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Your guide to Freakfest X

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Joey Reuteman

This weekend, State Street will be flooded with Donald Trumps and Nicki Minajs for Freakfest X, the 10th anniversary of Madison’s massive Halloween block party. To avoid drunken tears of unpreparedness in your Left Shark costume, here’s what you need to know.

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When is Freakfest X?

Freakfest will take place on Halloween, Oct. 31. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the last show goes on at 12:30 a.m. (The O’My’s). The event should wrap up by 1:30 a.m., so the end of daylight saving time will not affect attendees.

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How much is it?

Tickets are $10 in advance, and are being sold until Friday evening at a variety of local establishments listed here.


Online sales have already ended.

Tickets are $15 the day-of and will be available starting at noon at the gate located on State and Lake Street. All other gates begin ticket sales at 7 p.m.

Re-entries are allowed with a hand stamp and ticket stub.

Those who live within the boundaries of the event have already received free Freakfest tickets.

How many people are slated to attend this year?

On years like this, when Freakfest takes place on the day of Halloween, attendance has traditionally been higher, Tag Evers, founder of True Endeavors said.

He said festival goers should thus expect between 30,000 and 40,000 attendees. But because two-thirds of ticket sales occur on the day-of, early estimates are difficult to make.

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Where is all of this happening?

The map below details where to purchase tickets and the locations of the various stages including the Mountain Dew Stage at Capitol Square, the Steve Brown Apartments/96.3 Star Country Stage on Gilman Street and the WSUM/Ian’s Pizza Stage on Frances Street.

Who is playing?

There are three main stages at Freakfest, each with a unique line-up. Below is a guide to who is playing, where and when.

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Mountain Dew Stage at Capitol Square

The Racing Pulses at 7:30 p.m.

Modern Mod at 8:30 p.m.

GGOOLLDD at 9:30 p.m.

MisterWives at 10:45 p.m.

Timeflies at 12:15 a.m.

Steve Brown Apartments/ 96.3 Star Country Stage on Gilman Street

Jordan Davis at 7:30 p.m.

Thirsty Jones at 8:30 p.m.

The Mascot Theory at 9:30 p.m.

The Cadillac Three at 10:30 p.m.

Chase Rice at midnight.

WSUM/Ian’s Pizza Stage on Frances Streeet

Trap Saturn at 7:30 p.m.

Chris Labella at 8:30 p.m.

Since Life at 9:15 p.m.

CRASHprez at 10 p.m.

Me En You at 11 p.m.

The O’My’s at 12:30 a.m.

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