As reality slowly sets back after spending a weekend in Wonderland, I couldn't help but imagine what this year's Nocturnal Wonderland will be like. Everything about this show just makes you appreciate the finer things in life. Beyond Wonderland is one of my favorite festivals to date after this weekend, and let me tell you why...
I began day one by swinging over to the Queen's Domain to check out the one and only Tchami. I have not had the pleasure to see him live yet, so I had to make sure I witnessed his set. The timing couldn't have been perfect when he played because as daytime was transitioning into nighttime, it only made me even more excited for the duration of the night. He previewed a couple of his unreleased tracks that I look very forward to hearing again and I highly suggest listening to that set if you missed it.
Following up his set was the Dirty Dutch master Chuckie who held nothing back from Southern California. To this day he stays true to his mixing roots which I think personally kept him so big this whole time, along with his production of course. Drop after drop, genre after genre, and mash-up after mash-up, Chuckie just went at those CDJ's hard for that hour. This was one set I was really looking forward to see all weekend. With that said, I could not have been happier with the outcome.
Now it was time to make some moves, so I decided to get funky and check out Soul Clap performing at the Funk House. I loved the creativity of the set, and thought just this genre made the stage even cooler. It caught my attention right off the bat as I was approaching the stage and then I understood the whole purpose. It resembled an old, 60's jukebox that you would notice at the diners once upon a time ago. I felt like it fit perfectly with the genre of music being played. Once I figured this out standing backstage, it just put a smile on my face because it shows how much Insomniac really cares about their headliners. After spotting the beautiful construction of the stage, I walked back over to main stage to finish off my night with the heavy electro freaks GTA. It's always a pleasure to see this combo throw down like they do. This set consisted of a lot of classics mixed perfectly with few newer drops. It was a great way to finish out day one.
After a long day one of Beyond Wonderland it was time to return back to the rabbit for an eventful final day. I arrived to the venue only to become more welcomed by one of the most talked about DJ's, Hardwell. He not only had one hell of a crowd, but truly lived up to his name. I have not seen Hardwell perform in a hot minute so it was great to see what new tracks he would play. This was one hot set from the number one DJ himself and made me happy without a doubt. After dancing my heart out for an good hour, I thought it was time to further explore the venue.
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