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SBSD - Central
Tuesday September 19th, 2023 :: 02:28 p.m. PDT


Deputies Provide Law Enforcement Services for Nocturnal Wonderland EDM Festival at Glen Helen

DATE/TIME: September 15, 2023, thru September 18, 2023

INCIDENT: Nocturnal Wonderland EDM Festival

LOCATION: Glen Helen Amphitheater and Regional Park

SUMMARY: During the weekend of September 15th thru September 18th, 2023, the Glen Helen Amphitheater and Regional Park hosted this year’s Nocturnal Wonderland Electronic Dance Music Festival. This annual event was attended by over 80,000 visitors over the course of the event. Since 1995, Nocturnal Wonderland has evolved into a four-day camping event and a two-day music festival featuring three stages with a variety of music genres and various attractions, including interactive art installations, neon-clad performers, and camping activities. As one of the only camping festivals in Southern California, Nocturnal is differentiated by the permeation of old school rave culture throughout the community.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is contracted by Live Nation to provide law enforcement services during all shows and events at the Glen Helen Amphitheater. During the weekend, deputies conducted the following enforcement activities and investigations:  Battery, Domestic Battery, Grand Theft, Trespassing, Assault & Battery, Sexual Battery, Sexual Assault, Public Intoxication, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Attempted Rape. There were a total of five arrests made and 11 reports taken during the event. 

In addition, onsite medical services evaluated 927 patients, and later transported six people to local hospitals for further treatment due to a variety of medical concerns. Two individuals were transported to local hospitals due to possible narcotics overdose.  

On September 27, 2016, the Board of Supervisors approved the formation of an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Taskforce. The purpose of this group was to develop recommendations for enforceable health and safety measures required for events and all other concerts held on County Property. Additionally, the EDM Taskforce was to seek input from the community, and to consider changes to future EDM events and all other concerts to address community concerns. The EDM Taskforce includes representatives from the following organizations:
County Administrative Office, Chair
Office of County Counsel
Department of Public Health
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
San Bernardino County Fire Protection District
Regional Parks Department
Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency
San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services

Refer: Lieutenant Bryan Lane

Station: Sheriff’s Central Station

Phone No. (909) 387-3545

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Central
655 E 3rd St
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 909-387-3700

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