Beyond Wonderland Review + Featuring Rising Star J. Worra

The dust has finally settled after another successful edition of Beyond Wonderland. Held at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, the 8th edition was a fan-favorite springtime festival. More than 70,000 dance music fans traveled from near and far to be transported down the rabbit hole to a psychedelic realm filled with curious creatures, peculiar plant life and sensational sets from over 60 of the world’s top dance music artists. J. Worra slayed her Friday set at the Cheshire Woods stage with her cutting edge sound and infectious style entirely her own.

Beyond Wonderland 2018

The most important headliners of Beyond Wonderland were of course the festival-goers themselves. Headliners were welcomed each day to a backdrop of neon lights and vibrant late-afternoon skies. During the days you could wander through a picturesque venue dotted with decorative elements in the spirit of this year’s theme, Alice In Wonderland. Unique art installations such as the flaming lily cups in the middle of the lagoon were on display for all to see.

Day 1

Since Alice In Wonderland was this years theme, festival-goers could meet a variety of creatures Alice met on her journey through Wonderland. The Pink Flamingo, the Queen’s Cardsmen, and the Tea Time Hatters could be seen roaming around the spectacular two-day adventure. New creatures also roamed the festival grounds such as the Leopard Ladies, Teacup Twists, Fantastical Fillies, and Formal Foxes. Some Headliners may have actually bumped into Alice herself.

Headliners kept their energy up while traveling from stage to stage by refueling and dining at some of the best food trucks and vendors around Southern California. Some to note were Leno’s Tacos, Shake Ramen, Kogi, and Brooklyn Pizza.

Day 2

View’s From The Stages

Queen’s Domain

Fans were struck with awe while gazing at the enclosed megastructure as they roamed the expansive NOS Events Center. The Queen’s Domain stage spanned 196 feet by 452 feet, complete with 10 lasers, 623 LED panels and 12 confetti blasters located throughout. As the stage is inspired by the Queen of Hearts, fans shuffled and danced all night long to the sounds of Oliver Heldens, Dash Berlin, Tiësto, Valentino Khan, Alesso and more.

Mad Hatter’s Castle

Bassrush, Insomniac’s renowned bass music brand, hosted the massive Mad Hatter’s Castle stage on Saturday. The Castle featured nearly 200 lights and lasers suspended from truss hanging over the entire crowd. Tastemakers like Kayzo, Andy C, Kill The Noise, and Flosstradamus played those heavy hitting sets all head banging fans could enjoy.

Caterpillar’s Garden

A plethora of delights kept headliner’s minds occupied and their feet stirring at the Caterpillar’s Garden stage. The beautiful oasis pumped out house and techno tunes from Chris Lake, Claptone, Solardo and Born Dirty.

Cheshire Woods

As festival-goers wandered through the festival, they stumbled upon a surreal woodland. The Cheshire Woods stage left people grinning from the sounds of J. Worra, Gammer, Champagne Drip, Jack Beats and more.

Beyond Wench Art Car & Wide Awake Art Car

The Beyond Wench Art Car and the Wide Awake Art Car were oasis’s for music and art traveling around the locales of the festival. Up-and-coming artists could be found on the roving art car stages. The Beyond Wench Art Car greeted headliners with hosts Cats & Boots and Bassrush.

Hosted by Space Yacht, the Wide Awake Art Car featured a YDG throwback dub set, LondonBridge & Friends, WAVEDASH and more. The Wide Awake Art Car was something fans could experience live from Beyond Wonderland even if you were not in attendance. It was rigged with GoPros allowing viewers at home to catch a small segment of the Space Yacht lineup. Mark Starr and Tony Quattro were the ones some of you probably spotted on the screen. They went into back-to-back mode and broke out the heavily bumping grooves.

In like manner, Morelia also broke out some grooves on the Wide Awake Art Car for a b2b set with Lucati at 6 PM on the first night. Tanner Munn aka Mannequin aka Morelia is all about making zat Untz-Untz. He has been perfecting his craft and building his brand as a heavy hitting brain melting DJ and producer since he was young. Recently, Morelia and other Space Yacht residents TYPE3 and Zendlo took their production techniques to put a new spin on LondonBridge’s Sound Of The Underground. The new remix EP can be viewed here.

Space Yacht

Space Yacht’s co-founders Henry Lu, Rami Perlman and Ollie Zhang desire to get the artists they were listening to before an audience is what led to the bass bumping lineup at the Wide Awake Art Car. The party brand has led to some of the hottest underground parties in Los Angeles. Space Yacht has become this testing platform for artists to play stuff they may not be comfortable playing at other venues. They started in 2015 by wanting to create a shared space for artists and the community. Rami Perlman explains, “… We feature a mix of up and coming artists as well as established acts. For some, it’s the first show they have ever played, for others it’s the smallest room they’ve played in years! That’s what makes it so special. You really never know who’s going to show up and rock the party. “

VIP Headliners

VIP Headliners had access to a variety of exclusive amenities to enhance their festival experience. There was a dedicated festival entrance, Kandi bracelet making station, croquet games, interactive photo ops and a beauty and glitter bar presented by Gypsy Shrine. Happy Toast served gourmet, rainbow grilled cheese and glitter tator tots for VIPs. In addition, dedicated dance areas were available for VIPs to enjoy their favorite set at their favorite stages up close.

FestPop Hanging Out with J. Worra

J Worra at Beyond Wonderland 2018 Review Friday night set Cheshire Woods Stage

LA based, Chicago-born J. Worra played an 8 PM set at Beyond Wonderland on Friday at the Cheshire Woods stage. J. Worra entered into the music industry to change the tone and show what woman are capable of. Scotty Moore, the CEO and founder of FestPop, had the opportunity of interviewing J. Worra live at Beyond Wonderland. We were able to learn how she became who she is today and what she seeks for the future.

As J. Worra concluded, “if FestPop says it, its going to happen right”. FestPop hopes to see J. Worra and all you headliners at future festivals in 2018, and maybe even Coachella.

All in all, for more information on J. Worra, follow her socials:

Website. Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. SoundCloud.


FestPop Staff Writer, Katherine Bennett

FestPop Staff Writer, Katherine Bennett


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