Dancing In The Dark 20 Years of Nocturnal Wonderland

Nocturnal Wonderland is this weekend and what better way to celebrate than by watching the epic 20th Anniversary Documentary, Dancing In The Dark! 


Back in 2015, Insomniac Events celebrated a massive Nocturnal Wonderland milestone: the 20th anniversary of the festival. To help commemorate the epic achievement, Insomniac released Dancing In The Dark: 20 Years of Nocturnal Wonderland, a 22-minute-long documentary featuring interviews from veteran DJs, producers, and journalists who have been involved with the rave scene since its conception.

The interviews paint a vivid picture of what it was like to attend a “party” in the early ’90s, focusing specifically on Nocturnal and Pasquale. Accounts range from iconic DJs like Bunny of Rabbit in the Moon to other influential artists like Moby and 12th Planet. At under a half-hour, the mini-documentary offers brief but highly personal accounts of a piece of history that we all hold near and dear to our hearts and was the ultimate way for Insomniac to honor the anniversary of their oldest festival.

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If you never got the chance to see this movie for yourself – or even if you watched it back when it was initially released – what better time to revisit it than while gearing up for Nocturnal Wonderland this weekend? For its upcoming edition, Nocturnal will take over Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino for the final time before moving to its new home in 2020. Stacked with an expanded camping area, two silent discos, and Insomniac’s famed Parliament Art Car, this year’s event is destined to stand out.

Before heading to San Bernardino, make sure to take the time to check out Dancing In The Dark to gain some personal insight into where this event started and the people who helped get it to where it is today. Watch the full video below and let us know who you’re most excited to see this weekend in the comments!

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Sydney attributes her love for music from her mom, who insisted on playing The Foo Fighters and The White Stripes rather than Kiss FM whenever she drove carpool and agreed to allow Sydney to attend Coachella in the eighth grade as long as she could go with her. That first festival only greater affirmed Sydney’s passion for the scene, but it was not until 2013 when she attended Swedish House Mafia’s One Last Tour concert in Los Angeles that she discovered electronic music. She was hooked instantly and has since attended a total of 23 festivals, with countless concerts in between. Sydney’s favorite artists include RL Grime, Jauz, Jai Wolf, Louis The Child, Slander, Bearson and Big Gigantic but she is constantly on the look out for new music and artists to dance to. When she’s not scouring the internet for new tracks or grooving at a concert, Sydney studies Journalism and Biology full-time at the University of Oregon.

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