Beyond Wonderland: The Return of Wonderland
The 8th annual Beyond Wonderland commenced over the weekend at the NOS Events Center. As it was already promoted, they transported all attendees back to the Alice in Wonderland theme Insomniac is famously known for. I was treated quite well that weekend because I went in with media. Something that I do not often experience is the VIP treatment, and that pass gave me access.
Friday, I decided to go with the flow of where the night took me. I did not plan to be at any particular set, but I did spend most of the night at the Mad Hatter’s Castle, hosted by Bassrush. I enjoyed Kayzo’s set!
Saturday was the most exciting day for me due to the amazing artists-lineup for the night. I was especially looking forward to Valentino Khan and DJ Mustard, but also checked out R3HAB, Showtek, Flosstradamus and Alesso. As a Latina, I loved how Khan and Flosstradamus incorporated some elements by Latino artists. The crowd at the Queen’s Domain went nuts when Khan played El Za Za Za by Mexican group, Climax. Flosstradamus opened up his set by giving a speech on empowering women. He stood up for the women and demanded respect. As a woman, I definitely felt that, so thank you. HDYNATION’s very own, closed out his set with some Latino flavor as well. Showtek played classic songs like “Booyah”, “We Like to Party,” and classic hip-hop by Ludacris, “Move B***h.” Talking about hip-hop, DJ Mustard had the crowd going wild over at the Mad Hatter’s Castle Stage with every song he dropped. “Crew Love” by The Weeknd and Drake , Baby Bash’s and Frankie J’s “ Suga Suga,” and Jay Rock’s “King’s Dead” song from the Black Panther soundtrack made it to Mustard’s set. The best part of the whole set and probably the entire weekend, was when DJ Mustard brought out YG.
Saturday was the night I took advantage of the VIP perks. I lounged in the VIP areas, I got my face bedazzled, and checked out a few sets up close. The company that has been wide awake since 1993, had catering and snacks for media, so that was definitely appreciated.
In comparison with a previous event I attended, this one was more organized. The VIP entrance was not an issue like the last time. I went in with ease and friends that had GA wristbands made it in quickly as well. It appears that in recent years or events with Insomniac, phone connections are no longer a major issue. Communication with my friends, both texts and calls were a breeze, in comparison to the usual difficulties.
My review of Beyond Wonderland was that it had great music, fun attractions, and good vibes with the crowds were there too. Despite, the weather conditions, the ambiance reflected what many of us were there to do, and that was to be creative with the outfits, have a great time with friends, and enjoy some good music.