Photos, drones and what it was like to be at the new Insomniac festival – San Bernardino Sun
Just after 9 p.m. on Saturday night, as house music came out of two large stages and thousands of fans danced, 200 drones hovered in the dark sky above the NOS Event Center in San Bernardino.
While the drones played their own set on day one of the first Day Trip Festival, perhaps their biggest hit was a line-up that said “We’re back, baby !!” at red lights, a literal sign that after more than a year of dark concerts and festivals due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was time to dance again.
Here’s a look at what it was like to be at Insomniac’s first festival since California’s COVID-19 restrictions were lifted:
The only thing brighter than the sun on the first day of Day Trip was the joy of the fans, which was palpable even in the parking lot.
While you occasionally saw people wearing masks, it was like traveling to a time before the pandemic. More fans wore sequins and fishnets than face coverings. Hand fans were used to keep cool during the triple-digit afternoon, but also as a musical prop to keep the beat with the music.
Some carried flags and totems, as simple as a sky flag with a heart, house, and musical note emojis to an elaborate totem pole with LED lights illuminating a map of the galaxy.
There were men clad in Hawaiian shirts and women in revealing bikinis sipping blue drinks in Day Trip’s iconic fish jars, lounging on beach chairs under foggers and disco balls in all shadow structures. by taking advantage of the moment of normality.
The day trip to San Bernardino wasn’t the smoothest, with two venue changes in the weeks leading up to the show, but that’s a testament to Insomniac’s production except for the fact that the event is no longer at the water’s edge, you wouldn’t have known it wasn’t planned for NOS all the time.
Justin Spagg, vice president of festival operations and experience for Insomniac, said the team had lost about a day of construction time by the time the final move was announced on Tuesday, but the biggest challenge was the heat.
Insomniac has used the venue for its massive shows for decades, and the promoter’s production team of 15 management staff and 70 crew have used the scenery to its advantage. The lagoon near the entrance offered fans the perfect photo opportunity to pose in front of a giant Day Trip Festival sign. The Deep End Stage, which featured palm trees, foliage and the festival’s giraffe mascot in a pink VW bus, was in an area of the grounds with tall trees and grass. Where the Deep End was more organic, the High Tide stage across the site was more high-tech, with more lights and bells and whistles.
But the highlight was not on the pitch. Insomniac is known to have fireworks at its festivals, but since it was the holiday weekend and the recent change of venue, Spagg knew that a fireworks display within days was not an option.
“What can I do?” he wondered.
He was able to hook up with a drone production company that had to abandon plans for a show in Washington, DC, and Day Trip fans were left with something more special.
The 10-minute drone show soared into the sky as Claptone and Dombresky performed, displaying the festival’s name and motto, “House Music All Day,” as well as formations that included the mascot of A giraffe’s day trip on a VW bus – complete with spinning wheels – and a pulsating stereo speaker.
With a lineup full of fan favorites in the house genre, crowds flocked between the two stages to see performers such as Sidepiece (who dropped a bit of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” in his bedtime set. de soleil), a house set by Diplo and a live set by Chromeo.
But it turned out that French producer Tchami was the big draw of the evening, closing the High Tide stage with a video production that made the stage look like a cathedral, drawing in thousands of loyal dancers, a fitting ending to the happy return of dance music in Southern California.