Nocturnal Wonderland might be building a reputation as something of a crackdown festival. A staggering 300 arrests resulted from the 2015 edition of Insomniac Events' longest-running massive, and this year's numbers are already about on track as the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department has reported 111 arrests after the first day of the event.
Among those detained on the first day of the event - which saw performances by the likes of John Digweed, Oliver Heldens and Laidback Luke - were an attendee suspected to have been driving under the influence after allegedly crashing his car into a Sheriff's tracking unit at the event, and another who witnesses claimed to have seen bleeding from his face while being escorted away in handcuffs, according to The Press Enterprise. Most of the other offenders were considerably more benign, and some were even allowed to enter the festival grounds after being issued warnings.
Nocturnal Wonderland takes place almost exactly a month after HARD Summer, another major SoCal electronic music festival. Last year Nocturnal's redoubled security measures came across as a response to the two attendee deaths at HARD, so the fact that three fatalities resulted from this year's edition indicates that the event's organizer's won't likely loosen their grip - especially in light of the ban on raves being proposed by San Bernardino County officials.
At the end of the day, though, even if the number of arrests doubled at this year's edition of Nocturnal, it's entirely preferable to any more unnecessary loss of life. In any event, the security staff enlisted for the festival doesn't seem to be prone to the same behaviors of those at recent festivals like Moonrise and Imagine so far; according to one attendee testimony, searches were "handsy, but not where they shouldn’t be."
Tonight is the second night of the three-day Nocturnal Wonderland, which takes place at the San Manuel Amphitheater and Grounds in San Bernardino, California. The day two entertainment roster includes Lane 8 and DJ Snake as well as a back-to-back set between Caspa and Rusko.