Feb 25, 2014
Festival Update: HARD, Insomniac Making Big Moves

Summer festie season is almost upon us, and we’ve got some huge announcements on venues, expansions, and more from two of the biggest in the game, HARD Events and Insomniac.

Insomniac’s boss owl Pasquale Rotella announced today via Facebook that the EDM behemoth is currently looking for a new home for Beyond Wonderland, Nocturnal Wonderland, and Escape From Wonderland, which have outgrown their previous spot at the San Manuel Amphitheater. While these events search for new homes, Rotella announced that Insomniac is instead pursuing a series of smaller, all-camping festivals at the San Manuel Amphitheater, in addition to all-new Las Vegas editions of Beyond and Nocturnal.

We always want to deliver a high quality experience, even after the music ends, and while we tried our best to accommodate the large crowds and handle the traffic issues, it’s just not working yet. Instead, I’m excited to announce that we are creating new, smaller all-campout events specifically tailored for San Manuel, which will mean better traffic and less logistical issues.

As for the three Wonderland LA events, dates will be announced once venues are secured, although it might be too late for Beyond, which usually goes down in mid-March. The good news is that a Las Vegas edition of both Beyond Wonderland and Nocturnal are in the works, which will be in addition to, and not in replace of, the existing Wonderlands in LA, and won’t be held at the Las Vegas Speedway as is EDC. As for the rumors that Beyond Wonderland is outright “moving” to LV, Rotella replied:

For me, a festival held in another state is not a substitute for our SoCal events. I started in Southern California, and shows like Nocturnal and EDC have deep roots here. Southern California dance culture has been vibrant for more than two decades, and it’s an important place for us to be because it’s Insomniac’s home and home to so many of you.

Insomniac is committed to keeping the Wonderland three in LA, but the team still needs to find a proper venue or venues, so check back for updates and a possible miracle for the fast-approaching Beyond, which may have to wait until 2015.

Rotella is also a proponent of unity and cooperation among LA’s top-tier festivals and announced HARD Events’ annual HARD Summer bash and the all-new location as well.

The fine folks at HARD are in a boat similar to that of Insomniac as they’ve outgrown their usual location of LA Historic park for HARD Summer and have successfully secured an upgrade.

For 2014, HARD Summer will move to Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte, CA, still within the LA county limits. Tickets go on sale Feb 28, so don’t delay snagging your in to the inaugural HARD in Whittier Narrows Aug. 2-3. Check out the official trailer below, and get pre-sale tickets here before they go on sale Feb. 28.

And even more in festie fodder, EDC New York launched the official 2013 trailer Feb. 23 for the May 24-25 at Metlife Stadium. Get two-day tickets here and watch the trailer below.

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