An estimated 75,000 ravers sailed in style to the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, California this past weekend to officially kickoff festival season at Beyond Wonderland: The Endless Sea.
Insomniac Events’ Beyond Wonderland returned to the National Orange Show Event Center for the first time since 2012. At first we were unsure if Beyond SoCal 2017 was going have the same vibe after all the good times at the San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds. We’ll skip the suspense; Beyond killed it.
Upon entering Beyond 2017 we found ourselves submerged in an alternate aquatic universe. All 6 stages were lit up in dazzling blues and purples while larger than life sea creatures swam among schools of eager rave mermaids. The entire NOS Event Center was drenched in lights that made you feel like you were underwater.
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Best Sets from Beyond 2017
One of the many great things about Beyond is that there is something for everyone. Whether you’re in the #TranceFamily or on #TeamBassRush there was always a stage popping off. And if you just want to chill you can go vibe out at Lake PLURfect.
Our Day 1 favorites included Alison Wonderland who headlined The Outer Realm stage and Hardwell who threw it down at Queen’s domain. Just watch how the sea of ravers turned up for Hardwell. Wait for the drop at 1:34:
We were also stoked to finally see the newcomer REZZ. REZZ absolutely destroyed it on The Aquarium stage. REZZ’s dark and industrial, genre-mashing techno blew us away. Definitely a name that’s going to be around for a long time.
Like Borgeous’ Tsunami the pounding bass on Day 2 hit us like a crashing tidal wave. 12th Planet had heads bobbing while Will Clarke had the rave booty percolatin’. And like his song “Thief” suggests, LA local Ookay stole the show for newcomers on Day 2. We ended day 2 by vibing out and rehydrating to Paul van Dyk. We nearly lost our breath when he played his new single “Touched by Heaven”.
Trending Rave Gear:
We can’t tell you how awesome it feels to see so many of you beautiful people wearing our rave hydration packs. Our goal since day 1 has been to promote individuality, personal style, and self-expression. Its dope seeing you embrace the Vibedration lifestyle brand and staying hydrated at shows.
What made Beyond Wonderland SoCal 2017 truly amazing was all the people who bought into the underwater theme. The bright lights, soft hues, underwater decor, mesmerizing rave outfits, and totems made Beyond 2017 a magical and immersive experience.
As for rave gear trends we noticed a lot more mesh and velvet rave attire than in the past. Some of our favorite outfits included sequined kimonos, mermaid print, and all the bling and sparkle. And to all the people who brought an inflatable lounge couch - mad respect.
Shout Outs to the Vibe Tribe
Thank you to all the Vibe Tribe Ambassadors who came out to Beyond Wonderland 2017. We are psyched to see that you enjoyed the music and spread positive vibes only.
“I love living this life because I can express my personality in all the best, colorful, and most glittery ways with other people who feel just the same way! I love my Vibedration pack because it allowed me to spend more time in the tents and less time outside getting water.”
Mica, Vibe Tribe Ambassador
Beyond Wonderland 2018
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Until next time, Vibe Tribe out!