• Awesome People We Met on Day 1 of Nocturnal Wonderland 2016

    We say it every time we throw a party, but we speak the truth: Insomniac Headliners make our world go ‘round. Their costumes, their dance moves, and their up-for-it attitude are always on point. Day one of Nocturnal Wonderland 2016 kicked some serious ass, and it had everything to do with Headliners like these.

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    Name: Mark
    Age: 30
    Hometown: Queens, NY
    Occupation: I work in admissions at a private school.
    Number of Nocturnals: 2
    What is your spirit animal, and why? Dory. There’s something about getting lost and getting into the moment and having fun. Forgetting about real life—fuck real life.
    What’s your best festival pro tip? To enjoy each moment, try and remember everything, because your memories are the only thing you’ll take back with you.

     

    Name: Robert, Juan
    Age: 22 (Robert), 20 (Juan)
    Hometown: Long Beach, CA (Robert), Los Angeles (Juan)
    Occupation: Restaurant manager (Robert), Paralegal (Juan)
    Number of Nocturnals: First
    What is your spirit animal, and why?
    Juan: A cat. They’re awesome—everything about cats is perfect.
    Robert: Brenda from Scary Movie 2. She’s fucking crazy, like I am. She’s got everything on point.
    What’s your best festival pro tip?
    Juan: Enjoy everything. Enjoy the spirit of the event, enjoy all the people you’ll meet—just enjoy it all.
    Robert: Don’t wear platforms; it’s a fucking bitch.

     

    Name: Zonia, Sarah
    Age: 19
    Hometown: Anaheim, CA (Zonia) Buena Park, CA (Sarah)
    Occupation: Forever 21 (Zonia), Knott’s Berry Farm (Sarah)
    Number of Nocturnals: First 
    What is your spirit animal, and why?
    Zonia: Harambe the gorilla. So sad that he died when he didn’t have to.
    Sarah: Arthur the Aardvark. He’s a great meme.
    What’s your best festival pro tip?
    Zonia: Stay hydrated.
    Sarah: Wear comfortable shoes—your feet will be hurting.

     

    Name: Stephanie, Kaitlin
    Age: 29 (Stephanie), 26 (Kaitlin)
    Hometown: Las Vegas (Stephanie), just outside Toronto (Kaitlin)
    Occupation: Accountant (Stephanie), massage therapist (Kaitlin)
    Number of Nocturnals: 4 (Stephanie), First (Kaitlin)
    What is your spirit animal, and why?
    Stephanie: A Jameson-drinking unicorn.
    Kaitlin: Elephant, because I can be a pretty emotional person, and they also represent strength, and I think that fits me pretty well.
    What’s your best festival pro tip?
    Stephanie: Just have fun, and come as you are.
    Kaitlin: I would say just trust the music, trust the event, and have as much fun as possible. And don’t drink too much! It’ll be fun whether you’re drinking or not.

     

    Name: Michael, Eric
    Age: 25 (Michael), 28 (Eric)
    Hometown: Riverside, CA
    Occupation: Nursing student (Michael), chef (Eric)
    Number of Nocturnals: First (Michael), “I lost count!” (Eric)
    What is your spirit animal, and why?
    Michael: I’d have to say a bear, because I’m kinda lazy, and I eat a lot of food, and I’m a really nice guy.
    Eric: A fish, because I’m a cancer, and I love being in the water.
    What’s your best festival pro tip?
    Michael: Hydration.
    Eric: Hydration.

     

    Name: Funitzo
    Age: 41
    Hometown: Quartz Hill, CA
    Occupation: Graphic retardist
    Number of Nocturnals: 10+
    What is your spirit animal, and why? An oyster, because it resonates with my pineal gland.
    What’s your best festival pro tip? Drink lots of water, and have twice as much fun.

     

    Name: Marlene
    Age: 24
    Hometown: Selma, CA
    Occupation: Pediatric care technician
    Number of Nocturnals: 2
    What is your spirit animal, and why? It’s a cat, because I believe cats are so beautiful, and when you approach them, they’re very friendly to you. I believe that’s who I am. I’m very friendly, very outspoken.
    What’s your best festival pro tip? Come friendly, and come with an open mind. You’ll love everything.

     

    Name: Angel (Mad Hatter)
    Age: 18
    Hometown: Orange County, CA
    Occupation: Cook
    Number of Nocturnals: First
    What is your spirit animal, and why? Fox, because I’m sly.
    What’s your best festival pro tip? Stay hydrated.

     

    Name: Janelle (Forbidden Kitten)
    Age: 23
    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
    Occupation: Close to graduating from Icon Collective for Music Engineering
    Number of Nocturnals: 5
    What is your spirit animal, and why? Cat. They are very independent, but they still need love and attention. They love their quiet time, but when they get active and something captures their attention, they go after it.
    What’s your best festival pro tip? I always recommend everybody experience a festival or event by themselves. I think it’s a very life-changing experience. I’ve done festivals alone and with friends; it’s great to have your group of friends, but I’ve found some of the best moments I’ve had is when I’ve gone alone and met new people and discovered new music and didn’t feel attached to anything in particular. I’ve discovered things about myself.

     

    Name: Pinball
    Age: 36
    Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA
    Occupation: Psychology student
    Number of Nocturnals: 3
    What is your spirit animal, and why? Unicorn, easy, straight-up. I’m a unicorn because I believe in magic and freedom and being whomever you want to be, wherever you want, whenever you want.
    What’s your best festival pro tip? Man, dress however you want to dress, without worrying about what anybody else thinks.

     

    Name: Cookie, Sunrise
    Age: 26 (Cookie), 24 (Sunrise)
    Hometown: Norwalk, CA (Cookie), Ontario, CA (Sunrise)
    Occupation: Bartender and freelance model (Cookie), bartender and full-time student (Sunrise)
    Number of Nocturnals: 3 (Cookie), 5 (Sunrise)
    What is your spirit animal and why?
    CookieSiberian tiger, because I’m rare, but I’ll come at you like a tiger.
    SunriseWolf. For sure, a wolf.
    What’s your best festival pro tip?
    Cookie: Please stay hydrated, and help anybody you see that may need help.
    Sunrise: Keep the good vibes going. Don’t argue; enjoy the ride.

     

    Name: Dakota, Lauren, Stephanie
    Age: 22 (Dakota), 23 (Lauren), 23 (Stephanie)
    Hometown: Norco, CA (Dakota), Riverside, CA (Lauren & Stephanie)
    Number of Nocturnals: First (Dakota), “First festival ever!” (Lauren), “Number one for me, too!” (Stephanie)
    What is your spirit animal, and why?
    Dakota: Wolf, because wolves are sick. I know I’m not being original!
    Lauren: Dolphin.
    Stephanie: Shark!
    What’s your best festival pro tip?
    All: Stay hydrated, and find a meeting spot for your friends. Phones will not work here. Make sure everyone knows where to go in case of an emergency, so everyone can stay safe and have a good time.

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