As school starts and Fall sets in the anticipation for Nocturnal Wonderland 2019 is growing. This year we will be saying goodbye to the Glen Helen Amphitheater and it’s going out with a bang! From those who choose to camp, the festivities will begin on Thursday, September 13 with a Pre-Party at the campgrounds starting from 6 pm until 2:30 am. In addition to the insanely talented artists kicking off the rager, the Parliament Art Car will make its first West Coast debut at the camp, followed by rolling its way into the festival on September 14th and September 15th.
I just want to take a moment to drop some knowledge on you. Did you know, Nocturnal Wonderland has been going on since 1995 where it was first held in Downtown Los Angeles. It is the longest-running Insomniac festival in addition to, the oldest rave in North America. The Glen Helen Amphitheater has been its home since 2013. With a new sound ordinance in place, it is time to move on. Insomniac CEO and Owner, Pasquale Rotella mentioned he will be bringing his entire family to camp for the weekend to say goodbye properly. In order to work around the ordinance, which requires music to be shut down by midnight, Pasquale has chosen to implement Silent Discos in the camping area. The party is even starting two hours earlier than usual at 3 pm. This event is truly a time to create new everlasting memories, cherish the old ones, and say goodbye.
I have chosen five artists I refuse to miss during this magical two-day event. The days have not yet been broken down so I am unsure who I will see when but follow along, I won’t lead you into the dark, just a neon Wonderland. (Click the artist name for their Spotify)
This insane duo from Belgium has become one of my favorite artists of 2019. From casually running into them at Beyond Wonderland, to making sure I made it to their set at EDC Las Vegas, they are now staples on my must-see list. Their unique Wobble sound that integrates everything from UK Bass to Reggae keeps your mind rolling. They recently announced they will be touring this fall following the release of their album “The One”. I HIGHLY recommend you catching this while you can. I am not joking when I say they have taken my soul a couple of times this year.
American DJ, Sam Vogel is better known as his stage name Jauz. The CEO and Founder of the label “Bite This” is originally from San Francisco. He started off by attending Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles when he decided that rather than Film, his passion was music and continued his education at Icon Collective in Burbank. Back during Escape: Psycho Circus 2016, I had the pleasure of meeting him and seeing his set, however, that was the last time. He struck a chord with me during his HARD Summer 2015 set when he mentioned just the year prior he had purchased a GA ticket and was standing in the crowd like we all were. I really love artists that promote the ‘Dreams do come true when you work for them’ attitude. That is why I am thrilled to see Jauz attack the stage!
Philadelphia native, Jesse Kardon has come out hot over the last couple of years. Not to mention this month he released two absolutely fire tracks- one with Griz (“Griztronics”) and one with Rusko (“Bounce”). To further the heat, Kardon played at HARD Summer on Day Two. My squad of close to 20 people made it right to the front of his set! He totally set the tone for the night with his B2B Dirty Monkey set! Let’s hope he brings all the funky robotics with him to Nocturnal Wonderland.
4. MC Dino
I am very lucky to know MC Dino personally. This badass emcee has taken the stage on numerous festivals across the nation gracing fans with his poetic bliss. Although Dino is not his real name, his actual name is irrelevant as he says. He has been going to raves since the age of 14 and continuously mastering his craft. Originally from Colorado, he made the move to Los Angeles in 2004. If you are an avid festival attendee I am sure you have seen him without realizing as 2019 has been huge for him. He has made his way around to events including EDC Las Vegas, Beyond Wonderland, Electric Forest, and Paradiso. Not to mention he is continuously out in LA and works closely with the BASSRUSH team. Other than Nocturnal Wonderland you can catch him at DirtyBird Campout, FreakNight, and EDC Orlando. Do not miss him!
I have never had the pleasure of catching a set by British sound engineer, Dubstep Producer, and songwriter Zomboy. Back in 2011, he dropped, “Organ Donor” on Never Say Die Records which set him out into the industry. Fun fact: He studied Music Production at the Academy for Contemporary Music in Guildford. Most recently in 2019, he has released “Rott N’ Roll” Pt. 2 which I am extremely excited to hear live at Glen Helen.
Don’t get me wrong, this entire lineup is insane and there are many artists to see! There are separate lineups for the Pre-Party on the 13th, the Parliament Art Car is bringing out some new hosts like Space Yacht, and for the Silent Disco after hours at the campgrounds. Camping was sold out but as we know, Insomniac listens. This Friday more camping passes will be released starting at 10 AM. I have no doubt they will go quickly. In addition, if you’re not up for camping, the shuttle passes dropped yesterday. Shuttles are on sale now, priced at $39 for both days or $25 per day originating from The Best Western Ontario. Furthermore, if you have not purchased your festival ticket, get on it! The FOMO will be real, and no doubt you will be regretful. This event is really based on the core values of family, culture, community and we want you to be there to wave your Freak flag high.
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