Preview: Haunted Fest set to go bump in the night with EDM-heavy lineup

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

When Haunted Fest takes over Battelle Hall in the Columbus Convention Center on Halloween, the only thing going bump in the night will be the beats.

The fest doubles as an EDM United Nations of sorts, bringing together electronic-leaning artists from Canada (Zeds Dead and A-Trak), Russia (Arty) and the U.S. (Connecticut’s Audien). There will be no language barrier at play here, though, since the performers tend to prefer wordless communication, transmitting ideas via a full-on assault of slinky bass, booming drums and clipped electronic samples.

While the music itself can be hypnotic, forcing audience members into a trance-like dance state — something occasionally heightened by a range of mind-altering substances — few of the performers are worth watching for any extended period, which is why EDM shows are generally accompanied by arena-caliber lighting and elaborate video displays. Expect as much here. In a press release, organizers touted staging and production that would turn Battelle Hall “into a scary haven you’ll never want to leave,” which probably sounds like great news to everyone except the building’s cleaning crew.

Photo courtesy of Zeds Dead

Battelle Hall

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31

400 N. High St., Downtown