Rain or shine, the rave must go on! The hardcore passion of LA’s EDM scene flexed its muscles this past St. Patrick’s Day. Although the weather took a turn for the worse, this didn’t stop the masses from packing every stage at Insomniac’s Beyond Wonderland!
By far the biggest surprise of the evening was Fei-Fei’s controversial set at the enormous A State Of Trance 550 stage, where she spun loads of dubstep including the Skrillex remix of Levels by Avicii. It was met with very mixed reactions by loyal and un-partisan EDM fans standing by her side and livid haters blasting her over Facebook and Twitter. Armin van Buuren was of course cool about it and was even seen bobbing his head to the wubs. There’s an article reacting to the controversy called Has EDM Lost Its PLUR? that is being circulated around the web.
Overall, the #trancefamily came in full force at the ASOT 550 stage. It was going off the entire time; everywhere you looked you could see fans wearing a trance themed t-shirts. The young Arty was quite the crowd-pleaser, delivering bangers like Rocker Monster by Heatbeat, his famous Rock-N-Rolla remix of Punk by Ferry Corsten, and of course his recent release Trio with Matisse & Sadko. Gareth Emery always rocks a solid set and he dropped some terrific mashups like one with his track Into The Light and R3hab’s The Bottle Song. It had been quite a while since Armin van Buuren played in LA, and the crowd gave him tons of <3. His performance was stellar; he played quite a few tracks from his new A State Of Trance 2012 compilation including the radical tune The Fusion by Omnia & IRA, the official ASOT 550 theme Invasion by W&W (video below), and his new Gaia track called J’ai Envie De Toi. After finishing with a fantastic Amor E mashup of Advanced by Marcel Woods and Sleepwalkers by Markus Schulz’s Dakota alias, he came back for an enchore and played his enchanting classic Communication (Part 3).
It wouldn’t be an Insomniac event without terrific variety, and Beyond Wonderland was well-equipped. Gotta Dance Dirty hosted the techno auditorium, and man did they deliver a great lineup! We were treated to a hypnotic train of minimal house and techno with magnificent sets by Chris Liebing, Adam Beyer, and the beloved Dubfire. Hospital Records hosted the bass music stage, and they dealt no mercy. They even brought in Magnetic Man from the UK, who initiated their face-melting set with the dark and heavy MAD. Over at the progressive house stage, Hardwell gave plenty of reasons to bounce, dropping Spaceman as well as a powerfully uplifting rework by Mikael Weermets of Someone Like You by Adele. Lastly, I had to check out AutoErotique at the Dim Mak stage where he completely pwned the auditorium with his remix of House Music by Benny Benassi.
If you want to get ready for Insomniac’s next West Coast massive, check out Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Last year it was the largest EDM festival ever hosted in North America, and this year it’s set to be even bigger!