[Event Review] Grooving Through Wonderland

Looking at the NOS Event Center from the outside, you’d never think that Insomniac would be able to transform the traditional fairgrounds into the Alice & Wonderland themed massive event that it is.

It was somewhere between walking into the Queen’s Domain Stage for the first time, with royal banners draped down from a regal dome and the stained-glass windows of a virtual castle dance on the huge Main Stage LED screens; Between fairytale teapot art cars that stood comically 15ft high just outside with their caretakers fresh out of mind-bending tea party with the mad hatter himself; and between watching every rendition of Wonderland’s vibrant characters stream into the venue all around me that I realized I had already I had already tripped and fallen deep into the Rabbit Hole.

The event was outstanding, even through a chilly rain the first day. If anything the stages had even more memorable crowds with everyone dancing and staying in cover to keep warm and dry.

The Mad Hatter’s Castle was the favorite music stage this year, featuring outrageous sets from the likes of R3HAB, Electric Mantis, Black Tiger Sex Machine, & Australian artist Just A Gent. Christofi dropped an awesome, intimate set early on Day 2 at the Queens Domain that went off too. Personal best set of the weekend? Valentino Khan.

With VIP experiences being hit or miss, I was excited to see what this years looked like. The Gypsy Shrine was there in all their glitter & jewels making people fabulous and there was a massive recreated mad hatter tea party table for photo ops. What truly stood out as I explored the space was an explosion of what was referred to as “wellness technology”.

A massive spinning bed that rotated 13 times per minute to balance the body’s equilibrium. Light therapy masks. Vibrating beds known as SoundLounges. Virtual Reality Experiences. Live Art. An Augmented Reality wall. The list goes on, but I was blown away.

The Courtiers were brought in by Insomniac to curate the space known as ‘The Quantum Lounge’ and they partnered with a company in the emerging cryptocurrency space called Swarm Fund to do it. The Virtual Reality was using the game Sound Self, where the object is to fill objects with your voice. Using tones, fractal patterns actually respond to the user’s voice to create intricate, hypnotic patterns. It was a trip watching how people interacted with the game, with one girl singing into the game creating incredible patterns.

After my experience there, I moved onto the SoundLounge. I was given headphones and laid down on a futuristic black bed, choosing a 5 minute audio track called “Abundance” that had been designed by a doctor to facilitate relaxation in the body. Almost instantly after I was placed in the lounge and the track started, I could feel a massive bass wave pulse through the my body and drop all tension away. It was way beyond my expectations, with one guest sitting up saying it was one of the best festival experiences they’d ever had.

I spent more time here engaged than any other VIP space I can remember. The live art was truly outstanding and left plenty of room to lounge around on light-up, fiberglass pods that were essentially art installations and seating at the same time. The Quantum Lounge was a perfect recharge and entertainment experience that every VIP experience could look to for inspiration. Truly the last piece of the puzzle to bring me fully into Wonderland and send me back onto the festival dance floor feeling my best.

All in all Beyond Wonderland was an awesome event, and a perfect introductory experience for me – showcasing how far they’ve come in the event’s 8yr run. With an amazing lineup, art installations, stages, and an outrageous VIP I left remembering why I come to these events. To connect with myself and the other amazing humans that call this otherworldly combination of music and immersive art home.

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Let’s disregard the week and start the fun early with “Crazy” by Born Dirty off Insomniac Records. This party-pumping jam is just what you need to shake off the cobwebs that have been forming on your fun since work/school started on Monday.

“Crazy” is a techno-inspired treat with old-school sounds that will bring you back to the glory days of dance music. It’s pure energy and fun, something that everyone could use a little bit of to get over the last little bit of the week. If you like what you’re hearing as much as us, then go on ahead and grab a copy of the single from digital platforms.

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Today in the dojo we’ve got some good ol’ breakbeat for you. The Los Angeles producer City Father is making his debut with an official remix of “Looking” by Saro in this premiere. He’s looking to make a big splash and that’s just what could happen with his unique sound.

City Father is bridging the gap between club music you can dance to with music you can sit at home and listen to. It’s a weird dynamic on paper, but in reality it makes for a dynamic listen that allows the listener to take away what they wish from the song. With this remix, the funky industrial grooves are easily dance-able, but the song still has a chill feeling that makes this one good to keep you going throughout the day at the office. No matter where you are, you can enjoy this one. You heard it here first in the dojo!

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We have something that will get your blood pumping like mad. No need for coffee this Monday morning, just have a listen to “afk” by FAWKS to get things jump started. Released on Doorn Records today, we’ve got the exclusive first listen for you.

FAWKS goes all out with this riveting single. He fuses genres like electro and trance together for something that is truly incredible. It’s not hard to envision yourself at a warehouse party deep in the night dancing away your worries to this track. It doesn’t let up once it gets started, so get ready for some energy. “afk” is out now, so if you would like to get a copy, head over the the digital store of your choice to get it.

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One thing nobody wants to feel is alone, unless it’s the “Alone” that Susan Gittes is pushing. Susan is following the music first model, something some of the EDM masked DJs are using as a veil over their manufactured brand. Susan isn’t about gimmicks or brands or anything like that. Instead, she just wants you to enjoy the music.

Enjoy “Alone” you shall. The dark techno treat has been released on Bishop Bloc Records. It’s not hard to imagine yourself in the ravey warehouse in the middle of nowhere while this banger is booming away through your speakers. It lives and breathes the underground sound, a sound that some producers just can’t seem to dial in nowadays. “Alone” is currently available on iTunes with another single for those looking to get this one.

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Time flies when you are enjoying yourself. The same can be said for “Days Go By” which you will be enjoying thoroughly. This smooth Will Vance single was released through THNK TNK Records last week and has been on our playlists ever since.

“Days Go By” is a soothing record whose cosmic sound is a delight to the ears. Will Vance’s minimalist, groovy style makes this song a great one for the clubs, or for anyone looking to find a good track to play while they get some work done, or even simply space out and chill. We’ve already used it for all the purposes above, and now you can too. “Days Go By” is currently available for purchase or stream on digital stores.

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There is a brand new artist on the scene that goes by Klön. The Melbourne producer kicked off his project with the smooth single “Coil” that showcases his tech-savvy sound. As if there weren’t enough great Australian acts, we get yet another one, but we are hardly upset about it.

“Coil” does everything right. Although it is a lengthy single, as most techno is, it never reaches a point where things get dull. It’s pace and groove keeps your ears entertained and your body in motion. Klön’s songwriting is masterful; the structure of this track was put together with a meticulous precision that is lost in other producers. We don’t usually get too excited over projects like this, but Klön has us all worked up. See if “Coil” tickles your fancy just as it did ours.

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