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Taking a trip beyond wonderland

To celebrate the arrival of spring, insomniacs ventured down the rabbit hole and spent their weekend immersed in music at Beyond Wonderland.

The two day Insomniac Events festival returned to Southern California this year and with passes sold out, San Manuel Amphitheater was packed.

The venue hosted four stages with DJ sets of several genres, food trucks to provide fuel for dancing through the night and art installations that added to the wonderland experience.

Walking around the festival grounds, one might wonder if they had been transported to a fantasy world. The caterpillar on Queen’s Domain stage blinked like the Cheshire Cat in Alice’s Wonderland would and the towering neon dandelions seemed like they were just part of a daydream.

The wonderland experience is only one part of the festival and the lineup of DJs who provided the soundtrack to keep energy levels high was filled with stars.

Queen’s Domain took the audience through a musical journey starting with soulful deep house to bass heavy trap music. Big name DJs Hardwell and Tiesto dropped sets that kept the audience jumping and filled with energy. Australian duo Knife Party had the crowd amped up to close the festival with a bang.

On the first day of the festival, Mad Hatter’s Castle was the stage for trance that touched hearts with uplifting sets by the likes of Andrew Rayel and Simon Patterson’s psy-trance set to fill a darker side of the stage. Bassrush took over the Mad Hatter’s Castle on day two and presented a night of booming bass.

Legendary techno DJ Carl Cox brought some friends out to the Cheshire Woods tent and played a total of three sets over the two days so there was no excuse to miss him.


Insomniac Events attracts a younger crowd and they were able to get a taste of the old school rave scene at the Funk House.

From the seasoned festival-goer decked out in kandi bracelets to a first-timer eager to explore, there is a place for everyone at Beyond Wonderland.

For those who were lost or overwhelmed, the consciousness group had a tent where they could rest and talk to someone.

Every stage was a work of art with wonderland themed decorations complete with characters walking around the art installations and furry mascots hugging everyone they saw.

Performers at the dandelion forest kept people entertained, dancing with their LED hoops or mesmerizing their audience with graceful movements in a butterfly costume complete with huge wings.

The festival would not have been complete without a display of fireworks.

Beyond Wonderland was an experience to remember and attendees had a weekend of fun to kick off spring.

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