Valley’s hottest Halloween party bounces into Mesa

Jeff Moses

The Bounce Music Festival is bringing the biggest, loudest, most bass thumping Halloween party to The Mesa Amphitheater on Oct. 26, and they are pulling out all the stops for their first trip to the Valley. 

Halloween and electronic dance music is a match made in heaven, according to the festival’s co-owner, Derrick Cowit

“Halloween costumes are encouraged,” said Cowit, though many people wear costumes to EDM shows, and all the color and lights that are generally associated with EDM lend themselves well to a Halloween vibe. Paris-based house DJ Martin Solvieg is headlining the Halloween extravaganza, and he will be joined by two DJs who were called ‘Electronic Dance Music artists to watch’ in 2012 by MTV Hardwell, Deniz Koyu and Dyro.

“We always try and go after the top tier talent,” said Cowit

“But with bounce it’s all about production, production, production.” 

Bounce Music Festival is also working with local promoters like Royal Palm Entertainment to make the Halloween festival as big as possible.

“It’s great to work with these guys who have been in the industry for a while, and still show so much passion for what they do,” said Adam Palmer, owner Royal Palm Entertainment company. 

Past Bounce festivals have featured artists such as Tiesto, Alesso of Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Paul Oakenfold, Lil Jon, and many others. 

On the production end, Bounce incorporates “our fireworks, our lighting, our fire-breathers, our hula-hoopers, our dancers, our contortionists, very cool (expletive deleted),” said Cowit

‘Mum’ was the word for Cowit about production going in to Bounce’s Halloween show, but he did assure that “we are going to knock your socks off.”  

The name “Bounce” comes from having giant inflatable balls of varying sizes drop onto the crowd during the show, the biggest of which are eight feet in diameter. 

“People can take them home if they want to, but some of the big ones are to big to fit into a car,” said Cowit.

Another trademark of the Bounce Music Festival show is the high sound quality, because according to Cowit, Bounce does not rely on the sound and light equipment of the venues. 

They have two semi-trucks full of equipment bring their state of the art sound system to each show. 

The goal for the festival is to bring the music festival experience straight to those who otherwise would not be able to get it. 

“The festival experience is intimidating to new people associated with the genre of EDM,” said Cowit

Tickets can be purchased at, or through Royal Palm Entertainment at, or

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