SF – Boo – Recap

by | Nov 23, 2016 | EVENTS, REVIEWS

Away from the green pines of El Dorado County


Halloween weekend 2016, my Sacramento crew and I headed out to beautiful San Francisco to attend Insomniac’s 2-day BOO SF Halloween festivity held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to an attendance of 5000+ ragers.

Coming into Day-1, we expected a huge line but the staff did a good job of getting people in fairly quick. Making our way in, we headed directly to the railing as Joyryde was on deck getting us jumping in hysteria and staying all through Valentino Khan and Audien.  Being a huge Datsik fan, I had been waiting all night for their heavy bass hitting as Ephwurd took stage.

The production staging was insane with this huge 6-sided LED screen above and behind the DJ booth with lasers and lighting providing hundreds of kaleidoscope effect and pattern which were intoxicating.  Inside the screen was a dancing skull head at times. The Bill Graham is very spacious and I love how packed this place was with smiling faces. I love Halloween time and couldn’t help but to appreciate how much all these people did as well.

Ending Day-1 with Yellow Claw who I have never seen, I was extremely pumped to be on the railing. If it was not for the awesome security guards up front supporting the crowd with water bottles, half of us would have not made it all night as I had forgotten my Camelbak; nevertheless, this night was a banger.

Day-2, we arrived showing up at our normal time and met lots of new people that we missed the first night. After security and ticket check, we decided to cruise around the venue and split up. I ran into my buddy Anthony Bonnet, one of the best from Plur Angels. By that time we got back as a group, we managed for a squad photo op and reminded ourselves the reason why we came which set the night into swing.

Behind the DJs on Day-2’s production staging was a gigantic spider staring down at the crowd. Onto the dance floor as we rush to the front line, Dr. Frecsh, one of my favorite house artist, had the crowd bouncing to his fresh beats, setting the tone for Ghastly who came out with a bottle of champagne in hand ready to hit the stage. I have mad love for Ghastly; not only does he bring the best shows I get to witness but he always gives back to his fans.

We all started to roar as Zomboy was coming on. After already ‘breaking necks’ to Ghastly’s set, we loosened up for what was to come. Starting out with some older stuff, we shook this building ‘till I thought San Francisco was having an earthquake.  By the end of his set, we were exhausted from an hour of head banging which I then made my way to the balcony.

Finishing the night off with Kshmr and Showtek, they had thousands of people moving like an ocean wave. After being front row with new friends and old friends, it was beautiful to just sit and watch these people let free.  Showtek finished their set as they shot confetti everywhere.

I would have to say Boo SF was the best choice for me as my Halloween get away; giving this weekend a 10 out 10 rating as Insomniac never fails to step their game up.

-Tim Warden

CLICK HERE For more pics from the event courtesy of Photos by Aaron Chao