Fall down the rabbit hole into a fantasy world called Beyond Wonderland. This past weekend of September 29, 2013, over 20,000 candy colored ravers invaded the Shoreline Amphitheater with sparkly costumes and good vibes.
The backdrop matched the mood: trippy, colorful, and imaginative with a naughty twist.
The Beyond Wonderland ‘Queen’s Domain’ stage spanning nearly 200 feet and theatrically painted with flowers and a pipes, blew out steam during DJ sets like an over-sized psychedelic organ. A two-story-tall animitronic caterpillar that smoked, mouthed the words to songs and watched the crowd with glowing eyes that changed from green to red and sometimes in the shape of hearts.
The thumping,and never-seizing electronic music was the draw for the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) lovers, but it was the fans themselves (called “headliners” on flyers) that stole the show. Brightly colored bracelets made with cheap plastic beads are like a social currency and some people wore them up to their elbows like sleeves, covering more skin than their clothes.
Day drifted into night, flowing with the serene, melodic touch of Dash Berlin on the first day, finishing with the danceable and sing-able hits by two big headliners David Guetta and Hardwell. With the dark of night, the laser light shows danced with the beats and exploding fireworks added to the climax of each show.
On the second day Carnage gave everyone a surprise by playing “Whatever the *&%# I want” and pumping his fist the entire time. Zeds Dead brought a unique flavor to the popular beats by mixing Jamaican dancehall and Trap into the duo’s dynamic set.
To end the intense weekend, the European genius of Tiesto gave a performance with surprisingly low levels but a bass that makes you want to come back for more.
Security was the highest it’s ever been due to promoters ‘Insomniac’ trying to curb any unwanted press like the two drug related deaths of party goers at August’s Electric Zoo in NY.
However with all the media organizations focusing on the drug relations of Beyond Wonderland, the ‘headliners’ themselves were there to let loose, express themselves and dance their worries away.