During the weekend leading up to Halloween, we checked out Westwood’s Halloween event (aptly named Westwood Halloween), held at the Commodore Ballroom. The most surprising thing about the evening was the lack of spooky tunes, with the only Halloween-esque track played between all artists being a sample of the Michael Myers theme. Artists instead opted to play upbeat tunes, oftentimes doing throwbacks to earlier moments in their careers.
Furthermore, the decorations at the historic venue were quite interesting. Not only was the stage decked out in spooky garb, but the entire ceiling was covered in webs with web-wrapped skeletons hanging down from the ceiling at random points. The whole ceiling was reminiscent of Shelob’s lair in the Lord of the Rings movies.
The night kicked off with Liinks as the Commodore Ballroom filled out. Chali 2na threw it back, treating the crowd to some classic Jurassic 5 songs with Cut Chemist on the decks. At one point, Cut Chemist and Chali 2na switched roles for a track – with Chali on the decks and Chemist rapping on the mic. They were also the only ones that played the classic Halloween movie theme song. At one point, someone in the crowd passed Chali 2na a barbie doll – resulting in a hilarious moment.
Stickybuds entered the decks just after midnight, giving the breaks n’ bass artist plenty of time to run through a number of fan-favourite songs in lengthy career-spanning catalogue for approximately two hours. He kicked off his set with the track Feel the Weight and ended it with the classic Bobby McFerrin track Don’t Worry, Be Happy.
Not only was the music top-tier, but the costumes attendees wore were top-tier as well. Some honourable mentions of costumes that stole the spotlight include: a homemade bowl of ramen; the iconic wizards Gandalf and Merlin; a colourful crew each rocking a separate colour from the crayon box and a hilarious BC Ferries ensemble (if you know, you know).
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