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Although there were loads of Halloween parties in SoCal last weekend, Escape From Wonderland by Insomniac Events took the cake as the place to be! With its rival Monster Massive being cancelled the day before, competition in LA was knocked out last Saturday; however, this did not translate into making Escape a watered down event. On the contrary, production values were held way up high with some of the best Halloween decorations I’ve seen at a music festival including a terrifying haunted house, a creepy graveyard near the pond, and brilliantly costumed go-go dancers on stage.
Upon arrival, we first checked out the Discovery Project stage, which got quite an upgrade since last month’s Nocturnal Wonderland with a detailed backdrop of a haunted house behind the art car. We arrived around dusk and we were lured in by Alex Sibley’s techy set that featured one of our all-time favorites, the Len Faki podium mix of Stranger To Stability. Next we dipped into Nervo’s set at the enormous Slaughter House tent where the pretty Australian twins not only looked fantastic in their outfits but they really killed it on the dancefloor with just the right balance of big room bangers and vocal anthems. Speaking of big room sound, Thomas Gold shined bright at Ghoul’s Graveyard and surprised us all with live drummers performing his epic remix of The Wave by Miike Snow on stage. Always on top of his game, Sander van Doorn was spectacular as well and won over the crowd playing his Miami hit Nothing Inside.
Later we were engulfed in Dubfire’s twisted two hour techno set at the Cannibal’s Tea Party room, which set the mood perfectly with a barrage of dark red lights, onslaught of strobes, and hypnotizing silhouettes of women posing. It was impossible to resist the vibes in here; they stood out in stark contrast with the rest of the festival. Afterward, the dark techno prince Richie Hawtin took over and finished off the night here with even heavier tones and stranger grooves.
Making sure to catch the set of DJ Mag’s re-crowned #1 DJ in the world, we hustled over to Armin van Buuren who commanded his audience like the king of trance that he is; he spun his hard mashup of Burned With Desire and Ride The Wave, the slamming Eximinds version of Serenity, and Orjan Nilsen’s slamming version of Universal Nation by Push. After a terrific encore, Armin ended with a bootleg of Porter Robinson and Coldplay called Every Language Is A Waterfall by Cadence.
Definitely the most intimidating stage, the Chopping Block’s entire auditorium rattled from the sheer strength of the bass exploding inside it. Here we enjoyed Netsky’s enchanting melodies, Noisia’s aggressive style of drum & bass, and later when we needed to hear some real filthy beats, we stopped by to see Borgore who served uploads of filthy trap tunes, including 2 Chainz’ Birthday Song.