It’s the Halloween tradition that has taken over trick or treating or dooking for apples, the best way to spend the spooky holiday dress up in your best rave attire and head to Terminal V.

The semi-annual event had a lot to celebrate this time round, with exciting announcements and news dropping rapidly in the run up to date we knew that this was an unmissable party. It’s no wonder that Terminal V find themselves nominated for multiple categories in the UK Festival Awards. 

Get the inside scope on the day’s antics and find out our reasons why we believe that Terminal V ‘The Reckoning’ was the ultimate halloween rave.

1. The historic 20,000 capacity

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It’s a well-known fact that the perfect ingredient to any festival is a raring and ready-to-go Scottish crowd. So for this Halloween gathering, Terminal V upped the game and welcomed a whopping 20,000 ravers into the party. Making this the biggest dance music event in Scotland since the turn of the millennium thanks to the all new ‘Hangar’ space spanning over two stages. It was sure to be a BIG day from the off.

2. Sneaky Pete’s is back

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Stepping out from the cobbled streets of the Cowgate, Edinburgh’s beloved intimate venue Sneaky Pete’s took charge of their third Terminal V stage Pirate Radio. We heard from the likes of dynamic duo Minimal Violence, Glasgow-based finish mix maestro IDA, Free Love, Renata, and more. Good vibes and even better tunes all round, could we see Sneaky’s move up to a bigger stage next year? We hope so. 

3. All hail techno queen Amelie Lens

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Since the day that the news broke on Amelie Lens making her 2019 Terminal V appearance, almost every inch of Scotland has been rife with anticipation. Hard, heavy techno beats reigned supreme over the starry-eyed ravers of Area V who were completely absorbed not only by they music, but the incredible multi-sensory production. You can still catch videos of Lens dropping her acid remix of Adam Beyer’s Teach Me going viral and so it should, it sent the crowd into a fucking frenzy. 

4. Long Lost Laurent

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Laurent, it’s been a while, in fact it has been an entire two decades since French DJ Laurent Garnier has graced the Scottish shores and we were absolutely buzzing to have him back for a dance at Terminal V. Ever the dabbler between genres, he fitted in perfectly to the Interstellar stage that saw other eclectic mixers take to the decks such as Red Axes, DJ Tennis and Luciano. 

5. Fancy Dress? Hell Yes

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It was great to see everyone getting into the spirit of things arriving in their weirdest and wackiest Halloween costumes. We saw it all, from glow in the dark skeletons which looked absolutely sick under the stage lights, to inflatable dinosaurs. It’s fair to say there were some unusual sights mid raving in the crowd.

6. Maceo Plex drops a killer set

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Maceo Plex is never one to disappoint and for Terminal V ‘The Reckoning’ he certainly brought his absolute A-game to the stage. Exploiting his finesse as a top class selector he dropped tune after tune including a minimal mix of his summer anthem ‘When the Lights are Out.’

7. Annie Mac Presents

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The BBC Radio 1 host made her debut to a Terminal V Halloween gathering this time armed with her own stage under the new ‘Hangar’ space. The famous AMP letters stood proudly against the decks ready and waiting for the likes of Theo Kottis, Skream B2B Krystal Klear, Gerd Janson, Horse Meat Disco, and more to provide the beats. And of course, we had to have a dance with the stage host herself Annie Mac. She spun a collection of top tracks of the moment to her signature fresh and funky style all whilst showing off her new AMP merchandise range dawning the phrase ‘raving is a state of mind’ out 1st of November.

8.  Turbo Time on repeat

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Previous Terminal V guest, Patrick Topping, released a stellar tune at the end of the summer which proved a clear favourite with our line-up as it hit almost every dancefloor on the Terminal V map. Solid Grooves founder Michael Bibi was one of the DJs who gave us a spin of the vocal tech-house track alongside a tracklist of fresh hard hitting house beats. Always a crowd pleaser, Bibi set the mood for the mahem to follow with his late afternoon set. 

9. Making noise with SKREAM 

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A fitting name for our Halloween rave. English mixer Skream snapped up a slot in The Terminal following Michael Bibi and Rebuke just in time to warm things up for stage closer Hot Since 82.  Firing out set the was full to the brim with upbeat samples of techno, disco, house and anything else that took his fancy on the day. 

10. The Phenomenal Production

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This picture says it all. Terminal V have always been on the front line of captivating audiences by taking a hold of their senses and pulling them through a visual vortex. 

From pulsating beat matching pyrotechnics to the old favourite confetti cannons on a massive scale. It’s the full experience alongside the music that sees Terminal V pick up even more traction every 6 months, each time you think that they’ve peaked they go even higher. 

Thank you so much to the organisers for having Discovery Music along for another dance, see you next year.

Terminal V is a staple in any ravers calendar so don’t miss out on any information for the Easter 2020 event pre-register here: https://terminalv.co.uk/