Electronic music is making a bigger statement this year than it has ever before. With the return of events such as Beyond Wonderland to Southern California as well as the genre’s takeover at festivals as big as Coachella, it’s safe to say that electronic music has officially made its way into mainstream music culture. Read on to find which festivals Angelenos are heading to in order to get their dance scene fix this year.
Beyond Wonderland SoCal (March 20 – 21, 2015)
Insomniac is bringing Beyond back to Southern California this year, offering camping passes for the first time in its history in the area. That announcement alone was enough for many to celebrate the festival’s return to San Bernardino, while the lineup, featuring underground producers playing on the same stages as heavyweights in the electronic dance scene, sealed the deal for many others. Attendees of Beyond Wonderland can expect the whimsical, flamboyant atmosphere promised at any Insomniac festival, along with any innovative surprises Pasquale Rotella may have up his sleeve for this festival’s heavily-awaited SoCal return. San Manuel Amphitheater, 2575 Glen Helen Pkwy, Devore Heights, CA, USA +1 909 880 6500
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (April 10 – 12 and 17 – 19, 2015)
With about 67 artists, electronic music is by far the most represented genre of music amongst the 163 acts performing over the course of the two-weekend music extravaganza known as Coachella. Although EDM acts have traditionally been confined to the Yuma tent in the past, festival goers can probably expect DJs to grace some of the other stages this April. And with big-name producers such as Axwell / Ingrosso and Kaskade playing alongside diverse artists such as Drake and Jack White, this year’s eclectic lineup is bound to satisfy the tastes of every attendee that dances at the Coachella Valley. Empire Polo Club, 81 – 800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA, USA +1 760 342 2762
Nocturnal Wonderland 20th Anniversary (September 4-6, 2015)
A festival that has slowly expanded over the years to accommodate the thousands who annually flock to its grounds, this year Nocturnal Wonderland will be extended by three days to celebrate its 20th anniversary, as announced by Insomniac. This Labor Day weekend general attendees and campers alike can expect the same level, if not more, of Insomniac’s pageantry and attention to detail in its stage production and fanciful art installations in its effort to make the anniversary of its second decade of revelry one to remember. San Manuel Amphitheater, 2575 Glen Helen Pkwy, Devore Heights, CA +1 909 880 6500
HARD Day of the Dead (Date TBA)
HARDfest takes pride in the fact that its events are more like music festivals rather than ‘raves’. The lack of neon-clad, kandi-parading festival goers at HARD events is a testament to that. In comparison to the fantastic elements found at Escape Wonderland, the rival Halloween event put on by Insomniac, Day of the Dead’s atmosphere is gritty and industrial with a hint of danger. HARD Day of the Dead consistently pairs nightmarish costumes with stacked music lineups, making for what is essentially a electronic music lover’s Halloween dream.
White Wonderland (Date TBA)
One of the biggest ways in which electronic music lovers can dance into the New Year together, White Wonderland remains one of Insomniac’s most talked-about annual events. Festival goers wholeheartedly embrace the idea of starting the New Year with a clean slate, and this mindset is reinforced by Insomniac’s policy of all-white outfits for the event. With past DJs such as Above and Beyond, Steve Angello, and Dash Berlin ringing in the new year, many find it hard to accept the 21+ age restriction. But with thousands in attendance every year, White Wonderland definitely seems worth the wait. Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA, USA +1 714 765 8950 By Feli Nicole
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