Insomniac Events, under the direction of founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella, has been on the forefront of the recent livestream movement. Their streams have been both frequent and unwaveringly steadfast, securing a starpowered spread of musical talent to come to record sets inside Insomniac HQ’s elaborately-decorated studio with Rotella as host in hisown private little rave cave. From Escape Psycho Circus to Nocturnal Wonderland, the Insomniac team has brought the heat and become a comforting presence amid a rabid festival “cancel culture.”
Most recently, the LA-based company hosted Beyond Wonderland at The Gorge‘s Virtual Rave-a-thon, held this past weekend, June 20-21. The weekend was originally reserved to be Beyond Wonderland’s return to PAcfici Northwest and their first year at the legendary Washington state venue. Organizers had already released a top-billed lineup, so the eventual cancellation was a blow to hopeful attendees. Fortunately, the ever-dedicated Rotella put together a satisfying lineup of artists including SAYMYNAME, Cash Cash, deadmau5‘s techno side project TESTPILOT, Nitti Gritti, Manila Killa and more. Whether it was grimy bass to trap to house, the artists threw down with some moving sets.
For those who missed the action or want to experience it again, Insomniac’s provided all of the weekend’s sets for free viewing on their YouTube, or check out some fan-favorites below.