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The Nocturnal Festival preview: Things that go bump in San Bernardino

September 25, 2009 | 12:26 pm


With the recent HARD event going bust, and Electric Daisy Carnival fading into distant memory, we can bet there's a restless contingency of dance music lovers out there jones-ing for their next mega music fest fix.

Luckily, the glowstick-brandishing, neon sunglasses-wearing crowd will be booked solid this weekend -- it's time for Insomniac's Nocturnal Festival. Now in its 15th year, the annual super-sized event is sprawling out across the NOS Event Center beginning Saturday afternoon in San Bernardino. 

A virgin venue for music fests of this kind, the venue's indoor and outdoor grounds will be transformed into six different "Alice in Wonderland"-themed areas, each with a different roster of DJs championing the genres of electro, house, trance, drum & bass, indie dance, bmore, fidget, plus more yet-to-be-classified hybrids of dance music.

As most Insomniac events go (Electric Daisy Carnival, Together As One), the lineup is a mixed bag of big-name standbys and niche-market talent. Trance DJs Ferry Corsten and Christopher Lawrence claim their usual headlining slots, along with veterans Paul Oakenfold, Donald Glaude, DJ Dan and John OO Fleming.

Some fresher names in the festival fields include Brit electropop "it"-boy Frankmusik, Ed Banger's Feadz, Dutch producer Bart BMore, indie-electro producer Eli Smith and champion of fidget house, Switch.

Glitch-hop is also represented, as L.A.'s own Glitch Mob takes to decks alongside dub/break beat guru Freq Nasty.

For a full lineup, driving directions and ticket info, go here.

-- Ramie Backer

Photo: Ferry Corsten. Photo credit: Stephanie Pistel

The Nocturnal Festival at the NOS Events Center, 689 South E St., San Bernardino. Music starts at 5 p.m., and runs till 4 a.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $60, not including surcharges.