I begin my review of Bang On NYC’s Warehouse of Horrors in shock. Previously, I had reviewed Bang On’s Elements Festival, which is a huge deal for techno/electronica lovers, and I understand their reasoning. Elements was in an abandoned dock set up like a utopian wasteland of youth and house music. Hence, I wondered how Bang On NYC would measure up/ outdo themselves for their Halloween festivities. Frankly, I was in awe that not only was Warehouse of Horrors as good/ better than Elements, but it was so rich an experience that I would make it a Halloween tradition.
First, let me begin by describing the spooktacular ambiance. Located, literally, in a huge Brooklyn Warehouse, there were enough “horrors” to go around. From the minute you entered, excitement pulsated through the air. Bang On did an excellent job in setting up the neon designs and skull sets so that from entrance, party-goers knew : YOU ARE HERE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME! The message was instantly clear and infectious, which I cannot say for every bash. Usually, you have to walk around or to the party till you feel that contagious energy of excitement, but Bang On NYC served it with amazing costumed dancers, light strobes coursing through every inch of the Warehouse, and a fluid flow between DJ sets and stages. There was not one section/instance that did not feel apart of the night’s electricity.
From good, strong drinks to good, strong DJ’s, there were plenty of reasons to celebrate at the Warehouse of Horrors. The DJ’s were premier and divided into three stages. The Boneyard Stage had more Hip Hop/ House/ Trap Hip Hop mixes, of which I did slightly favor. The stage featured acrobatic dancers, hanging bull-headed skeletons, and a boomerang screen that flashed high-definitions images that matched with styles and rhythms of each DJ; Big Wild being my favorite. He stole the night at 2 am, with whistling, a drum kit, and a batch of Hip Hop headbangers that summoned a 90’s era vibe, arguably the best time for the genre. Yet, Space Race was not far behind in giving such an fist-pumping performance that his 4am slot felt like a cool, late afternoon rather than an early morning. Still, the Horror House Stage was NOT far behind in exceptional acts.
The Horror House Stage was more techno/trap music, and was the biggest one of the event. It was beautifully designed to be neon color-changing skeletons, which when combined with the fire -breathers, hoola-hoopers, and aerial acrobats made the entire space feel like it was a club in Gotham. You could not avoid the comic book brightness of the night; as if Bruce Wayne was going to walk in to give money, do a DJ set, and defeat the Joker before everyone’s eyes. DJ’s Ardalan and J.Philip stole the stage with back-to back performances of some of the best electronica. Yet, the final act, DJ 2 Tight, made sure that no one left the Warehouse of Horrors, which ended at 6am, without feeling like they had gotten a complete and joyous memory of Halloween. Moreover, there was plenty of side entertainment/favors to heighten your “feel-good” experience.
Between the cool silent disco on the second floor that included glow-in-the dark headphones, the Human Bowling, which was probably the funnest thing ever, and the nice pillow lounge that made everyone feel like they were resting in a Gossip Girl episode, Bang On NYC’s Warehouse of Horrors was the best Halloween Party/ memory I have ever had. The crowd was filled with kind, friendly personalities and the most creative costumes you would find in NYC/ the world. Just seeing the imaginative outfits people wore was worth the ticket. Overall, Bang On NYC’s Warehouse of Horrors was the type of enlivening experience that you would want to make a tradition with your friends. It was too fun and happy an atmosphere to not be repeated next year. Moreover, Bang On NYC is already feeling tickets for their Thanksgiving party: Homecoming so Click Here.