Freakfest 2018

Local Profile: Freakfest 2018

Published on September 30th, 2018
By Jennifer Oppriecht

Freakfest 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 7PM to 1:30AM along State Street from Frances Street to the Capitol Square.

Freakfest is an amazing event that’s not only an epic concert and costume bash, it has also helped keep Madison safe.  In this interview, Frank Productions has provided us with additional insights and details about the upcoming event.

What is the history of Freakfest?
Photo Courtesy of Nuoffer Media

Photo Courtesy of Nuoffer Media

State Street on Halloween was previously an unregulated weekend until the City of Madison took control in 2006 and made it a ticketed event: Freakfest.

Freakfest was organized by the City of Madison, who partnered with Frank Productions (one of the nation’s largest concert promoters, based in Madison) in 2007 to bring in live music. Past headliners like Mac Miller, Anderson .Paak, OK Go, Matt and Kim, All Time Low, and O.A.R. have brought in gigantic crowds.

Freakfest has sold as many as 43,000+ tickets per year since its inception. It has become not only Madison’s biggest Halloween bash, but one that has the attention of the Midwest.

What is Planned for This Year’s Freakfest?
Freakfest Lineup This Year

Freakfest Lineup This Year


This year, Freakfest has three stages with hours of live music.

The Steve Brown Apartments Stage at Gilman Street is headlined by Quinn XCII and Yung Gravy, and supported by DJay Mando, Son!, Kenny Hoopla and Neu Dae.

The Mountain Dew Stage at Capitol Square is headlined by MisterWives, and supported by Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, MKE-based Lex Allen, Gender Confetti, and Madison fave DJ Boyfrrriend.

The WSUM/Ian’s Pizza Stage at Frances Street is serving up an eclectic showcase of Madison’s music scene with Distant Cuzins, The Dirty Nil, Solid Freex, Parsing, Dead Soft, and the Minotaurs.

There’s something for any fan of any genre!

Why Do People Freak Over Freakfest?
Photo Courtesy of Nuoffer Media

Photo Courtesy of Nuoffer Media

We take over State Street in the heart of downtown Madison on Halloween weekend and throw a gigantic party that anyone can enjoy. It’s also only $10 for top shelf entertainment.

Prior to 2006, before Freakfest began, State Street on Halloween weekend was unregulated and there was violence, vandalism, arrests, and it was overall looking grim. Since Freakfest began, the number of arrests have dipped to as low as nine, so we’ve done a lot to make State Street safe, but still an unforgettable party for the city.

Why is Freakfest Such a Great Fit for the City?

There’s a lot to love about Madison, but it’s a city that loves music and is really supportive and enthusiastic about the talent Madison has and brings in.

The city has eclectic taste and Freakfest is an example of how broad that taste is: This year we have pop, indie-rock, hip-hop, funk, alternative-rock, jazz, noise-rock, soul, and more spread across three stages.

Much like last year, the local acts are bringing in a lot of hype, too, so it’s affirming that Madison has pride in it’s own talent for the event.

Photo Courtesy of Nuoffer Media

Photo Courtesy of Nuoffer Media


How Much are Tickets and Where Do I Buy Them?

Advance tickets are available for $10 online, at the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum Box Office,  and our ticket outlets, which are listed below:

B-Side Records



Sunshine Daydream

The University Book Store

The Soap Opera

Community Pharmacy

Ian’s Pizza

Los Gelemos

High Noon Saloon

Tickets are available for $15 at the gate.

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