is famed for overseeing the birth of Chicago house music back in 1984, and has since played everything from hip-hop to R&B to techno jams.
“Good music is good music. I try to stay away from all the categories and trends, and just try to do my own thing,” Felix said. “I think electronic music has definitely become more popular, but at same time it still remains a movement and culture. But my heart will always be in the underground.”
In his more than 20 years on the international dance music circuit, this is Felix Da Housecat’s first excursion to Taiwan and he’s anxious to get here. “I love Asia because I love the energy there,” he said. “I’m excited to see Taipei because it’s a new experience for me, to share music and see everyone dancing to the beat of the drum.”
Halloween Massive is also unquestionably Asia’s largest costume party. Attendance in past years has been over 8,000 annually, with most revelers donning meticulously crafted attire. If you’re into colossal parties, Halloween Massive is the kind of event that you should experience at least once in a lifetime.
■ Halloween Massive, tomorrow at 9pm at the New Taipei Exhibition Center (新北市工商展覽中心), 1, Wucyuan Rd, Wugu Industry Park, New Taipei City (新北市五股工業區五權路1號). Tickets are still available until the end of today at any iBon or FamiPort machine for NT$1,400. Tickets at the door will be NT$1,600.
For those in Kaohsiung, Krafty Kuts from England is coming your way tomorrow night. Best known for his producing skills, Kuts is sure to shake up the dance floor at the Technophobia party at the city’s recently opened Sway Club. Kuts’ resume runs the electronic gamut, but also features one thing that doesn’t often make playlists in Taiwan: Breakbeats. This is a special treat for a city that is often left off international tour schedules.
■ Krafty Kuts, tomorrow from 10pm to 4am at the Sway Club, 3F, 161 Shihchuan 1st Rd, Kaohiung City (高雄市十全一路161號3F). Admission is NT$1,000.