Sep 24, 2010
Nocturnal Festival 2010
Noisia - Machine Gun (Spor Remix) [Vision]
Armin van Buuren feat Ferry Corsten - Minack (Original Mix) [Armada]
Tim Berg - Alcoholic (Dada Life Remix) [Joia]

If you’re going to be in Southern California this weekend, the only thing that should be on your mind is Nocturnal 2010. As the 16th iteration of this staple SoCal event, expect a massive turnout in the tens of thousands–the largest yet. Your LessThan3 team will be able provide backstage coverage, so stick around for a comprehensive recap afterwards.

Hosted by Insomniac Events, the company responsible for the famed Electric Daisy Carnival, Nocturnal will be held at the seasoned NOS Events Center in San Bernadino County, just a short drive from Los Angeles. Five stages, each with at least seven spectacular names, will be holding it down all night long with a variety of quality music. If you’re somehow still on the edge about getting your ticket, I hope that this little preview will make you see the light; as a Southern Californian currently stuck on the East coast and physically unable to attend, it really, really hurts my guts.

It’s the general consensus among my friends that while Nocturnal isn’t as huge as some of the other SoCal massives around the year in terms of lineup, it’s definitely top in good vibes and great times. However, you probably shouldn’t take that last statement out of its context of comparison; Nocturnal is a massive festival, and is just epic in proportions. This is no night at the club. In this preview, we’ll take a quick look at each of the six stages and their featured artists.

First up is Alice’s House, the high-energy house stage. Headlining is Swedish House Mafia regular Steve Angello, so prepare yourself for some KNAS. To back him up, we have the likes of Tocadisco, Dada Life, and the Bingo Players. Get ready to get down to some sick square grooves all night long.

Next is the Upside Down Room, an appropriate name for a stage buzzing with electro madness. With LA Riots, 12th Planet, Felguk, Bird Peterson, Chase & Status, and one half of MSTRKRFT holding it down, there will be no shortage of violent beats.

If you were to then wander into the Sunken Garden you’d find yourself deep in a dungeon of deadly dubstep. British masters Caspa, Benga and Skream, along with up-and-comers like Iconika and Plastician, will not disappoint when it comes to laying down some nasty wobble. This would also be a good time to mention that this is a stage entirely dedicated to dubstep. As far as huge California festivals go, it’s a pretty recent but profound development, showing just how far dubstep has gone up in demand.

At the Queen’s Ground, you’ll find an eclectic bevy of artists such as Pretty Lights, Plump DJs, Rabbit (of Rabbit in the Moon), Donald Glaude, and Uberzone. Expect a wild mixture of house, breakbeats, dub, psytrance and just about everything else. This is the “miscellaneous” stage for those talented electronic musicians whose beats can’t be neatly categorized into a few genres of dance music.

Stop over at the Bassrush Arena to get assaulted by an all-star crew of drum n’ bass maestros, including Noisia, AK1200 (of Planet of the Drums), and Sigma. The drum & bass tent is always a staple of California festivals, with the floor pretty much covered in tin foil and ashes. Bring ear protection.

Last but so far from least is our biggest and main stage The Labyrinth. Appropriately, this is the trance stage. Aside from having a series of superstars set to fire the decks–Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, ATB, Simon Patterson and Menno de Jong–this year’s actual stage set up is apparently quite the big deal. Insomniac claims that it will erect the largest temporary structure ever put up for a festival of any kind in North America. The “tent” will boast two floors, an elevated VIP area, and over a hundred thousand square feet of dance room. Needless to say, it’s going to be f*cking epic.

Again, your LT3 team will be there to cover (and enjoy the hell out of) this massive music festival. Stay tuned afterwards for reviews, photos, and exclusive backstage footage. Also, be sure check out the official trailer for Nocturnal 2010 below–Last year’s footage starts about halfway through. Have fun, everyone!