Win 2 Tickets to Inception Saturdays at Exchange LA ft. Green Velvet & Dosem


On Saturday, February 18th Exchange LA will be hosting a selection of techno and house artists as part of its Inception Saturdays series hosted by Insomniac.

The event will see Chicago techno and house legend Green Velvet headline the night. Supporting performances will be provided courtesy of Suara’s Dosem and Los Angeles-based Human Resources. The Gallery will be hosted by 6AM and will showcase music by Paul Cowling (Melt), Jorge Bejarano B2B Rahmos (Patria Undrgrnd), Frazier|Smith (Understated) and Eric J B2B Jonny Maven (6AM)

Tickets and RSVP for discounted entry before 11pm are available here. We are giving you the chance of winning 2 GA tickets to the show. To enter, simply follow the instructions in the widget below. The winner will be selected and announced at 8pm on Wednesday, February 15th!

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Insomniac Brings Back On-Site Drug Education For First Time in 10 Years

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Insomniac, the Unites States’ largest electronic dance music promoter and event organizer, has announced an exciting new partnership with the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).

Beginning this weekend at Escape: Psycho Circus in San Bernardino, about an hour east of Los Angeles, the collaboration will see on-site drug informational material being passed out to festival attendees in an effort to educate on the subject of mind-altering substances, sex and mental health.

Called ‘Project: #OpenTalk’, the initiative will provide unbiased information with the purpose of beginning and continuing an open dialogue that aims to reduce the number of drug-related health incidents and deaths. This is the first time Insomniac works closely with an advocacy group of this type in the last 10 years, likely prompted to do so by the increased scrutiny into festival-related hospitalization and deaths.

“While Insomniac still has a zero tolerance drug policy and conducts entry searches, they at least acknowledge that more needs to be done to keep their attendees informed and safe,” said Stefanie Jones of DPA’s Safer Partying campaign explained in an official statement.

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Insomniac’s Factory 93 Returns to Los Angeles to Commemorate 10 Years of Diynamic


The history of California’s rave scene can be traced back to the early 90s rave parties often thrown in the desert or remote warehouse locations. The biggest electronic dance music brand of the United States, Insomniac, grew from those very same roots when it was first founded back in 1993.

This past May, Pasquale Rotella’s company decided to return to their origins by launching Factory 93, a brand and party series dedicated to the underground sounds of dance music. Moving away from Incomniac’s large-scale or club productions, Factory 93 relocated back where everything started over 30 years ago, at a warehouse party featuring Hot Since 82.

That first sold-out show was a success, paving the way for a journey that is now set to continue on December 3th at another warehouse location in downtown Los Angeles. The occasion? Diynamic Music’s 10 year anniversary, a milestone that will see Solomun and his crew travel throughout Europe and the United States on a tour showcasing the best the label has to offer.

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The DTLA show will be one of five in the United States and, similar to the recent Factory 93 launch event, the night will feature a true warehouse aesthetic, immersing fans in nothing but darkness, a globally acclaimed soundtrack, live performance art, and many more surprises. Included in the Los Angeles lineup are Adriatique, Karmon, Magdalena, Kollektiv-Turmstrasse and Stimming both playing live sets and of course label head-honcho Solomun.

In addition to the underground setting the party is sure to provide, attendees will be treated to the soundscapes that have characterized Diynamic artists for the last decade. Expect a welcome collision of tech and deep house and warming digital grooves — an ever-glowing mixture of gilded melodies and graceful textures that is surely set to provide an eventful journey into the early hours of the next morning.

Exclusive pre-sale tickets for the show sold out already, but general sale begins on Friday, October 14, at noon PT.

Factory 93 Presents 10 Years Diynamic takes place Saturday, December 3, in Downtown Los Angeles. For more information, visit the official event page. For tickets visit Resident Advisor.

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Electric Forest Extends to Two Weekends in 2017

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EDIT: Electric Forest has officially announced the expansion to a two-weekend event beginning in 2017, the festival stating through their official website that, “Electric Forest 2017 will take place on two distinct and back-to-back weekends at a lower capacity” on June 22 – 25 and June 29 – July 2.

According to The Festive Owl – an outlet on festival information and rumors who specializes on breaking exclusive news regarding to electronic music festivals – Electric Forest may be expanding to two weekends next year.

The outlet has just confirmed that Insomniac’s Electric Forest has applied for permits to hold back-to-back weekend festivals in 2017. The events would remain at Sherwood Forest in Rothbury Michigan, one of the most unique festival destinations in the world.

According to one of the sources the permits have been signed, while another states that “discussion among city council is happening now but fully expect it to be approved.”

H/T: The Festive Owl

Pasquale Rotella’s Bribery And Conspiracy Trial Begins Today, August 1st

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The People vs. Pasquale Rotella begins today.

Although many may have forgotten, the Insomniac founder’s trial has been scheduled to begin today for a while now. Included are L.A. Memorial Coliseum event manager Todd DeStefano and promoter Reza Gerami, all of whom are being charged for alleged bribery and conspiracy and paying $1.9 million in payoffs to DeStefano as an exchange for helping them put on the original EDC raves at the stadium.

The case has been delayed multiple times, initially as Judge Kathleen Kennedy needed time to oversee the Grim Sleeper trial and again after the District Attorney’s office was charged with prosecutorial misconduct. In May of last year, Deputy District Attorney Dana Aratani had to be pulled off the case after reading emails between Rotella and his own attorney, Gary Jay Kaufman.

The mistake was pounced on by Rotella’s attorney, who asked the judge to throw out all the charges he was facing and to punish the DA’s office for fostering “an environment where the prosecutors and investigators not only reviewed attorney-client-privileged emails willy-nilly but also failed to keep any records of the privileged emails that they read.”

While Judge Kennedy didn’t throw out the charges, it was inevitable that she would approve the replacement of the prosecuting attorneys, delaying the trial by over a year. It is noted that Rotella and Gerami are also being sued by the commission that owns the building, a case originally thrown out by a 2013 LA Superior Court Judge but then reinstated by a state appellate court in 2015.

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In July 2015, an attorney for Gerami asked the judge to stop the civil trial, believing and arguing that it might force the defendants to incriminate themselves ahead of their criminal trial. Judge Delila C. Lyons however has refused to delay the trial, ruling that it will continue as scheduled in November of this year.

It is alleged for both cases that Rotella and Gerami supposedly paid DeStefano and former GM Pat Lynch to hold raves at the stadium, while little money was actually being paid to the owners of the building.

The allegations were a result of an investigation in the building’s finances that began when a 15-year-old girl died at Electric Daisy Carnival 2010. In 2012 Lynch pled guilty to the charges to avoid a prison sentence and is expected to testify at the trial.

EDC Las Vegas Used a Series of Radio Mixes To Announce 2016 Lineup, which includes Plastikman


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As the years pass by, festivals are constantly coming up with new ways to announce their lineups.

Insomniac’s EDC Las Vegas took a new approach to unveiling their 2016 roster, even if just partially. Yesterday they used short mixes on Night Owl Radio to introduce listeners and fans to names set to perform at the Las Vegas Speedway next month.

According to Insomniac boss Pasquale Rotella, the majority of the lineup was indeed released during episode 039 of his SiriusXM radio show.

A particular useful Redditor, blondie232, put together the selection of names as released by the show. Some of the most interesting bookings from our perspective include techno pioneer Derrick May, Chicago house legend Bad Boy Bill, and of course a selection of techno, tech house and house artists scheduled to play the revered neonGarden stage. The biggest news of them all is that attendees will also be treated to a special Plastikman set during the festival. See the full tentative lineup below:

Upside Down House

Armand Van Helden
DJ Dan
Derrick May
Rell The Soundbender
Bad Boy Bill
Two Fresh
Billy Kenny
Dom Dolla

Stage 7 

Pierce Fulton
Sleepy Tom
Craig Williams
Shaun Frank
My Digital Enemy
Julian Hordan
Jordan Suckley
John O’Callaghan
Hotel Garuda
Coyote Kisses

Neon Garden

Julia Govr
Jonas Rathsman
Bart Skills
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Hot Since 82
Lane 8
J. Philip
Nicole Moudaber
Loco Dice
Maya Jane Cole



Da Tweekaz
Code Black
D-Block and S-Te-Fan
Gunz for Hire
Wasted Penguinz
Darren Styles
Lady Faith
DJ Isaac
Crisis Era
Digital Punk
Brennan Hart
Max Enforcer
Radical Redemption

Bass Pod

Bro Safari
12th Planet
Must Die!
Delta Heavy
Doctor P
Armanni Reign
Culture Shock
Brookes Brothers
Andy C
Bad Company UK
Mind Vortex

Cosmic Meadow

Knife Party
Shiba San
Studio 54
Martin Solveig
Chris Lake
Valentino Kahn
Flux Pavilion
RL Grime
Paul Van Dyk
What So Not
Swanky Tunes

Circuit Grounds

Eric Prydz
Armin Van Buuren
Adventure Club
Above and Beyond
Aly and Fila
Ace Ventura
Duke Dumont
Tom and Collins
Tommy Trash
Paul Oakenfold
Martin Garrix
Markus Schulz
Gareth Emery
DJ Perry Beck
Party Favor
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Nicky
Michael Calfan

Kinetic Field 

Axwell /\ Ingrosso
Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike
Oliver Heldens
Bruno Sheeran
Don Diablo
Seven Lions
Mike Williams
Dada Life
Danny Howard
The Magician
Anna Lunoe
DJ Snake
Alison Wonderland
Yellow Claw
Dash Berlin

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Kaskade Is Taking Over Los Angeles’ Convention Center in May


Insomniac Events have just announced the first ever dance music event taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

On May 7th, Kaskade will take over the downtown venue with an eighteen-and-over show that marks another milestone in Insomniac’s turbulent relationship with the city of LA.

The Convention Center hosts annual events such as the Los Angeles Auto Show and Anime Expo, and is best known to video gamefans as host to the Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3. Overall, the venue provides 720,000 sq ft of space and parking for over 5,600 cars. It is conveniently located near the Staples Center in the southwest portion of the city’s downtown area and easily accessible via the Pico Metro station.

If you wish to attend, be sure to sign up for the presale on Kaskade’s website. Presale tickets go on sale Wednesday, Feb 24 at 10am PST. Regular tickets on sale Friday, Feb. 26 at 10am PST. For more information on the Los Angeles Convention Center visit the venue’s official website.


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Will Electric Forest Really Ban Outside Alcohol In 2016?


Yesterday Reddit’s Electric Forest board came alive with the news and resultant chatter claiming that this year’s edition would not allow attendees to bring outside alcohol into the camping areas. The overwhelming majority of Electric Forest’s crowd is composed of people who travel to Michigan’s Sherwood Forest and camp out for four days, and as such the Insomniac festival has always allowed attendees to bring outside alcohol into the campsites.

Apparently, this year’s change comes as a result of a new Michigan state law that was passed in 2015. An anonymous user posted the alleged official statement from Electric Forest’s HQ on the festival’s sub-reddit page:

“Per Michigan state law, any alcohol that is found during the search of your vehicle on entry must be confiscated. This applies to both the campgrounds and the festival venue.”

This naturally became the cause of much alarm for hundreds of people who are planning to make the trek for this year’s edition. Plenty of people took to the Reddit post to voice their opinion, raising the valid question of whether Electric Forest’s event organizers are interpreting the new law correctly or not.

The legislation specifically states:

“mcl 436.2021(4) This act and rules promulgated under this act do not prevent a class A or B hotel designed to attract and accommodate tourists and visitors in a resort area from allowing its invitees or guests to possess or consume, or both, on or about its premises alcoholic liquor purchased by the invitee or guest from an off-premises retailer and does not prevent a guest or invitee from entering and exiting the licensed premises with alcoholic liquor purchased from an off-premises retailer.”

It would appear, as some are suggesting on Reddit, that the law in question may be interpreted incorrectly for it’s designed to stop people from exiting a premise with alcohol, rather than entering it. Electric Forest hasn’t put out an official statement clarifying the matter, and this seems to have ignited the anger of people planning to attend who are now taking to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit to voice their disagreements.

The debate was sparked by the introduction of the following line in Electric Forest’s Official Guidelines:



UPDATE: Electric Forest has taken to Twitter to let followers know that they will be addressing the situation in the next coming months, reassuring that, “it is fully expected that Electric Forest’s campground experience will be very similar to the way it has always been in the past”



Electric Forest will be held June 23-26 in Rothbury Michigan

Source: Reddit

EDC Brazil 2015 Announced


Insomniac has revealed a massive lineup for its first ever edition of EDC Brazil 2015 which will take place on December 4th and 5th. The lineup includes the usual fare of Insomniac DJs, as well as some highly notable names from the underground like Route 94, Luciano, Jamie Jones, and Dubfire. EDC Brazil will be a colorful blend of trance, bass, and techno, a festival that is sure to be a hit for the summer season south of the equator.

This year has been a successful year for Insomniac’s expansion into the international festival market following a large turnout at EDC UK in Europe last month, and an announcement for the upcoming edition of EDC Japan 2016 in Asia.

For tickets and more information, check out the official EDC Brazil 2015 site on Insomniac.

EDC Brazil 2015 Lineup


EDC Brazil 2015 Teaser Video

Insomniac Introduces All Trance Festival – Dreamstate

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Insomniac Events has announced their plans for a festival that will have trance enthusiasts overjoyed. Taking place somewhere in Southern California on November 27th and 28th, Dreamstate will feature an exclusive all-trance lineup, and with Insomniac’s popular reputation we can expect them to pull out some crowd favorites and serious trance heavy hitters for the occasion.

No venue or lineup has been announced yet, but the news of the festival itself has people clearing their calendars for the last week of November. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 22nd at Noon for those eager to make the journey to this trance haven.

Check the following pages for news and updates on Insomniac Events and Dreamstate

Dreamstate: Official Website | Facebook
Insomniac Events: Official Website | Facebook

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