Jake West (Insomniac)

Dreamstate SoCal Was Trance Heaven and We’re Going Back [Review]

We did it Dreamers! Nearly 35,000 of us traveled from all corners of the world to attend Insomniac’s third rendition of Dreamstate in San Bernardino, California. Taking place on November 24 and 25, two full days of heart-pumping trance music was just what we needed after a yearlong wait from last year’s event. The weather was perfect and the excitement of knowing we were in for some insane music experiences couldn’t be contained.

Strewn across four different stages, the music and visuals did not disappoint. We were once again transported into immediate bliss and positive vibes from all who attended. The slight adjustment to the stages this year was appreciated, as they were all very well attended at almost any given time.

We quickly noticed that if we wanted to see anyone playing the Vision or Sequence stages, we should show up early. Insomniac and staff did their best with line stanchions to help alleviate crowds, but there were times we often either stood in line or were held up because stages were at capacity. That just goes to show the caliber of artists who were playing on those stages!

The awe-inspiring Iboga Hologram Show was new to the festival this year and not to be missed. All thanks to Iboga Records and FMBookings’ team of technicians, this was truly a one-of-a-kind spectacle to see. In our experience, we had never seen this before at any other festival. It was certainly something to behold while listening to some of your favorite psytrance tracks. Psytrance not your thing? With over 70 artists on the bill there was certainly something for everyone. From progressive and melodic to uplifting, and more, all genres were covered and all sets were nothing short of epic.

DJ at Dreamstate SoCal

Photo: Jake West for Insomniac

Unforgettable moments include sets from Gaia and Armin Van Buuren, AEON presented by Paul van Dyk, Vini Vici, Andrew Rayel, MaRLo, and ATB, among many, many more. Looking to relive the magic? Thankfully, some artists have already posted their sets! Here’s just a few of our favorites from the weekend.

Not one thing was overlooked while putting together this year’s Dreamstate event, from the performers, art installments, stages, and lineup. We reached a higher state of consciousness and left our worries behind us even if just for a short moment. It’s true that trance music really does have the power to soothe our minds and connect us. Every headliner in attendance felt and reciprocated the positive energy, while every smile was contagious.

We absolutely cannot wait to see what next year has in store. Will you be attending?