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Aug 27

Insomniac Announces BOO, A Halloween Massive In Brooklyn

East coast ravers have a new option for their Halloween haunt this year when Insomniac busts out Boo, a brand new one-night event coming to Barclay's Center in Brooklyn Oct. 31.

Insomniac's editorial team shared the news today along with several wicked-good horror puns on their site, but no information has been made available beyond the event's location and date of Halloween, in addition to it being 18-and-over.

Boo should also scare Made Event and parent company SFX, as this is Insomniac's first foray into the East coast Halloween game and could be a deliberate attempt to frighten off Robert Sillerman's event giant. According to SFX' most recent quarterly report, SFX and mass media company Clear Channel have plans to "... host two new EMC (Electronic Music Culture) festivals near Halloween in 2015." An annual report released in December lays out the company's currently held trademarks, including an interesting spin-off on Electric Zoo: "Electric Boo."

By launching this year, Insomniac will get a 12-month jump on Made and SFX while effectively derailing their brand concept by taking the term "Boo" for themselves.

Read Insomniac's post here, and check back for more info on Boo.

Jacob Marmor contributed to this report
Aug 26

Slander’s New Remix Keeps Us ‘Up All Night’

To many it may seem like LA duo Slander's recent rise in popularity has come out of nowhere, although producers Scott Land and Derek Anderson have been hard at work releasing hugely popular heaven trap edits of songs through their SoundCloud page for quite some time now. After releasing a decent catalog of edits, the duo has announced their first official remix for Arty's Up All Night.

Adding their signature trap percussion and melodic house synths to Arty's track, the duo have transformed the progressive house single into a pulsating, trap-inspired masterpiece. The energy that flows through the remix is absolutely electric and proves that Slander is up to the task of taking on bigger productions. It's yet another track from the duo that shows that they mean business.

The track is currently set to release on Insomniac/Interscope on Sept. 9 so keep your eyes and ears open for the official release. Also, be sure to catch Slander on phase II of their Ascension Tour.

Arty feat. Angel Taylor - Up All Night (Slander Remix) [Insomniac]
Aug 20

Beyond Wonderland Bay Area Lineup Revealed

Northern California is about to be entranced by Insomniac's Beyond Wonderland Bay Area and its trance-heavy ticket featuring Above & Beyond, Andrew Rayel, Orjan Nilsen, and more.

Bass heads need not worry, however, as in addition to Bro Safari, LOUDPVCK, DJ Snake, Doctor P, and more, a DJ set from Pendulum will ensure the weekend is similarly packed with pounding lower frequencies and high BPMs.

Read our coverage of last year's event here.

Beyond Wonderland Bay Area goes off Sept. 20-21 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif. Get your tickets here, and view the entire Beyond Wonderland lineup below (click to enlarge).

Jul 29

Nocturnal Wonderland Lineup Announced

Insomniac's longest running event, Nocturnal Wonderland, is back with the official 2014 lineup, revealed today.

The 19th installment of Insomniac's longtime staple of LA's late-summer rave scene will feature performances from Clockwork, Flux Pavilion, Mat Zo, Nicky Romero, Slander, and about 70 more across two days. Being an Insomniac event, attendees can also expect high-quality theatrics, eye-popping stages, and mobile performers galore roaming the San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds.

The fest goes down Sept. 5-6, with campgrounds open from Sept. 4-7. Get your tickets/camping passes now, here, and check out the full lineup in alphabetical order below.

Jul 29

Pasquale Responds To Tom Petty’s EDM-Bashing

Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella responded publicly today to rock legend Tom Petty's (pictured) recent drug- and death-focused critique of electronic music culture and Electric Daisy Carnival in particular.

Petty offered his two cents in a July 25 interview with USA Today:

Watch people play records? That’s stupid. You couldn't pay me to go. I'm not oversimplifying it. That's what's going on. I don't think it would be any fun without the drugs. It’s a drug party...

You take that many kids to Vegas in the summer, what could go wrong? I knew it as soon as I saw the ad. I went, 'Ooh, dead people.' Do you need the money so bad that you’ll put some kid's life at risk?
Rotella's response was published today on

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion about records, DJs and dance music, including Tom Petty. We’re living in a very electronic era with constantly evolving forms of entertainment, which may be a daunting thing for a classic rocker in search of contemporary social relevancy as he starts promoting new music. But I would think that someone who played shows with Dylan and the Dead—someone who lived through and actively contributed to the counterculture era of the ’60s and ’70s—wouldn’t be so quick to drink the overhyped media Kool-Aid about our festival experience. If he wants to come to EDC Vegas next year and see what it’s really about, we’ve got a ticket with his name on it. If he doesn’t want to wait that long, Nocturnal Wonderland is right around the corner. My Mama Irene would be stoked to meet him! Who knows? He might just have a “Change of Heart.”
We seem to remember a past culture movement pretty heavily regarded as a "drug party" that earned Petty a good deal of popularity and money, but who are we to judge? Anyway, maybe he should take Rotella up on his offer, and if he wants to get more involved, surely Avicii would be open to collaborating.