You really never know what to expect next from Insomniac, which in this year alone moved North America’s largest music event, the Electric Daisy Carnival, to the Las Vegas desert and also launched their new Halloween party Escape From Wonderland. In late November CEO Pasquale Rotella surprised everyone on his Twitter announcing that Insomniac will ring in 2012 with their brand new White Wonderland event. Similar to the massive Sensation White parties of Europe, the event had everyone coming dressed in their sexiest white outfits for the 21+ event held at the Anaheim Convention Center on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
With talent in high demand on such a night as NYE, Insomniac sold out the year-end gala by teaming up with another local promoter named Giant, who brought with them Dada Life and Benny Benassi. Opening for Dada Life on the Saturday night came LA’s local talent Trent Cantrelle, spinning minimal beats and solid tracks including a personal favorite of mine, Mokba by Cirez D. Later, the Dada dudes rocked the hardest set of the night dropping their remix of Who Is Ready to Jump by Chuckie and their latest monstrosity Kick Out the Epic Motherf*cker while giant champagne bottles and dancing banana people took over the stage. following Dada, Many were hoping to see Kaskade spin, but due to unsafe weather conditions at the John Wayne airport he unfortunately had to cancel. As a last-minute adjustment, the two Swedes were followed by the Electroman Benny Benassi and vocalist Gary Go, who sang Close to Me, Control, and hit dubstep collaboration Cinema with Skrillex, all while dressed in a bathrobe. Later in his set Benny teased the crowd with his unreleased dubstep remix of Limit To Your Love by James Blake.
As the last act of the night, the legendary Paul van Dyk closed out the night spinning uplifting trance, including many off his upcoming album Evolution. If I had to pick the “top drop” of the night it would have to be the monster tune by Swedish House Mafia and Knife Party, Antidote. Both Dada Life and Benny Benassi tore up room with this monstrous chimera that flawlessly integrates stomping house beats, wobbly dubstep basslines, and epic hard trance riffs and melodies.
White Wonderland was definitely the place to be in SoCal on New Year’s Eve. It’s really quite remarkable how Insomniac is at the level where they’re able to launch fresh new events and completely sell them out. Personally, I want to see what else they have coming down the pipeline for the Anaheim Convention Center as a new venue. It felt like an enormous warehouse rave equipped with plenty of top-notch LCD screens, strobelights, and lasers, so it’s definitely an ideal spot for more parties. If you’re looking for the brand new white LessThan3 shirts we wore to the event, use promocode “WW2011″ on our merch page for a 15% discount at checkout. Also, check out our photos from the event here!