Beyond Wonderland: An endless sea of EDM

About 78,000 EDM fans flocked to San Bernardino this weekend to attend Beyond Wonderland: The Endless Sea, an electronic music festival that has gained immense popularity similar to that of Electric Daisy Carnival, Countdown and Nocturnal Wonderland. Hosted by Insomniac Events, the two-day festival returned to its original home at the NOS Events Center. It also featured a variety of DJs and subgenres, ranging from deep and tropical house to dubstep and hardstyle.

Throughout the venue, eclectic art installations, colorful lights and whimsical set-ups brought the festival to life. A variety of decorations such as starfish lanterns, seahorse statues and a 20-feet wide steel squid structure were sprawled throughout the venue and the lagoon at the front entrance.  During both days, ravers enjoyed their time at Beyond Wonderland, exchanging kandi bracelets, carrying flags and decorated totems and dancing the night away even outside of the six stages scattered across the venue.

Photo courtesy of Jake West/nsomniac Events

The energy during both days was electric — every stage was filled with eager fans, ready to dance and headbang to some of the top DJs in the electronic music industry. To start off day one, DJs such as Martin Solveig, Audien and Eptic B2B Must Die! performed in the early evening. Undoubtedly, the most popular stages of the night were Queen’s Domain and Outer Realm. Several DJs performed inside The Aquarium, a stage specializing in house music.

Later in the evening, Ekali and Illenium took on Outer Realm, playing remixes of popular songs such as “Work,” “Zoo” and “Shelter,” and of music from other DJs such as TroyBoi. Headbanging was a popular form of dance during these two sets, while mosh pits developed in various cyphers throughout the crowd. Hardwell and GTA’s performance overfilled the Queen’s Domain, leading to huge crowds flowing out of the tent.

Meanwhile, up and coming DJs such as JSTJR, Aazar and Gladiator drew wandering…

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