Event Preview: Nightmare Music Festival 2017

Nightmare Music Festival 2017

Nightmare Festival is coming to Camp Ramblewood, Maryland for their 5th year this Halloween. The festival is known as one of the most fun fests at this time of the year. With its Halloween theme and insane amount of activities, festival goers can expect to be thoroughly entertained. The lineup is sure to not disappoint with high caliber talent from every style. Check out the video below to see some of Nightmare from last year and get a taste of what this year will be like.

The Lineup

This year’s festival will feature artists that have played at every nightmare festival, like Figure, who is presenting his Terrorvision set with horror-themed visuals, as well as DJs that are coming to the festival for the first time, like QUIX, who is on his first tour in the U.S. Below are some of the must-see artists at this year’s festival.


For the fifth year in a row, Figure returns to Nightmare along with his Terrorvision production. This set includes a legendary performance of music with horror-themed visuals sure to terrorize your dreams. As his Monster series continues, expect to hear tracks from each album including his newest “Monster 8”. Figure has always been heavily influenced by horror/terror entertainment, which makes Nightmare the perfect place for Terrorvision.


UK based producer Caspa brings his legendary dubstep skills to Nightmare fest, fresh off his self-titled Canada tour. For years he has been a huge influence in the scene and undoubtedly belongs on the top of the lineup. Caspa has worked with the likes of Depeche Mode, The Prodigy, Deadmau5, Kaskade, Ludacris, and Swedish House Mafia. If you’re a longtime fan of dubstep, then be sure not to miss his set, which will be sure to include tracks from his new “Vibrations” series.

KJ Sawka

KJ Sawka, the drummer of Pendulum and Destroid, comes to Nightmare performing a live set that will bring all the ghouls out from the sounds of his custom drum kit. KJ’s set at Lost Lands with Destroid literally set the main stage on fire, and his solo set had everyone in the Cave of Souls air drumming and dancing to his beats. As a producer in the industry that is constantly working to teach others and spread his knowledge, KJ Sawka is a true pioneer. His live drumming will be one of the most exciting and unique things to see at Nightmare.


California-based producer Minnesota comes across the country to perform at Nightmare Music Festival. He’s well-known for his live energy and pounding bass. His original tracks are bass-heavy dubstep and glitch hop music that is all at once melodic and relevant. His latest and greatest remix of “California Dreamin’” by the Mamas & the Papas has been getting tons of play, most notably by dubstep trailblazer Bassnectar a.k.a. Lorin Ashton, on his current U.S. tour.


Quix has been destroying clubs and festivals on his first U.S. tour all year. Hailing from New Zealand, Quix will bring tons of original tracks and collaborations with huge artists to the stage at Nightmare. He has absolutely blown up in the scene and continues to rise up the ladder of trap/bass artists. The wonky samples and 808’s he uses in his music give him a unique sound that makes him a must-see at any show or festival you attend.

Born I Music

Washington DC-based rapper and musician Born I Music (formerly known as Born Infinite) brings a mix of hip-hop/rap and bass music to Nightmare this year. He’s been collaborating with some of the biggest artists in the scene, performing vocals for Bassnectar’s & Gnar Gnar‘s “I’m Up”, and featuring in Skan’s “The Vision”, while also performing at high-end events like fashion shows in NYC. Born is heavily influenced by his study and practice of Buddhist meditation, giving him a powerful presence and knowledge. He will be sure to bring a unique performance to Nightmare that will be unlike anything else you see.


Nightmare Music Festival is being hosted by Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Maryland for its 5th year. This venue offers many themed attractions to go along with the Halloween themed festival. There will be an art gallery with a chill-out lounge, which will have a combination of visionary art, psychedelic music, and comfortable places to relax. The lounge will also be open for activities such as guided meditation, yoga, and seminars. This year, the Gateway to Hell is becoming the main stage after the upgrades that were made since last year. Previously, The Void was the main stage and may return if ticket sales permit. Watch the freaks come out at night as you enter The Freak Show stage. Located inside the barn, this stage runs late night to early morning with a variety of musical styles ranging from trance, house, drum and bass, techno, and down-tempo. It wouldn’t be Halloween without pumpkins – that being said look for the pumpkin patches spread throughout the grounds.


Nightmare is more than just a festival – it’s an attraction. There will be many Halloween-themed activities and contests, including a Costume Contest and dance-off, with top prizes such as Nightmare merchandise, meal tickets, and exclusive passes to the Laser Disco. Other activities that you will see include live painting, pumpkin carving, and the Night Circus. The Night Circus is one of their largest areas featuring a ring master’s platform surrounded by freaky circus props such as the Kissing Booth and the live Jack in the Box. Also performing in this area will be magicians and other various acts. Lastly, The Tunnel provides a perfect place to take a photo with friends and is a cool path that leads to or from the Night Circus and Freak Show.


Nightmare is providing free camping this year with all tickets including Saturday-only pass. They will also offer special RV and trailer camping passes. As of now, all group cabins they have to offer have sold out, but there are still tickets for the special “Qube Tent Experience” available. Each Qube tent is its own unique camping experience, powered by Unity Travel, who will set up the tents before you arrive and also break them down after. Inside you can find a USB solar charger and charging window, black interior tent lining, and internal storage pockets and velcro hooks. Also, their modular design allows for groups to connect Qube tents to other Qubes. Click here for more information on campground rules and info.


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