Dreamstate 2019 Recap

Nov 27, 2019
Dreamstate 2019 Recap
Dreamstate returned to National Orange Show Event Center in San Bernardino, California for the fifth iteration of the trance music festival on November 22 and 23, 2019. With three stages and 52 acts, there was no shortage of great music to experience regardless of one’s trance palette. Acts ranged from trance classics like Above & Beyond, Aly & Fila, and Gareth Emery to psytrance phenoms like Karney (Bryan Kearney), Vini Vici, and Seven Lions & Dimibo’s debut show as Abraxis.
Though outdoors and the sets usually one hour long, the fact that the three stages were within a few walking minutes from each other meant you had enough mobility to experience multiple artists within the hour without the stress of timing a full-on hike between locations. And that was a really good thing as each stage had so much to offer both music and production-wise. Perhaps this proximity was also why there was no real subgenre associated to any of the stages; some psytrance acts played on the Vision stage, some on the Sequence. If you were there exclusively for psytrance, you could easily move in between the stages without missing much.
The Dream was an impressive stage, but The Vision particularly stood out, with enough lasers to put on a Laserface show had Gareth Emery played on that stage.
For many trance artists, Dreamstate is one of the best testing grounds for new and unreleased tracks. It was really heart-warming to see how genuinely excited the artists were to be playing at Dreamstate 2019. It didn’t feel like it was another day behind the decks for them and this was evidenced even before the festival as there were loads of tweets from artists building hype leading up to and following their Dreamstate sets. Gabriel & Dresden even put up a poll, letting their followers decide which version of "As The Rush Comes" would close off their set. 
Given the excitement and energy coming from the artists, it was a bit disappointing to not see it paralleled by the crowd. At times it felt like there wasn’t the same level of appreciation for the world-class trance acts like when hoards left Ferry Corsten’s set during "Anahera." Nonetheless, the crowd redeemed itself day 2 when Anjunabeats artists took over the festival, particularly during Above & Beyond’s two hour set.
Overall, Dreamstate 2019 was one for the books. As a trance fan, it’s impossible not to have a good time when Insomniac manages to put together such a top-tier and diverse trance lineup.

You can relive many of the sets here.
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