Beyond Everything We’ve Seen So Far (Beyond Wonderland Bay Area 2013 Day One
Twenty five thousand people descended upon Mountain View in the heart of Silicon Valley for one thing, and one thing only; Beyond Wonderland 2013. What an amazing weekend it was. We decided to blend into the crowd for this event. To get a feel for what it was like to be in the heart of the party, and to get firsthand impressions on the second annual Beyond Wonderland Bay Area.
Veterans of Insomniac’s last Wonderland held in Mountain View will remember the auditorium and the restrictions placed on access to the seating area. This year Insomniac chose to forgo the entire auditorium set up to mixed initial impressions. I spoke with dozens of people on Day One worried that the lack of the auditorium would change the whole vibe of the event. It did… for the better!
From the Madhatter’s Castle, to the Queen’s Domain, Cheshire Woods, and the Discovery Project and Gotta Dance Dirty stages, each and every one was a madhouse. On Day One there was amazing sets to be had everywhere.
The Bay Area’s own SNR played at the Discovery Stage, welcoming people to the vast lot where the bigger stages were being held. While Day One of Beyond Wonderland was sparse of pure trance acts, powerful artists such as Morgan Page, Arty and Rebecca & Fiona kept brought held party-goers till the night settled in.
The Queen’s Domain was the place to be till the end of Day One. Dash Berlin threw down a monster of a set mixing an incredible amount of tracks. Starting with reworks of more recent progressive tracks, he managed to sneak in Underworld’s classic Born Slippy. Following up with other favorites such as his own Jar of Hearts and This Is What It Feels Like, the sound of Dash Berlin echoed deep throughout the Silicon Valley. One might wonder if the engineers over at Google were furiously tapping away at their keyboards to the sound of trance. As someone who’s seen Dash Berlin too many times to count over the last few years, this was definitely my favorite performance of his.. Ever.
To close the first night of Beyond Wonderland, Hardwell played an energetic crowd pleasing set with top tracks such as a rework of Animals and his collaboration with W&W, Jumper. Based on his performances this year, he’s a strong candidate to crack into the top 5 of the DJ Mag Top 100 list. Stories of strong performances by Avicii and David Guetta, circulated as the night ended and the crowd flooded the parking lots.
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