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Festival Review of Nocturnal Wonderland 2021

by Arad Javaheri
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Back in 2015 Nocturnal Wonderland was my first festival and holds a special place in my heart. 2015 was the 20th year anniversary edition of Nocturnal which is the longest-running rave in the US. Insomniac went bigger than ever that year to celebrate and set a high standard for what I expected of my annual trip to Nocturnal moving forward.

The Nocturnal ravers were high in energy and came ready to party. There were smiles and good vibes all around with many Nocturnal attendees being seasoned veterans who have attended the event long before me. The mix of old-timers and new ravers makes nocturnal vibes stand out among Insomniac’s other festivals.

The lineup was fantastic with a mix of heavy hitters and rising acts. A well balanced mix of house/techno, and bass across four stages meant there was always a place for you to go to experience the vibe you were looking for. I was there Sunday and saw Nitti Gritti, Jason Ross, The Glitch Mob, 3LAU, Flux Pavilion, Seven Lions, and Sub Focus. My favorites were The Glitch Mob and 3LAU, it was my fist time seeing both artists and i will definitely be seeing them again! 3BLAU kept the energy very high mixing Illenium, Galantis, and Porter Robinson to name a few. The Glitch Mob had the crowd in a trance with the iconic trio performing performing their signature sound.

The production this year was the best its been with a massive main stage with a great light show.  The music was very loud! Even with ear plugs i kept my distance from the speakers to protect my ears. As expected with a Insomniac festival there was no leakage of sound to other stages. I do however really miss the hill top stage and hope to see it back in the coming years.

Overall i was very happy with my experience at Nocturnal this year and left very excited to experience it again next year.

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