Something Wicked at Sam Houston Race Park, 10/26/2013

Categories: Aftermath

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Photos by Marco Torres
Big stage = massive sounds.
Something Wicked Festival
Sam Houston Race Park
October 26, 2013

Committing yourself to throwing a yearly event means one thing: every year you're going to have to find a way to top yourself. Your beginning may be a small, humble affair, but the next year people will expect more from you, and you'll have to deliver to keep them coming back.

The first Something Wicked Festival was a solid first outing. The lineup was killer across the board, the festival was well laid out, tying it in to Halloween provided some fun atmosphere, and late October proved to be a great time of year to hold an outdoor music festival.

REWIND: Something Wicked at Sam Houston Race Park, 10/27/2012

Saturday, Disco Donnie Presents and Nightculture brought Something Wicked back for round two, drawing thousands of dance music fans in for another day of loud music and costume mayhem. Rocks Off spent damn near eight hours on the scene to catch some tunes and see how the festival is growing.

3:44 p.m. During my short drive through the parking lot I've already spotted six white people dressed like Native Americans. That's still a thing?

4:00 p.m. Going through security means taking your shoes off. Easy enough for me, but probably a pain in the ass for every person who thought it was a good idea to wear tall boots.

4:24 p.m. This year there are three stages: the gigantic main stage, a smaller stage centered around trance acts, and another featuring all the bass acts. After a walk around the festival grounds, the early winner in terms of popularity is the bass stage. Alex Young is dropping some trap beats and the day is off to a good start.

4:52 p.m . Herobust's set gets off to a real strong start, and my face is vibrating.

5:22 p.m. Over at Shadow Field (the giant main stage), things are pretty laid-back. I take a seat to listen to Ryan Hemsworth do his thing, which is mainly playing music that's awesome to listen to while the sun is setting.

5:32 p.m. People not even near a stage stop what they're doing to dance the second they hear Daft Punk's "Around the World." One thing you never see at other festivals: that seamless transition from walking to dancing mid-step that happens when a good song comes on.

6:00 p.m. I've heard a lot of hip-hop today, which is a big change from last year. That's not a complaint. 2 Chainz is particularly popular.

6:09 p.m. To prove my point, Luminox drops "Still Tippin'" in to his set. For the next 10 seconds, every person who walks by me is mouthing the words to the track.

Review continues on the next page.

Location Info


Sam Houston Race Park

7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway W., Houston, TX

Category: General

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I spent the majority of my time at the mainstage. I had a small glimpse of Luminox and wish I came in time for his entire set. Adventure Club was my favorite set.. they played a lot of stuff from their superheroes anonymous mixtapes which was awesome. I'm having withdrawals already and can't wait for next year!  


One of the photographers took a picture of us (Jack and Sally [Best couple costume]) and had told us that we would be in the Houston Press next week, yet I sadly don't see us. Maybe there'll be another article?


Luminox was so rad. Big ups to that dude


Would it be wrong of me to assume you are a little bias. You obviously spent most of your time in the Bass/Trap area so how cold you know who had the best set. Why do we even need to have a "Best Set "argument.  I like your timetable review of SW, very amusing. 


You must have missed the Wolfgang Gartner set at the main stage (I believe he was on at the same time as Adventure Club). General opinion is that he was the best set overall, even managing to top Tiesto's set (who he opened for), but like you said Tiesto gets fireworks.

CoryGarcia moderator communitymanager

@audiomind79 In fairness, I did admit my bias, however my review only reflects my opinions. Truth be told, I imagine very few people left SW disappointed, no matter what style of music they enjoy.


There's no mention of ATB. Heartbreaking. He pumped the crowd and while me and my friends went from stage to stage to see teisto and figure as well, we were pulled back to ATB. Even after his set, the crowd stayed chanting for him to continue... Saddly he couldn't. His show was phenomenal!

CoryGarcia moderator communitymanager

@cheyenne0709 @ed.velazquez No disrespect meant toward either artist, simply sharing my opinion on the best sets I heard. Unfortunately I couldn't be everywhere at once, which is a shame because I like Wolfgang quite a bit. Thanks for sharing!

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