Still looking for New Years Eve plans in the Southern California region? Do you have a spare all white outfit of shirt, pants, shoes, perhaps hat? Are you using said white outfit for your start up career in a boy band? If you said yes to the first two questions and no to the third, then get your tickets to White Wonderland (hosted by Insomniac) immediately! Well, I suppose you could juggle your boy band start up and White Wonderland. So if you said yes to all three questions you can come too.
Surely to be the biggest NYE event going on in the U.S Insomniac has outdone themselves once again. Utilizing Anaheim’s massive Convention Center in the heart of the city, the event will host two stages that have been given very majestic names: The Hallow Cathedral and The Crystal Temple. I assure you, neither stage has any religious affiliation, though your experience at either stage may inspire spiritual sentiments.
Now I’m sure you would expect me to compare this to Sensation. I would, except it pushes me to say one is better than the other. I will instead, emphasize the common point they share of theatrics. When you enter the Anaheim Convention Center be prepared to witness beautiful light shows, acrobats, aerialists, and mystical dancers.
Now as far as the music goes, it truly depends on your feelings in the moment as to where I would suggest you direct your attention. So with that said, I know my personal top 3 can’t miss acts are:
Madeon: Please come out from under that rock and watch a truly phenomenal young prodigy in Madeon perform at the Hallowed Cathedral at 10:30. The teenage Frenchman will keep you pleasantly surprised throughout his hour-long set as he flows through feel good melodies on his launch pad.
Bingo Players: Call me a Dutch bias writer, but these guys should never be skipped out on. Expect to hear some funkiness complimented by the revolutionizing BP sound (and I don’t mean British Petroleum). Your feet will begin moving uncontrollably when they step on at 11:30 in the Hallowed Cathedral and will be bouncing by the time 2013 comes around.
Above & Beyond: Do I really need to explain to you why you must see Above & Beyond at their 12:30 set in the Crystal Temple? If so, it’s clear you need some group therapy.
So forget that dumb plan of getting drunk at a bar because this is what will happen: You will have too much to drink, get tossed, have to shell out unnecessary money for a cab as you are whisked home by you lonesome in shame, forget your credit card at the bar which everyone will begin to use, and wake up in 2013 having to create a list of apologies to all your friends. Therefore, I am really saving you from a rather miserable night in exchange for a life-changing event that will blow all other NYE events out of the water. I will be waiting outside the convention center at the end of the gig if you feel the need to thank us at ITAM for guiding you to glory.