All Photo Credit: Daniel Wesley Boot, Halo Productions
Unlike it's southern California counterpart, The San Francisco Bay Area is not typically known for it's large scale massive EDM culture events. However, when an event does happen to come around, There is a safe bet that we locals are going to get down as long as there is a massive coming to town. That is why we are honored to have Insomniac Events return to the Bay Area for it's second consecutive year with their always impressive theatrical production and line-up.
This year, Insomniac really outdid itself by going selecting the Shoreline in the city of Mountain View as the location. This made for a much more exclusive and well equipped venue that provided the quality of experience Insomniac is known for. There was ample room, plenty of beer gardens and four spacious staging areas offered this year- each captivating their own unique energy from the crowds that visited and the artist that performed.
However, let's not forget what truly makes an Insomniac event magical… that is you. Yes, you! with your bright, colorful, dressed up and dressed down outfits that provide so much to the environment where everyone becomes a part of the production. This was a great year to experience Insomniac's carnival feel with festive-goers becoming the characters of their own creation. This reflected the positive attitudes and energies that made each day and night.
Now to the performances…
Our first day began our weekend to a great start with impressive performances provided by Rebecca and Fiona, Morgan Page, Arty, Headhunterz, Firebeats and Hardwell. But If we personally had to pick a favorite for the day, our MVDJ (Most Valuable DJ) award had to go to Dash Berlin, hands down. It was during his set where our experience took a strong turning point, capturing an unbelievable level of energy from the crowd from the moment it began. We felt lost in a trance of pure energy and were completely uplifted with the rest of the crowd. This was not a dramatization, it was truly a powerful moment captured by those who got to experienced it. We were just so excited to be in the right area and stage at the right time.
So what about day two?
Well it turns out day two was filled with many surprises as well! Not only did we capture many great performances by W&W, Zeds Dead, Gereth Emery, Cosmic Gate, Tiësto, Benny Benassi, R3hab, Carnage and Umek. Many of the artist who performed seemed to step out of their comfort zone and explore genres they are not known for playing. One such example was hearing Tiësto thrown down some dubstep and do a really good job at it. Carnage also made it very clear he was playing whatever the f*ck he wanted and everyone was digging it.
Day two also meant us coming across a few unexpected surprise VIP's, such as Pasquale Rotella, Holly Madison and Madison Ivy.
EDM festivals are no longer taking place in some random warehouse or scrappy venues, but in big multi-million dollar theaters and stadiums. The increase in production and performance has only increased the value of the experience. We've come a long way since the 90's and early 2000's, and it only seems to be getting bigger and better.