Pasquale Rotella, the CEO and Founder of Insomniac Events went on Facebook last night to update fans on the progress of securing a venue for 2014's Beyond Wonderland, traditionally held at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Sounthern California. He also address broader concerns about the possible transfer/expansion of EDM events in SoCal to Las Vegas, and the future of the San Manuel Amphitheater and Insomniac.
In his status update, Rotella writes:
San Manuel is a beautiful location, but it’s clear that it cannot handle our larger Insomniac festivals right now, including Beyond Wonderland. We always want to deliver a high quality experience, even after the music ends, and while we tried our best to accommodate the large crowds and handle the traffic issues, it’s just not working yet. Instead, I’m excited to announce that we are creating new, smaller all-campout events specifically tailored for San Manuel, which will mean better traffic and less logistical issues."
It also looks like Beyond Wonderland is not the only event affected, as he goes on to state that Insomniac is looking for a new venue for Nocturnal Wonderland and Escape From Wonderland as well.
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While there is a mention of a new Las Vegas location in Rotella's update, as well as an expansion of some events into Las Vegas, it's believed that all three of the above events will continue to have Southern California Homes as well.
There’s also been chatter about Beyond Wonderland SoCal moving to Las Vegas. For me, a festival held in another state is not a substitute for our SoCal events. I started in Southern California, and shows like Nocturnal and EDC have deep roots here. Southern California dance culture has been vibrant for more than two decades, and it’s an important place for us to be because it’s Insomniac’s home and home to so many of you."
The San Manuel Amphitheater will continue to host smaller events, such as next month's Basscon Hardstyle event with D-Block & S-te-fan, Isaac, Darksiderz, Saymyname and Alex Kidd & Adrenalize scheduled to perform.