Photos by Rukes
After nearly decade, Beyond Wonderland is returning to the Pacific Northwest. The Insomniac Events festival is well known for hosting shows in California, last making an appearance in Seattle back in September of 2011 with Porter Robinson, Gareth Emery, David Guetta, and LMFAO. The newest installment of Beyond will take place at the Gorge Amphitheater on June 12-13. Nestled above the Columbia River just two hours away from Seattle, The Gorge has long been a favorite for both artists and attendees with a breathtaking view, incredible sound, authentic vibes, and iconic sunsets.
Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge will be replacing northwest summer staple Paradiso after an 8 year run. Buzz for the new event first started when Pasquale Rotella, founder of Insomniac, made an announcement over his Instagram story back in February. The news came shortly after an apparent fallout and lawsuit between Insomniac and USC Events, who had co-produced Paradiso with Live Nation, and left many wondering what, if anything would take its place. But long time fans of Paradiso, never fear – a new era is about to begin in Washington state.
The first ever installment Beyond at the Gorge will feature Tiesto, Rezz, Alesso, The Chainsmokers, Zomboy, Joyride, Space Jesus, Drezo and 60 more artists across three stages – including northwest locals Darrius, Rohry, Hherb, Levitate, Quackson and Mortals.
Camping is a big part of the experience at The Gorge, allowing Headliners to connect with friends, neighbors and other like-minded souls – as well as seek out both official and unofficial festivities. The campgrounds have also been a space for morning yoga, kandi making stations, and flow workshops. For those hoping to get a little more sleep, there are other campsites with designated quiet hours.
Fox Den (Standard Camping)
Affectionately nicknamed District 9, Standard Camping is about as basic as it comes, but puts you right at the heart of the action. No question, it is an amazing way to meet people, socialize, and discover all the best after parties – sometimes featuring surprise sets by artists.
Bring your earplugs if you want any sleep and be prepared to walk a bit. The campground entrance is about a half mile the venue’s gates. Some campsites can add as much as an additional half mile. This starts to feel pretty long and dusty when everyone is slowly trudging back at the end of the night.
Cheshire Cove (Premier Camping)
Cheshire Cove Camping is restricted to those with a designated wristband. Closer to the food trucks and general store, the Cove features free showers and nightly quiet hours, while still being close enough to join the party in the Fox Den. Biggest perk are the shuttles which deliver you right at the entrance.
Acorn Village (Gold Camping)
Located on the other side of the property, far closer to the gates (just about 500 feet). This is also where most of the RVs park (though there are no power/water hookups).
Castle Crossing (Terrace Camping)
Also wristband restricted, Terrace Camping features beautiful views, comfortable grass, hot showers, real bathrooms, and free coffee in the morning. Best of all, a shuttle that takes to to a private entrance with almost no waiting times. Be quick though – this area will sell out quickly.
Royal Shipyard / Owl’s Nest / Queen’s Ravine (Oasis / Easy Tent / Glamping)
And for those feeling a little fancier, there are several easy camping and glamping options available for purchase. Forget the hassle of packing your tent, air mattresses, pillows and sleeping bags. All of that is taken care of, so you get to arrive to find your home for the weekend waiting for you. Perfect for people coming from out of state.
Wild Horse Camping
Not affiliated with The Gorge, Wild Horse Campground is located just up the road from the main festival grounds. Relaxing, clean, free hot showers, excellent food, and a shuttle that runs to the event. As a bonus, the owners are some of the nicest people.
For over three decades The Gorge has been a host to some of the biggest acts in music, including electronic heavy hitters such as Above & Beyond Group Therapy, Excision’s Bass Canyon, Pretty Lights, Seven Lions, and Kaskade (who has repeatedly cited the venue as being his favorite). It really can’t be overstated how breathtaking this place is. Insomniac is now entering the northwest scene with 25 years of experience on their resume. The excitement for the future here is almost palpable.
Tickets and camping for Beyond go on sale March 5th at 10am, starting at $179 + fees for General Admission. Payment plans will be available. Stay up to date by following Beyond on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as checking in on the Beyond Wonderland PNW website.