Saturday night, SoCal’s dance music lovers made their way out to the seasoned San Bernardino NOS Events Center for Insomniac’s longest running festival, Nocturnal 2011. With heavyweight talent both on the returning and newcomer sides, the festival was a force to be reckoned with, especially on its first two-day iteration. With no less than five huge stages, the classic fall festival went off into party mayhem without a hitch or complaint from anyone–hats off to Insomniac for once again demonstrating their commitment to quality event production.
On Saturday night, the festival was well on its way into explosive fervor–Michael Woods and Bassjackers had already delivered earlier in the day. I unfortunately made it only in time for the nighttime revelries, but there was much to hear and see before 2AM rolled around. Simon Patterson was holding down the massive Labyrinth trance stage with a flurry of teched-out hard trance while drum’n’bass wizards Loadstar shredded up the Bassrush Arena with Camo & Krooked’s summer banger Breezeblock. When headliners Sebastian Ingrosso and Cosmic Gate took to the decks, business got serious. The German trance duo brought on vocalist Emma Hewitt for a live rendition of their classic destroyer Not Enough Time.
As the night went on, Kaskade reigned supreme over the house tent with his well-loved euphoric sound, drawing a crowd that almost drained the other stages of their audiences. Dirtyphonics and Savoy both had their way with closing sets, making sure that nobody left the festival without a thorough bass treatment. Lastly, Mark Knight threw down an all-out tech house bonanza, with bangers like Fucking House Musik being dropped. All in all, Nocturnal 2011 was a huge success–great artists, party rockers and a spacious location. Insomniac ensured that the environment was clean, safe and visually stunning, raising the bar for EDM event producers around the nation. If you’re a SoCal party rocker, keep an eye out for Monster Massive 2011 coming up on Halloween, an event that will be hosting the return of Armin Only.