Following what felt like never-ending quarantine season, Alison Wonderland‘s Temple of Wonderland at Red Rocks finally happened. This show had been pushed back several times due to Covid, from its original date a year prior in 2020, which created a special hype for the event to take place. There was so much excitement around the original date, September 15th, that they were able to book the venue the night before as well for back-to-back performances September 14th and 165th. Both nights had stacked line-ups including support from SIDEPIECE and Elohim on night one, and Valentino Khan and Memba the second night. A couple weeks prior to the show, Alison shared on Facebook:
Temple of Wonderland at Red Rocks is going to fuck you up.
September 14 & 15. The 15th is SOLD OUT but limited tickets are left for the 14th.
New show, new visuals, new lighting, live musicians, songs from run, awake… and new new … grab the last remaining tickets at http://www.alisonwonderland.com.
see you at church
Alison Wonderland on Facebook re her two-night performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO
You can read all about the details recapping the first night of Temple of Wonderland with Sidepiece and Elohim. Each opener paid respects to Alison, giving her lots of praise for being an incredible musician and friend. Following set up, the lights dimmed and the bass began, and so it was finally time for the flashing visuals indicating Alison Wonderland’s cinematic introduction.
Her performance and production floored the audience. Fans were screaming manically over her drops, which featured a lot of samples from popular rap and rock songs, including “Yonkers” by Tyler, the Creator and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana.
As a special treat for fans, she even brought out Valentino Khan to perform their recent release “Anything.”
Her performance featured all the hits any Alison fan would’ve came to see including “Peace,” “Church,” and “I Want U.” Providing support to her mixing, she brought out a full live band made up of drummers, various instrumentalists, dancers, supporting singers, and more. During the performance she would venture from behind the decks to the front of the stage with her microphone to sing for fans. This created an intimate experience and really engaged the audience.
The second night of Temple of Wonderland was a rollercoaster from beginning to end. The night opened with a beautiful performance from Elohim, which gave room for the audience to go crazy during Valentino Khan’s performance. Valentino’s set was definitely curated both for fans who had been with him a long time and new-comers alike. He dropped lots of hits, including “Deep Down Low” (which originally put me on to his music) and his newer track recently released with Nitti Gritti, “Your Body.” Nitti Gritti, half of the first night’s opener Sidepiece, stuck around in Denver after their performance from the night before, to join Valentino on stage the second night for when their song dropped!
While Alison’s introduction to the night was similar, the set definitely was not. It featured some key mix-ups compared to the first night, giving the performances some variation. As soon as the first drop of the night hit, the audience threw so many glow sticks into the air; clearly fans were ready to celebrate Temple of Rocks finally being able to happen. As the introduction carried on, you could hear chatters of fans saying how happy they were to finally make it to Alison’s show at Red Rocks and almost a competition of who had waited the longest for this night to take place. Alison definitely felt the love and kept uttering, “Oh my god,” as the crowd’s engagement moved her. Everyone’s emotions were at an all-time-high that night, it seemed.
Just like during Night 1, Alison brought out Valentino Khan again to play “Anything” together live for the second time ever. Following the conclusion of the song’s performance, Valentino got very emotional and passionate, saying that Alison is one of the absolute best people he knows and he could not be more honored to have released the track side-by-side together. That sentiment carried on as Alison shared that some of her classmates all the way from her hometown in Australia were actually in the audience that night. She told fans that it was the best night of her life; it’s safe to say she provided the same for her fans as well.
To conclude the night, Alison played an unreleased song which she said was currently in the process of being pitched to her label. She called upon her fans for support since it hadn’t yet officially received the definite “green light” for release. In response, fans lit up the entire venue with their cell phone lights and lighters. The support was overwhelming for anyone to experience, and it’s safe to say we’ll be hearing more of that song in the future.
About Alison Wonderland:
Since emerging in 2009, Alison Wonderland has quietly inched towards mainstream ubiquity, receiving the highest female DJ Billing ever at Coachella, capturing the No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s Top Dance/Electronic Albums twice, headlining sold-out arenas and festivals around the globe and clocking upwards of 500 million combined global streams.
After regular nightclub sets around Australia and a series of remixes for everyone from Little Dragon to Justin Bieber, she made her full-length debut in 2015 with Run, which entered Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 1 and attained Gold status “down under.” She made her U.S. live debut at Coachella. In 2017, she took Best New Artist honors at the first-ever Electronic Dance Music Awards while her remix of Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” soared to No. 1 on the dance charts.
Wonderland’s 2018 sophomore album, Awake, leveled up every element. Her all-star cast of collaborators included Joel Little (Lorde), Illangelo (The Weeknd), Party Favor (Mad Decent), Lido, Chief Keef and Trippie Redd. The album became the multi-talented phenomenon’s second straight No. 1 bow on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart as “Church” soared past the 14 million mark on Spotify in just a few months, leading her to become Billboard Dance’s “Breakout Artist of 2018” and the magazine’s 2019 Dance Issue cover star.
In 2019, between headline slots at festivals around the world, Wonderland played her own headline concerts, which sold over 100,000 tickets globally and included two sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado (filmed in multi-camera 4K VR). She also produced and promoted her own worldwide “Wonderland Warehouse Project” tour. Simultaneously, Wonderland’s “Radio Wonderland” show clocked over five million iTunes downloads, broadcasting to over 20 countries and featuring prominently on the Sirius XM channel Diplo’s Revolution.