Your Trance Destination.
The Bay Area was graced this weekend by the second ever Dreamstate festival by Insomniac. Those of us who were lucky enough to attend the inaugural Dreamstate at the NOS Center in the desert of San Bernardino, and those even luckier to have attended both (my beloved rave family), have finally found an event to call home.
Insomniac has finally created a place for me and my one and only: trance. No distraction of the rowdy crowd of progressive house, no overpowering base from the Hardstyle crowd. Just the dreamy melodic beats that are embodied by trance. With some artists attending both events, such as Paul Oakenfeld and his fluoro set, Aly & Fila, Bryan Kearney, and John O’Callaghan, I can say that there were 4 nights in the last year of straight bliss. As our trance god, Armin van Buuren, stated: “Trance is not a label or some sticker you place on music.. It’s a feeling.” A combination of love and the overwhelming feeling of euphoria. I was fortunate enough to share this with my rave family at the inaugural Dreamstate. The cold was not enough to deter anyone from dancing. With only one stage, there was no separating or arguing which stage to attend. We were all united under one sky (or roof rather), one stage, one producer.
Although I was unable to attend Bay Area’s Dreamstate, it would seem they kept a similar schedule, where the first night displayed harder sounds of dark psytrance, with the beats of Ben Nicky and Paul Oakenfeld’s Full Fluoro set. I’m sure Markus Schulz killed a few unicorns with his closing set in the Bay. Then changing the mood of the second night to uplifting melodic trance, with Aly & Fila, the epic Paul van Dyk and John O’Callaghan. Similarly to Gareth Emery and Cosmic Gate spinning to the last hours of the second Dreamstate. The outpouring of happy ravers is sure enough to convince Insomniac to adopt this as an official annual event. If it doesn’t, trance fans unite! I’m sure we can convince Pasquelle! ?