By: Liz Ohanesian
Michael Tullberg Nocturnal Wonderland in the 1990s
In February of 1995, the first Nocturnal Wonderland hit Los Angeles, with a flyer referencing Lewis Carroll's tales of Alice and featuring "Tea Party Info Lines" to serve curious ravers across L.A. and Orange County.
For Joel "Mojo" Semchuck, one of the DJs at that first Nocturnal, his memories of the party are vague. But he does remember that the Boyle Heights warehouse was packed beyond its 1,000-person capacity and that there was a room upstairs where the floor got "wobbly" from the combination of heavy bass and heavy dancing.
Today, the bash, which takes place Labor Day weekend at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, is a three-day festival packed with a global talent that includes bona fide superstars like David Guetta and Afrojack. For that first incarnation, though, Nocturnal existed for one night, and its lineup was heavy on the locals.