The weather this weekend was ideal for the two-day Beyond Wonderland, Bay Area festival which was held at the Shoreline Amphitheater & Grounds in Mountain View, California. Clear sunny skies and not too hot, although being the Bay Area it did get a bit chilly later at night. This was the fourth year that the festival has been held in the Bay Area. The first year it was held at the Oakland Coliseum and the past three years it’s been at Shoreline.
There were three stages including Madhatter’s Castle and Cheshire Woods plus the main stage, Queen’s Domain, which was a massive 174-foot tall structure featuring 12 flowing waterfalls, 662 LED panels, and six pyrotechnic units blazing throughout each bass-hitting performance along with the classic wonderland inspired Caterpillar which sat atop a colorful mushroom-shaped DJ booth.
Interactive art installations doubled as comfortable chill spots. New this year were the colorful towering neon stems of the Dandelion Forest which was a fan favorite at EDC Las Vegas 2015. Plus nearby there was a huge glowing Buddha. There was also Imagine Nation Graffiti Art Wall, a 60-foot interactive space, where live mural paintings were created by fans throughout the weekend.
Insomniac’s signature performers, dressed in Wonderland themed costumes, interacted with festivalgoers on stage as well as off stage. They roamed the grounds in the crowd, stopping to take pictures with fans. Performer troupes included the Queens Guard, Checkerboard Alice, the Rose Court and Mingus Amungus Flamingos.
We’ll have our full review of the two-day Beyond Wonderland, Bay Area festival in a couple of days, so stay tuned!