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October 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Halloween-themed FreakNight 2013 is a two-day EDM extravaganza

Afrojack (photo: afrojack.com)

Afrojack (photo: afrojack.com)

Now in its 17th year, FreakNight is Seattle’s premiere, Halloween-themed, electronic dance music party. Dubbed a “sinister circus” and a “creepy carnival,” the marathon, two-day event at WaMu Theater includes more than 50 EDM acts at indoor venues Twisted Big Top, Midway of Mayhem and Bass Asylum. Big names from the world of EDM include Afrojack, Dieselboy, Benny Benassi, Infected Mushroom, Baauer, Dash Berlin, Dillon Francis, Cosmic Gate and Alvin Risk.

Dutch producer and DJ Afrojack (Nick van de Wall) is a giant among his peers. Released in 2010, “Take Over Control” featuring Dutch singer Eva Simons was a huge hit, charting in nearly a dozen countries. Over the last several years, Afrojack has ranked among the most popular artists in DJ Mag, where he is featured in a cover story in the October 2013 issue. His current single, “The Spark,” was released Oct. 11.

Italian EDM star Benassi is known for his tech/electro/house-infused sets, including such hit tracks as “Satisfaction,” “Close to Me” (with vocalist Gary Go) and his remix of “Jammin’ “ by Bob Marley and the Wailers. He also produced three tracks on Madonna’s “MDNA” album and released a new music video for “Dance the Night Away” with John Legend.

Brooklyn, N.Y., artist Baauer (Harry Bauer Rodrigues), known for his hit “Harlem Shake,” produces “trap” (derived from Southern hip hop and crunk) and bass music. He’s been making dance music since he was 13, mostly electro and house. Has produced for The Prodigy, No Doubt and Flosstradamus.

The two-day event produced by Seattle’s USC Events includes thrill rides, contortionists, stilt walkers and aerialists, as well as more than a half dozen vendors selling accessories and clothing.

To meet safety and security requirements, there will be no in-and-out privileges this year. There also isn’t an outdoor smoking area, and e-cigarettes aren’t allowed. Beer and wine are served at designated bars for those 21 and older.

The long list of forbidden items includes alcohol, illegal substances, drug paraphernalia, firearms, pacifiers or dust masks, stuffed animals, coolers and lawn chairs.

If two nights of ghoulish EDM action isn’t enough, FreakWeek offers an additional lineup of nightclub shows. For a complete schedule and other information about FreakNight and FreakWeek, visit the official website at freaknightfestival.com.

7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, WaMu Theater. $120 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com). You must be at least 18.

The security strategy for managing thousands of this weekend’s FreakNight concertgoers has been beefed up.

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