Police had a field day at a three-day rave in San Bernardino County, California over the holiday weekend. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department reports 428 people were arrested between Friday and Sunday at or near Nocturnal Wonderland.
Nocturnal Wonderland looks to be building a reputation as something of a crackdown festival. A staggering 300 arrests resulted from the 2015 edition of Insomniac Events’ longest-running massive, and this year it has been no different with 428 people being arrested based on suspicion of drug possession, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, assault, resisting arrest, trespassing, being younger than 18, and indecent exposure. It comes as a surprise the deputies were actually invited to the event by the promoter Insomniac Events themselves. Additional law enforcement officers were paid by Insomniac Events and were assigned the patrol the Devore and Rosena Ranch area.
The Sheriff’s Department received multiple noise complaints during the course of the three-day festival. Deputies and sound engineers checked the volume and determined in all instances that it did not violate the county’s noise ordinance.
Some good news from the event is that there were no reported deaths from the scene that has been plagued by drug overdoses in Southern California and Las Vegas. Much of this turmoil is as a result from earlier this August when three fans died after they attended Hard Summer near Fontana.
Nocturnal Wonderland is known for transforming the San Manuel Amphitheater and Grounds into a “vibrant world of imaginative sights and sounds.” The event is centered around the good vibes of electronic dance music that has been flooding the music scene. Some of the Headlining acts include Chromeo, 3LAU, Audien, Above & Beyond, Laidback Luke, Valentino Khan, DJ Snake, and many more.
Nocturnal Wonderland celebrated its 21st birthday this year.