What a year 2011 has been for Insomniac! Just about every massive Insomniac has thrown this year has sold out, or has gotten to the point of almost selling out. Electric Daisy Carnival moved from its home in LA to Las Vegas or the “City of Sin” or as acclaimed “The Ibiza of the US” and although many were upset to see it leave, Insomniac was able to create a remarkable 3-day festival that went from sunset to sunrise and set records with the massive and impressive stage of Kinetic Field. EDC Las Vegas helped the county rake in over $136 million dollars, created jobs, and hotels that have been struggling for the past few years were finally at capacity as over 200,000 attendees witnessed one of the most epic weekends of the year.
Nocturnal also became a two-day event located at the familiar territory of NOS Event Center in San Bernardino, CA and because of its success, the city has seen substantial economic growth based on tourism and the surrounding hospitality businesses. A new addition to the Insomniac Festivals was also successful, as Insomniac broke ties with Go Ventures! and formed their own Halloween massive known as Escape from Wonderland. Much of its success had to do with the cancellation of Monster Massive, the festival Insomniac was once part of, after Go Ventures! didn’t have a venue for the event.
As Insomniac is the powerhouse of EDM festivals in the states, it was only a matter of time for Insomniac to come up with a NYE gala. White Wonderland is set to be a two-day extravaganza featuring Insomniac’s favorite DJs in Anaheim, CA. A new venue for Insomniac, the Anaheim Convention Center will be indoors, guaranteeing warmth and out of the cold as it gets chilly come midnight in Orange County. As if White Wonderland isn’t magical enough, Anaheim Convention Center is across the street from the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland. To add to the magic of the event, this 21+ gala has a strict dress code stating that all participants must wear white in order to help Insomniac capture the White Wonderland experience.
NYE or Day 1 has already sold out of GA tickets as the lineup for the event is truly massive. Kaskade and Benny Benassi are set to do two shows on NYE, with Kaskade’s early set before he performs his NYE event at Marquee in Vegas as part of his residency and Benny Benassi will be just a few block down the street as he is set to perform an intimate show at The Yost Theater in Santa Ana. The legend himself, Paul van Dyk, will end the party right as he is bound to bring a remarkable set that will be one for the books. Dada Life is expected to Unleash the Fucking Dada as they Kick Out the Epic Motherfucker and we can only expect a whole bunch of pillows to be in the crowd with some inflatable bananas and champagne showers. Trent Cantrelle was recently interviewed by non other than Nigel Ficke as he prepares for his opening set of what is bound to be an Insomniac tradition.
New Years Day is an event of epic proportions as the Size Matters Crew takes over White Wonderland. Steve Angello’s Size Records had an unbelievable year and after the success of the Size Matters stage at Escape from Wonderland, it was only a matter of time the crew was going to get back together and deliver yet another epic night. Featuring Angello’s kid brother AN21 and his P.I.C. Max Vangeli as well as one of the breakthrough artists of the year, Thomas Gold, Day 2 of White Wonderland will be the perfect way to start 2012. Now if you thought White Wonderland was going to be dominated by males, guess again because Tara Brooks is opening Day 2 to represent all the females out there.
White Wonderland is bound to be a beautiful event, filled with love and happiness and an overall kick-ass party. Now although these DJs are some of the best in the game, peace.love.EDM wanted to bring you an Essential Mix to get you amped for this ground-breaking event. With White Wonderland being less than 2 weeks away, make sure you do your homework and prepare yourself for what’s in store!
.:: saturday | NYE | day 1 | 12.31 ::.
.:: Paul van Dyk
.:: Benny Benassi
.:: Dada Life
.:: Trent Cantrelle
.:: sunday | NYD | day 2 | 1.1 ::.
.:: Steve Angello
.:: AN21 & Max Vangeli
.:: Thomas Gold
.:: Tara Brooks