Liverpool’s biggest and best Halloween bash will return in all its hellish splendour this October 31 as The Voodoo Ball returns to The Kazimier, Getintothis’ Cat Vivian has the rundown.
“In the desolate depths of a perilous place” the Voodoo Ball is set to make its return for another year after last year’s breathtaking night of revelry. Rebel Soul will present the Halloween celebrations for the last time at the Kazimier before it closes its doors on January 1st.
Named the Revenge of El Coco with reference to the famous Jack Prelutsky poem ‘The Bogeyman’, El Coco is the Spanish and Latin American bogeyman who will come after your misbehaving children and either devour them straight away or take them to a place of no return.
The poem warns “never dare to approach his dark lair for he’s waiting”, but it’s safe to say Merseyside will be undeterred and expecting only the best acts to exact his gruesome revenge.
Set to entertain that night are Voodoo Love Orchestra who, led by their megaphone wielding high-priestess, will wake the spirits of the dead with relentless Latin beats and brash carnival trumpets and sax.
United Vibrations will also evoke the next world with a sound described as “Cyclic”, “Cosmedelic” and “Schizophrenic”. Difficult to pigeon hole, they’ve been described as jazz, 12 tone, afro-punk and Mulatto music. Whatever you call them they’re definitely not to be missed.
Many more acts will be gracing the stage throughout the night including 7 Suns, a ten piece Afro/Latin Funk group from London offering their truly universal sound.
Beginning with the Wake the Dead Halloween Parade from the top of Bold Street, the night’s equal focus on all things visual comes thanks to the likes of Moko Jumbies, Tokoloshe and of course The Bride of El Coco herself, with 40-strong Liverpool drumming troupe Katumba and martial artists Capoeira for All also lending their service
The Voodoo Ball expands every year and with this being the last at its home in the Kazimier, expect it to be the biggest yet. Always awesomely decorated with even a fortune teller on hand, the event consistently delivers high energy fun and a high turnout of some of the most unique Halloween costumes to be seen.
For a taste of things to come, check out all the best snaps from last year’s hell-raising from Getintothis’ Martin Waters in our gallery below.