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Mar 23

LessThan3 @ Beyond Wonderland

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Noisia - Machine Gun (16bit Remix) [Vision]
Kaskade & Adam K feat Sunsun - Raining (Extended Mix) [Ultra]
Simply put, the second annual Beyond Wonderland reigned among SoCal's very best festivals. For starters, Insomniac did a phenomenal job being organized, and their events just keep getting better and better. Getting lucky with the weather, the superb spacing of the stages at San Bernadino's NOS Events Center formed the perfect balance between the number of people and room to get around. It's not to say that we wish more ravers could have attended, everyone just appreciated the ease of getting around. Another exceptional setup was the VIP area that offered the perfect lounge to sit down and chill out.

Adhering to calls for new festival attractions, in came a work of art known as the Syzygryd. A mix of pyrotechnics, an electronic sound keypad, and an array of glowing lights, this addition to the grounds reflects strongly on Insomniac’s creativity. It also doubled as a highly visible meeting point.

And now of course for the top performances of the evening. Taking the cake for top trance act at the Madhatter's Castle auditorium had to be Israeli psytrance band Infected Mushroom. Performing with live instruments alongside an enormous grinning mushroom statue, the room went wild and out of control when they played their cover of The Pretender by the Foo Fighters. At the Cheshire Woods outdoor stage, Savoy and Porter Robinson completely dominated. Both rocked a wide range of styles from annihilating dubstep to pounding electro trance.

Over at the Caterpillar's Garden, DJ Fresh effortlessly rocked the crowd with a smooth mix of crushing dubstep and relentless drum'n'bass. Later that night, all the way from France, the notorious Dirtyphonics came and exterminated the assembly. Just as they began to recover, in arrived Noisia and Datsik who pulverized the survivors.

Lastly at the The Queen's Garden Arena tent, taking the crown for the night was the none other than L.A.'s favorite, Kaskade, who rocked a massive mashup of his Move For Me with First Aid by Michael Woods. Calvin Harris also dropped in plenty of electro tunes for his set, including his new release Awooga.

From the first beat blasting out of the speakers to the final roar of the crowd during the closing sets, Beyond Wonderland left a cherished impact for the tens of thousands of fortunate ravers who bought a ticket. Having officially proved itself once again, we here at LessThan3 are definitely looking forward to it next year. Check the video below to get in on some of the action!