During the weekend of July 4, Insomniac’s Day Trip Festival kicked off the summer festival season as the first festival in Southern California.
In September Digital Music News first reported that Day Trip Festival had sold out in record time after tickets became available. As the first festival in SoCal, it was a no-brainer to attend and see exactly how the show came together after 550 harrowing days away from live events.
As you can imagine, it was not easy being the first music festival in SoCal. The festival’s original location on the LA Waterfront has been moved to the Hollywood Park lot at the new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. weeks before the event. More days passed and new challenges emerged. Finally, Day Trip Festival moved to a familiar location for Insomniac events, the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA.
Pasquale Rotella, Founder and CEO of Insomniac, posted a video on Instagram to reach out to ticket holders and let them know why there were changes of venue and how they will accommodate them.
For ticket holder accommodation, full refunds will be issued and ticket holders received a free ticket to the Day Trip Festival at their new location. In addition, Insomniac offers a free additional ticket to any Insomniac festival of your choice that is not sold out and is scheduled for 2021. Lastly, Insomniac Events offers refunds for non-refundable flights and reserved hotels.
So far, I have not heard of any other event that accommodates ticket holders to a great extent when complications occur for a show. The most I’ve seen is a simple ticket refund. Now, attendees can have fun at another Insomniac festival at no charge.
Insomniac is known worldwide as a leading innovator in the music event space. Even with its pre-event challenges, Day Trip Festival didn’t shy away from Insomniac’s high standards.
The two-day festival had a lineup packed with house music artists. Attendees danced from day to night to sets of well-known names like Chromeo, Diplo, Tchami, Wax Motif, Sofi Tukker, Dombresky, Sidepiece and more.
With just a few days to settle in at the new location, it was impressive how smooth the overall experience was. Parking and transportation options clarified. The lines to enter the festival and scan tickets were better than most pre-Covid shows. Entering the festival felt surreal, as it was my first live event since the closings in March 2020.
With COVID-19 outdoor restrictions lifted in California, this is what SoCal’s first music festival looked like.
Most of the attendees were maskless and it felt like there was no time wasted for live music. Performances were held on the Deep End and High Tide stages. The Deep End stage was decked out in palm trees and disco balls, while the High Tide stage was a larger stage with more screens and more lasers.
Between the two stages, you can find various attractions on the festival site. There were huge giraffes and a flying flamingo structure, as well as countless disco balls hung on stages and throughout the festival grounds. There were several water mist fans and shaded areas to cool off from the summer heat. The Ferris wheel travels at sunset and the Volkswagen bus provided the best photographs. There were numerous hammocks on the grounds for those who wanted to give their feet a break. The atmosphere was set for everyone to dance all weekend to house music throughout the day.
You never felt like you were missing an attraction at the festival. There was ample time to explore the grounds and experience all it had to offer.
My favorite part of the event was when the sky was lit up with a drone show. Two hundred drones were programmed to display different figures and phrases. In my opinion this was way cooler than your average fireworks. The entire crowd had their eyes glued to the sky, waiting for the next display. A crowd favorite was when the drones spelled out, “WE’RE BACK, BABY !!” This boosted everyone’s energy to dance the rest of the night.
For those who missed the event, Day Trip LA isn’t just a festival. They hold weekly events at The Patio at Academy LA. If you want to get an idea of what the festival was like, check their 2021 summer calendar and attend a show.