While breaking down music into sub-genres of sub-genres is a sort of deconstructionist hobby that I, in general, try to avoid, there are a few sub-genres that refused to be grouped amongst the rest. Fans of trance music seem to be one of those groups of fans that know what they like and aren’t afraid to stand out.

Trance is a genre of electronic dance music that is said to have been developed during the 1990s in Germany and can be characterized by a specific tempo as well as its inclusion of repeating melodic phrases. Lucky for those who classify themselves as fans of trance, last year leading tour promoter Insomniac Events pulled together Dreamstate, a festival honoring the genre.

Now ready for its sophomore year, Dreamstate SoCal is set to be even bigger and better!

Insomniac has announced that this year’s Dreamstate SoCal will add a fourth original stage to its SoCal venue at the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino. And it wouldn’t be worthy of calling itself an Insomniac festival if it didn’t include their enhanced production elements, jaw-dropping and enchanting costumed performers, and last but not least, high-energy sounds.

dreamstate 2016 lineup

The official artist lineup for the 2nd annual Dreamstate SoCal includes:

Ace Ventura
Adam Scott
Allen & Envy
Aly & Fila
Andrew Rayel
Animato
Astrix
ATB
Avalon
Barakuda
Ben Gold
Ben Nicky
Berg
Binary Finary
Captain Hook
Christopher Lawrence
Cosmic Gate
Darren Porter
Ferry Corsten Presents Gouryella
Freedom Fighters
Gareth Emery
Indecent Noise
Infected Mushroom (Psytrance DJ Set)
Jason Ross
John Askew
John O’Callaghan
Jordan Suckley
Jorn Van Deynhoven
Khomha
Kristina Sky
Kyau & Albert
Leiel
Liquid Soul
M.I.K.E. PUSH
Magnus
Major 7
Mark Sherry
MaRlo
Menno De Jong
Mr. Brooks
Neelix
Neptune Project
Niko Zografos
Paul Oakenfold (Full On Fluoro)
Paul van Dyk
Perfect Stranger
Photographer
PureNRG (Giuseppe Ottaviani & Solarstone)
RAM
Rank 1
Richard Durand (ISOS Classics)
Ritmo
Simon O’Shine
Simon Patterson
Sneijder
Stadium 4 (Andy Moor & Lange)
Standerwick
Talla 2XLC
The Thrillseekers
Triceradrops
UCast
Vini Vici
Will Atkinson

Tickets are on sale at the Dreamstate website. Last year’s inaugural event brought 11,000 trance fans together and quickly sold out in just four hours, so make sure to get passes early this year!

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