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2022/11/18 Dreamstate Socal 2022: The Best One Ever And Bonus Afterparty
π 2022-11-18 01:01 in Clubbing, Festivals
I don't want to sound like a fanboy, but hot damn, Dreamstate is genuinely getting better every year, and last years didn't suck!

It was so much more fun to go with friends and I also made a few extra displays for my outfit:

and I found my Dreamstate girlfriends again, so happy :)
and I found my Dreamstate girlfriends again, so happy :)

What was new this year was the after party from 02:00 to 06:00 which was a great last minute addition for anyone who didn't have a long drive home. Also, it was good not to have 3 conflicts every hour, because damn, that was the rest of dreamstate for me, I really wanted to be at 3 stages almost every hour. I wouldn't be mad if DS switched to 3 days with 3 stages instead of 2 days with 4 :)

The lineup was solid like I said:


Pictures libraries:

  • All Pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4UqTHYPAwUFgv4Ts5
  • BestOf Pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Haa7Q9ohdeXQm2TE7
  • Venue and DJs: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Poo72RwxuTKYoaKC9
  • People Pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/eTCFfsFFDgC72wme9
  • The Grounds

    I got a good shot from the plane, nice to see from high up, Vision on the left, Void in the middle, Sequence on the right by the entrance, and Vision adjacent to the oval racetrack:


    The lights and decors were awesome as always:







    The stages were as follows:

    The dream
    The dream

    The sequence
    The sequence

    The void got bigger and nicer this year
    The void got bigger and nicer this year

    And Vision was indoors as usual, nice but the stage was badly lit
    And Vision was indoors as usual, nice but the stage was badly lit

    The People

    Dreamstate is the biggest Trancefamily Reunion, so many friends, and I didn't even get to see them all, but it was great to see the ones I did:




    so great to run into my DS Harbor friend Emily
    so great to run into my DS Harbor friend Emily

    she was so sweet and made an custom tranceledguy kandi
    she was so sweet and made an custom tranceledguy kandi

    and it's not a party without Afik and his crew :)
    and it's not a party without Afik and his crew :)

    Danielle from TFLA
    Danielle from TFLA

    Trancefamily SF, represent!
    Trancefamily SF, represent!

    Ran into copycats, haha
    Ran into copycats, haha





    I thought that was funny :)
    I thought that was funny :)

    I'm easily amused ;)
    I'm easily amused ;)

    Day #1

    So, let's start with Day #1, we almost managed to get there when it opened, not bad given the travel and hotel issues:

    arrived in time to see my friend Khromata for more great psytrance
    arrived in time to see my friend Khromata for more great psytrance


    Hana and her angelic singing was great to see again
    Hana and her angelic singing was great to see again




    Then we had the Trancefamily Meetup Pictures:



    And back for Elysian to see Emma Hewitt and ilan Bluestone:




    It was great to be able to meet them both:



    Ben Nicky also had a very enjoyable set
    Ben Nicky also had a very enjoyable set

    But it was time for some psytrance triplets, stopping by Ms Monique on the way:



    Up to Liquid Soul for some lovely psytrance:



    so much fun to meet again
    so much fun to meet again

    Then Astrix was next, for more technical psytrance, focussed as always:



    Back to Dream for PvD:




    And then ending with a Aly & Fila b2b John O Callaghan:



    stage lighting was minimal unfortunately
    stage lighting was minimal unfortunately

    Short Video Summary:

    Day #2

    After minimal sleep from day #1, we didn't quite make opening time for #2, but just in time to see Rinaly just before her set at Vision:




    Then was time to see Ruben de Ronde:


    pretty full by then already
    pretty full by then already


    But yes, I wanted some more psytrance, so we went to see Whiteno1se:




    And while there, it was great to hang out with some of my favorite psytrance DJs:


    3rd time is a charm, Blastoyz finally looks like his picture :)
    3rd time is a charm, Blastoyz finally looks like his picture :)

    and Reality Test
    and Reality Test

    Then back to Dream for ATB and then Audien:






    And then Armin. I was hoping he'd finally play a classic trance set, given that it was, you know, dreamstate, but he played some mainstage set again, that was disappointing. The set wasn't bad per se, but a poor choice for dreamstate in my opinion:




    Abraxis was last, hard to get pictures with no proper lighting on stage:



    and just like this, it was 02:00, the main show was over
    and just like this, it was 02:00, the main show was over

    But not the afterparty in Vision, 4 more hours to go:


    Craig Connelly and FactorB finished the set with some pure trance joy
    Craig Connelly and FactorB finished the set with some pure trance joy


    It's not a good party if the sun hasn't risen when it's over :)


    And just like that, the 2 days, 26H of trance, were over. I cannot give enough thanks to insomniac, all the artists and everyone who brought in outfits, smiles, and good vibes.

    Video summary of Day #2:

    Should you go? Would I go Back?

    OMG, Yes! This is literally the best dreamstate event in the world, end of story!

  • Is it EDC Vegas level crazy? No. Is it Beyond Wonderland level pretty decors and performers? No quite, but it has so much more trance Is it Luninosity level 11hx4 days of trance? Not exactly, but it is much better production value. You also avoid being sunburned and rained on, like you will at Lumi :)
  • I'll repeat that other insomniac festivals, like EDC and Dreamstate, all the staff truly cares and goes all out. Many small details that get sometimes missed elsewhere, are usually flawless
  • I'll also repeat that security is more than reasonable as usual, thank you
  • San Bernardino is not the best city ever, but there are only so many places such festivals can be held, especially with a 02:00 curfew. The one downside of Dreamstate is that it doesn't have shuttles yet. Maybe in the future?
  • With the afterparty until 06:00, it's now more than 12H of trance, only 2 days, but plenty of music!
  • 4 stages is more than enough. It's already too many conflicts as is :)
  • Is it worth flying across the world for? If you like trance and you want a better production value than many european shows (not counting Tomorrowland and arguably untold), yes, it is worth going to. Only 2 days, but it's really good and the night decors and costumes are much better than what you'll find in Europe.
  • Conclusion

    So much fun, 'till next time:


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