Beyond Wonderland: electronic dance music festival takes over Gorge Amphitheater for the first time
When global music producer Insomniac announced in May that it was first hosting the Beyond Wonderland electronic dance music festival in the Pacific Northwest, and in particular the Gorge Amphitheater, this fan’s heart was Long-standing EDM has skipped 100,000 BPM.
Being a fan of high-energy, pulsating music for about a quarter of a century, and covering Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas from its inaugural year in 2011 until 2017, learning that Beyond Wonderland was coming to this corner of wood made this reporter beyond elation.
Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge, from 2 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and through Sunday morning, will host over 60 diverse, popular and award-winning dance music artists, including Steve Aoki, the Chainsmokers, Tiesto, Benny Benassi and Felix Cartal – during the three nights of camping and two days of music, art and exploration.
Since 2010, Beyond Wonderland has attracted 400,000 fans in California, Mexico, Colombia and more. This weekend’s Beyond Wonderland, an event for ages 18 and over, will transform over 170 acres of George’s outdoor location into a multisensory audiovisual experience.
Alice in Beyond Wonderland’s Psychedelic Storybook has three stages: Fractal Valley, Cheshire Woods, and Caterpillar’s Garden. While this will be the first time the festival has taken place in the Pacific Northwest, it won’t be for house duo Sidepiece – Miami-based record producer, DJ and singer Nitti Gritti (birth name Ricky Mears) and collaborating record producer Party Favor.
“We both know the Pacific Northwest quite well,” Sidepiece said collectively via email. “Each of us has been there several times for shows for our solo projects, but we are extremely excited to be performing at the Gorge for the very first Beyond Wonderland happening there.
“It is without a doubt one of the most incredible concert halls in the world.”
Sidepiece knows they will be a part of EDM history and look forward to performing outdoors as life during a pandemic continues.
“We are thrilled to make history with Insomniac and so many dance music fans. It will be amazing to see what Insomniac does with such a spectacular venue, ”said Sidepiece. “We’ve played Red Rocks three times this year, which was another of our bucket list sites, so we can’t wait to check out the Gorge as well.”
Sidepiece is ready to rock the Gorge house and move its fans this weekend.
“Our fans can look forward to a whole new set filled with new music, some of which we have barely had the chance to play for anyone yet,” they said. “We will definitely be bringing something very special for everyone involved this weekend.”
Sidepiece was nominated for a Grammy Award this year for their track “On My Mind” with Diplo, and “On My Mind” was also dance music’s most supported track of 2020.
For more than 25 years, Insomniac has produced more than 2,000 festivals, concerts and club nights for nearly 7 million participants around the world. The company’s first annual event, EDC Las Vegas, is the world’s largest dance music festival and draws more than 525,000 fans over three days.
Insomniac was founded by Pasquale Rotella and has been based in Los Angeles since its inception in 1993. In 2013, Insomniac entered into a partnership with Live Nation. For updates on the 2021 festival, visit pnw.beyondwonderland.com. To stay up to date with the latest Insomniac news, visit insomniac.com.