[The Nightlife Issue]

California dreaming: Fall dance-music festival bliss is right next door

Nocturnal Wonderland
Deanna Rilling

Nocturnal Wonderland

September 4-6, San Bernardino

Insomniac’s longest-running festival celebrates year 20. Expect some of Vegas’ usual DJ suspects, but our sights are set on Adam Beyer presents Drumcode, the Anjunadeep stage, Booka Shade live and Sasha.

Symbiosis Gathering

September 17-20, Oakdale

This weekend campout is more along the Burner/Further Future vibe, with workshops and yoga. The lineup digs deep with artists like Justin Martin, Damian Lazarus & the Ancient Moons, Bob Moses and Thugf*cker.


Sundown Music Festival

September 19, Huntington Beach

If you’ve only got a day to get away, this Saturday fest packs some good house talent with Erick Morillo, StoneBridge and Las Vegas veterans Chris Garcia and Tony Arzadon.


October 10-11, San Diego

A successful spring debut prompted a second edition, with an equally cool lineup that’s mostly electronic (but also features The Flaming Lips). Others worth checking out include Maya Jane Coles, Zhu, Bonobo, Jamie xx and Georgio Moroder.


October 30-31, San Bernardino

Insomniac’s Halloween-themed massive tries on a Psycho Circus theme for 2015, complete with intense haunted houses and experiences. Top talent ranges from Above & Beyond and Richie Hawtin to Hot Since 82 and Moby.


November 27-28, San Bernardino

We can’t recall any all-trance music festivals on the West Coast in recent years, and this lineup features some of the best in the genre, like Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, John O’ Callaghan, Astrix and Rank 1.

  • Headlining will be Mustard, who’s having a moment with the recent release of ‘Perfect Ten,’ his highest-charting album ever.

  • Their visuals are second to none—starry light installations are central to the group’s performances.

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