There’s something about the vibe in Southern California that can never be duplicated. While 2011 saw Insomniac Events’ Electric Daisy Carnival make the move to Las Vegas, the company’s longest-running event, Nocturnal Wonderland, continues to wow at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Calif. Expanding to two days in September, the energy and fan base is incomparable, friendlier and full of hard-core fans who know—and worship—everyone in the lineup. (No offense, Vegas, but all the newbies to the scene who barely know who’s who can be frustrating for the super-fans). Attendees spend weeks making kandi bracelets to trade with new friends, they know every bass line and create homemade signs for their favorite artists (who aren’t just the obvious headliners). And even the DJs do it up right: From openers Glenn Morrison and Trent Cantrelle all the way up to headliners Fedde le Grand, Gabriel & Dresden and Kaskade, they take more risks with their sets for the receptive audience clamoring to soak in every moment with more enthusiasm and passion we can only hope to one day see here.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.