Insomniac Events has given the SoCal trance family cause for celebration today, as the organizers of Dreamstate SoCal have announced a massive lineup for the 2016 installment of the festival. After a successful debut last year, the lineup has tripled in size and features artists who will perform across four stages.
The inclusion of artists like Ben Nicky, Ace Ventura, Jordan Suckley and Simon Patterson is sure to resonate just as well with diehard trance fans as it did last year. Relatively more mainstream DJ/producers round out this year's edition, however. Among them are Ferry Corsten's Gouryella project, Gareth Emery, and Andrew Rayel - the latter of whom faced online backlash after it was announced that he would replace Paul Van Dyk on the Beyond Wonderland lineup earlier in the year.
Tickets to the 2015 edition of Dreamstate SoCal famously sold out within hours of going on sale, resulting in attendance figures upwards of 11,000. The demand surplus prompted Insomniac to announce a Bay Area edition that took place in January of this year, and Dreamstate has rapidly become one of its most popular brands.
However, the trance community may not universally celebrate how the rapid growth of the festival has manifested. Much of the event's target audience has proven notoriously discerning in their music tastes, and they might perceive some of this year's lineup curation as indicating a gradual slide towards what fans of more classic or "pure" trance commonly refer to as "trouse."
Be that as it may, the fact remains that Dreamstate is the single largest trance-only event in SoCal, and the only one put on by Insomniac throughout its history as a company. Whether or not the organizers of the massive maintain its focus in future editions remains to be seen, but it's safe to say that this year's roster will still draw in plenty of the trance elite.
The second edition of Dreamstate SoCal will take place on November 25th and 26th at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California. The full lineup is below, but Insomniac is sure to tease stage elements and other details in the months leading up to the event.