One of my favorite traditions for Halloween weekend has become Insomniac’s Escape: Psycho Circus, a two-day Halloween festival and freak show that transforms the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California into a devilish playground where attendees can immerse themselves in endless festive frights while checking out over 65 of the best electronic music acts performing all weekend on four different horror-themed stages.

As someone who attends a variety of electronic festivals throughout the year, Escape: Psycho Circus is one of the best, and their Escape Asylum Halloween maze is one of the most enjoyable attractions I’ve ever experienced. The fact that they put you into a straitjacket upon entry only adds to the terror and hysteria you experience as you make your way through the haunt’s 32,000 square feet of creepy shocks and jolts.

Here’s a look at the impressively awesome musical lineup for the eighth annual Escape: Psycho Circus, and we’ll have more details to come on the event later this month, right here on Daily Dead. And if you haven’t grabbed your tickets yet, they’re still available for purchase HERE.


Press Release: "LOS ANGELES – Today, Insomniac has unleashed the full artist lineup for Escape: Psycho Circus, North America’s largest and most frightening Halloween dance music festival, taking over NOS Events Center on Friday, Oct. 26 and 27 in San Bernardino, CA. Headliners will enter the Asylum and begin their descent into madness for two chilling nights, experiencing unforgettable sets from more than 65 artists while exploring four unique, specially themed stages. Tickets for the festival are on sale now at

Escape: Psycho Circus is an event like no other, bringing together music and the ghostly, supernatural spirit of the Halloween season. This year, Insomniac brings Headliners top-of-theline production paired movie set quality installations, immersive and terrifying environments – and of course roaming theatrical monsters unique to the Escape universe. Featuring a diverse roster of dance music’s most legendary artists from genres including house, techno, hardstyle, dubstep, and more, notable names including Diplo, Excision, Green Velvet, Snakehips, Jamie Jones, and Martin Garrix will create a soundtrack of monstrous beats throughout the weekend.

Featuring four devilishly designed stages, Bassrush takes over Ghouls’ Graveyard, bringing heart-raving beats while iconic brands Basscon and Audiotistic host the Chopping Block each night. Following last year’s massive turnout, the Cannibal’s Tea Party stage will feature an expanded footprint as Factory 93 curates the weekend with highly anticipated collaborations that include Jamie Jones’ Paradise and Green Velvet’s La La Land.

The full Escape: Psycho Circus 2018 lineup includes:

A-Trak b2b YehMe2
Alan Walker
Andy C
Brennan Heart
Champagne Drip
Detlef b2b Latmun
Digital Ethos
Discovery Project
Dubfire b2b Tiga
Eric Prydz
Franky Rizardo
Green Velvet presents La La Land
Jamie Jones presents Paradise
Joseph Capriati
Junkie Kid
Kai Wachi
Lady Faith
Lane 8
Loco Dice
Martin Garrix
Moody Good
Nightstalker + MC XYZ
No Requests
Phantoms (DJ Set)
Richy Ahmed
Salvatore Ganacci
Seven Lions
Tchami x Malaa [No Redemption]
Wasted Penguinz b2b Crisis Era
Yellow Claw
Zeds Dead

Last year, Escape: Psycho Circus welcomed a record-setting 125,000 Headliners to the NOS Events Center for two days of dance music as they wandered through the hellscape of Escape: Psycho Circus. Headliners were transported into an immersive world of twisted attractions, creepy characters, and unforgettable sets from dance music tastemakers across four monstrous stages. Amidst the sinister Psycho Circus, fans enjoyed the revolving carousel, contortionists, fortunetellers, and burlesque shows all weekend long. Over 5,000 revelers dared to enter the 32,000 square-foot Asylum, Escape’s largest and most intricate haunted maze. The frightening theater experience recreated 30 distinct rooms from seven years of Escape storylines, featuring 120 costumed actors and 25 sound systems. Those brave enough to admit themselves into the Asylum were dressed in a straitjacket and mask before entering the dark and dismal halls of the ward. Guests explored the twists and turns inside the maniacal Mad Hatter’s mind, where padded cells, blood showers, and graveyards awaited.

Two-day General Admission tickets starting at $199.95 plus fees for Escape: Psycho Circus are currently available for purchase on

Visit the complete Escape: Psycho Circus website with full festival information in addition to updates and exciting announcements. You can also follow Escape: Psycho Circus on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To stay up to date with the latest Insomniac news, visit


About Insomniac
Insomniac produces some of the most innovative, immersive music festivals and events in the world. Enhanced by state-of-the-art lighting, pyrotechnics and sound design, large-scale art installations, theatrical performers and next-generation special effects, these events captivate the senses and inspire a unique level of fan interaction. The quality of the experience is the company’s top priority.

Throughout its 25-year history, Insomniac has produced more than 2,000 festivals, concerts and club nights for nearly 5 million attendees across the globe. Insomniac's events are held across the globe. The company's premier annual event, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, is the largest multi-day music festival in North America, and attracts more than 400,000 fans over three days.

The company was founded by Pasquale Rotella, and has been based in Los Angeles since it was formed in 1993.

Keep up with Insomniac announcements and news on, Facebook and Twitter."

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    Heather A. Wixson was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, until she followed her dreams and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. A 14-year veteran in the world of horror entertainment journalism, Wixson fell in love with genre films at a very early age, and has spent more than a decade as a writer and supporter of preserving the history of horror and science fiction cinema. Throughout her career, Wixson has contributed to several notable websites, including Fangoria, Dread Central, Terror Tube, and FEARnet, and she currently serves as the Managing Editor for Daily Dead, which has been her home since 2013. She's also written for both Fangoria Magazine & ReMind Magazine, and her latest book project, Monsters, Makeup & Effects: Volume One will be released on October 20, 2021.