Halloween hysteria hits clubs this weekend as dressing up and spooky decor become almost as|important as the music. But don’t fret — it’s more a case of treats than tricks.
Tonight’s Halloween celebrations will see clubs across Northern Ireland transformed with spookily-themed decor and clubbers will be taking just that little bit longer to get changed into slightly more flamboyant attire than usual. Most local venues are running fancy-dress competitions with Londonderry leading the field as usual, one of their biggest and best being Deep Fried Funk's annual Halloween bash at the Nerve Centre. Tonight's special guests include German DJ/production duo Ame, Glasgow's Silicone Soul, Caolan Harkin, the DFF residents and Global Virus DJs, plus scarier-than-usual visuals by F12.
Tomorrow night, Portrush keeps the festivities fresh with Traks' Halloween Hullabaloo, as BBC Radio 1's DJ Kutski plays a trademark blend of gritty trance and hard house.
Over at Lush!, the Meganite Halloween Special sees the return of Italian electronica legend Mauro Picotto, who'll be fronting the fancy-dress frolics at the seaside superclub. As an extra treat for clubbers, Mauro will be debuting his legendary three-hour ‘Past, Present, Future' set, blending brand new minimal/techno sounds with a more traditional back catalogue of dancefloor classics.
In Strabane, another of Radio 1's regulars fills the guest slot at Katy Daly's Halloween Party on Saturday night, with the host of the station's Early Breakfast Show Greg James choosing the tunes.
Back in Belfast, there's no tricks, only treats, with a whole weekend's worth of events guaranteed to light your pumpkin, starting off with The Limelight's Monster Ball, taking place over all three rooms, tonight.
One of the UK's most successful —and sexy, according to a recent FHM poll — female DJs, Miss Behavin', is making a special Halloween appearance tonight at Scratch Nightclub on Lower Crescent.
One of the biggest parties in Belfast takes place tomorrow night, although the celebrations are not necessarily Halloween-related, instead marking the 13th birthday of one of the city's biggest clubbing institutions, Shine. It's quite an achievement for any club night to get past its first few months of business, but to notch up a staggering 13 years is testament to Shine's policy of hosting some of the world's most acclaimed guest DJs. The outstanding birthday line-up is, of course, no exception, as two top heavyweights join a couple of dance music's rising stars, not forgetting performances by Shine's supremely talented local resident DJs. Headlining the anniversary bash is legendary Chicago DJ/producer and longtime Shine favourite Green Velvet, who'll be topping off the proceedings with a stunning live show, featuring all his best-loved tracks.
Also hailing from the Windy City, Green Velvet's sidekick DJ Sneak, best known for adding his unique funky Latin vibes with a modern disco twist to proceedings, makes a long overdue return visit to Belfast.
Canada/Germany and Sweden are also represented, with appearances from Berlin-based Heidi, the Canadian lass who stormed dancefloors with her various mixes for the Monza Club Ibiza compilation series.
Stockholm's Pär Grindvic completes the international line-up with one of his acclaimed electronica sets, with support coming from residents Alan Simms, Timmy Stewart and the Twitch and Sketchy DJs.