- Oct 31st-Nov 2nd: Gates opened at 3pm Oct 31st, and campers were asked to vacate by 2pm Sunday Nov 2nd.
- Location: Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, MD; about an hour north of Baltimore.
- 3 stages; all of which featured upgraded production and were under cover.
- Tickets available online and through various vendors: Single Day: $69+ fees 2-Day: $105+ fees 2-Day Upgrade: $50 at the gate
DOING IT RIGHT
PARKING: $20 per car, $5 for those with 4+ people per car. This crafty parking policy helped pay for the staff, parking space, and shuttles to the venue; all while encouraging the community to come together to ride-share, and keeping the number of cars on site low.
SHUTTLES: Running campers from the off-site parking, ticketing, and security area, hay-ridesque shuttles helped keep traffic coming into camp to a minimum. This freed up roads inside the venue for staff, EMTs, and vendors to get in and set up quickly. Keeping most of the cars off-site also kept campers safer, and prevented extensive mud problems in the venue once the weather turned nasty.
THEME CAMPS & SEMINARS: Following in the hugely successful footsteps of Big Dub Festival, this year Nightmare included the option to organize a Theme Camp or go to a seminar. Theme camps give patrons a way to help shape their community for the weekend; and there were over 10 separate curated camps available for exploration and participation. During the daytime hours, campers were encouraged to visit seminars and gatherings taking place including Tea Time, Movie showings, and Kandi parties, while workshops on flow arts, relationship dynamics, and massage offered the chance to learn new skills.
CABINS: For those unable or unwilling to bear the brunt of the cold, the cabins we were raving about last year were available again; this time with upgrades! Each bed had a Tempurpedic mattress, and cabin prices (starting at $750 ea+fees) included VIP admission for each bed, electricity, and indoor bathrooms. Each of 32 cabins fits between 7-13 people, and they sold out in under an hour during the presale this year.
NIGHTMARE FESTIVAL PDF: Released 3 days before the festival, BADASS created a multi-page 'Tricks and Treats' cheatsheet available for free download to your phone or desktop. This printable bible made the festival details, stage schedules, map and event schedule easy to find while saving quite a few trees!
Check it out to see the full listing of Theme Camps, Seminars, Meet-Ups, and more in-depth info about the event and it's history:
NYCR RAVECEPTION: New York City Ravers came down to join the fun again, this time upgrading their theme camp with a rave within a rave at their geodome. Hosting regional flavor from NY and open decks hours, the NYCR Raveception offered an additional stage for those looking for something more off the beaten path.
CHRISTIAN MARTIN: Bringing a little Dirtybird Records flavor to the Barn on Friday night at 12am, Christian Martin (brother of Justin martin of HARD fame) played a deep/tech house set that had our feet moving and our hips swaying. Shiba San's 'Okay' was a Summer favorite of ours, and hearing it on this cold night took us right back!
KAYZO: Blowing the roof off of the main stage FRIDAY at 9pm, up-and-coming artist Kayzo treated us to an energetic, diverse set. His huge remixes of Jack U's 'Take U There' and DVVBS' 'When we were Young' got the night started fast and hard, while frequent tempo changes kept the crowd guessing. Touching on everything from bass music to hardstyle, Kayzo kept the warehouse warm
FIGURE: Bringing his brand new 'Terrorvision' tour through Nightmare's main stage Saturday at 12am, Figure spent his time on the decks curating a very heavy and dark classic dubstep sound. Sprinkling nostalgia-inducing samples and visuals from classic horror films into grimey, classic dubstep, we lost out minds to his Beetlegieuce VIP and the ghost busters bootleg he finished with.
Check out this awesome user-submitted YouTube video for 11 minutes of pure Terror(vision):
2RIP: BADASS boss Chad Bozzarelli's 3am set Saturday at the Main Stage turned out to be one of our favorites this year. A well-picked set of electro and trap was buffered on either end with solid bass music tracks. Closing with one of our favorite Bassnectar tracks, 'Breathless' he kept the warehouse at his fingertips until the the very last seconds of his set. While no recordings were made at this festival, he re-spun the set for Soundcloud after widespread positive response. Check it out below to get a taste of this genre-blending set:
DOING IT WRONG
THE WEATHER: While we always recognize that weather is out of control of the event, the extreme conditions this year warrant mention due to the impact they made on participation. Featuring the freezing tempuratures of last year, but this time adding the pleasure of a near-constant rainy mist and extremely high winds, the harsh conditions resulted in more than a few ruined campsites and vendor stands, and made costumes harder to stick to for many attendees. Luckily Camp Ramblewood allows fire pits that are raised off of the ground, so keeping warm was slightly easier for those able to cozy up to a fire.
LIMITED FOOD OPTIONS: Left a lot of people broke or hungry, as there was really only one food vendor, and they were pricey. Luckily re-entry was allowed if you made the shuttle trip to your car, so trips to the store for rations were doable. Shoutout to the KILLER and affordable coffee stand, however who had EXCELLENT coffee, and the Frozen Cocktail Tiki Bar (albeit frozen). We're thrilled to say that BADASS is already tackling this problem for this spring's Dreamscape Festival by planning a dining hall and offering Meal Plans. Hopefully by next Nightmare, they'll have plenty of hot, fresh options.