These are the 14 biggest music festival moments in Southern California this year – Orange County Register

2018 may need been the year we reached peak festival, with greater than 50 notable occasions with big-name headliners occurring round Southern California. Tens of hundreds of followers flocked to seashores of Orange County, the Coachella Valley desert, parks in Downtown Los Angeles and ext to the Queen Mary in Lengthy Seashore and even a racetrack in Fontana.

Our staff noticed lots of music at loads of festivals in 2018 (and let’s be trustworthy, ate a variety of festival tacos, too) and 2019 seems to be even busier. However earlier than we glance forward, these are the issues we’ve remembered most from a really busy year in Southern California music, in chronological order.

1. Beyoncé turns Coachella into Beychella

When and the place: April 14 and 21, Empire Polo Membership, Indio.

Why it was such an enormous deal: There was a drumline. There was a marching band. There have been dozens of dancers. There have been so many costume modifications. And Jay-Z was there. And Solange was there. And Future’s Baby reunited. No, it wasn’t fever dream in Oz, it was Beyoncé’s Coachella coronation. She even entered the stage dressed as a queen in a bedazzled Balmain, main a procession of dancers earlier than turning the night time right into a homecoming for the ages. Beyoncé’s efficiency was the most intense manufacturing that the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has ever had in its 19 years. After which she did all of it once more the second weekend, that point in pink. The invoice additionally featured Eminem and The Weeknd as the different artists topping the invoice, however Beyoncé, the first lady of colour to headline the festival, was all that anybody talked about for weeks. — Vanessa Franko

2. Garth Brooks lastly performs Stagecoach

When and the place: April 29, Empire Polo Membership, Indio.

Why it was such an enormous deal: For its 12th year, the Stagecoach Nation Music Festival lastly nabbed one among the biggest stars who had by no means performed its stage: Garth Brooks. Whereas the grounds typically really feel like an open-air bar filled with two-steppers and drunken sing-alongs, the rendition of “Friends in Low Places,” full with the lesser-known third verse, will simply go down as certainly one of the most memorable moments in Stagecoach historical past in a year that additionally noticed headlining units from Keith City and Florida Georgia Line. New additions that debuted round the grounds included Man Fieri’s Stagecoach Smokehouse curated barbecue space, and Nikki Lane’s Stage Cease market, two facilities due again for 2019. — Vanessa Franko

  • Beyonce headlines the Coachella principal stage throughout the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Membership in Indio on April 14, 2018. (Photograph by Matt Masin, Contributing Photographer)

  • Beyonce reunites with Future’s Youngster as she headlines the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Membership, in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, April 14, 2018. (Photograph by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Garth Brooks performs on the Mane Stage in entrance of roughly 75,000 followers as he closes out the ultimate night time of the Stagecoach Nation Music Festival Sunday night time April 29, 2018 in Indio, Calif. (Photograph by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Garth Brooks performs on the Mane Stage in entrance of roughly 75,000 followers as he closes out the ultimate night time of the Stagecoach Nation Music Festival Sunday night time April 29, 2018 in Indio, Calif. (Photograph by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Followers confirmed as much as get together at the remaining Warped Tour kick-off cease at Pomona Fairplex on June 21. (Photograph by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Robert Plant and the Sensational Area Shifters carry out at the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival in Pasadena on Sunday, June 24, 2018. (Photograph by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star Information/SCNG)

  • Nation music star Eric Church headlined night time one among the three-day Ohana Fest, held Sept. 28-30 at Doheny State Seashore in Dana Level, and stunned followers by doing a stripped down, acoustic set throughout which he even took fan requests for songs. (Photograph By Jeff Antenore, contributing photographer)

  • Janelle Monáe performs on the Franklin Stage throughout day two of the Music Tastes Good festival in Lengthy Seashore on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Janelle Monáe performs on the Franklin Stage throughout the Music Tastes Good festival in Lengthy Seashore on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performs on the Fundamental Stage throughout Cal Jam 18 at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino on Saturday, October 6, 2018. (Photograph by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Day by day Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Kevin Parker of the band Tame Impala performs on day one in every of the three day music festival Desert Daze at Lake Perris on Friday, October 12, 2018. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Attendees of the Desert Daze music festival pose for a photograph in entrance of an artwork set up at Lake Perris on Friday, October 12, 2018. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Damon Albarn of the band Gorillaz performs throughout the Demon Dayz Festival at the Pico Rivera Sports activities Area on Saturday, October 20, 2018. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • An enormous Gorillaz mariachi sculpture greeted Demon Dayz Festival goers Saturday afternoon. From left: Noodle, Murdoc Niccals,, 2-D and Russel Hobbs are represented as Día de los Muertos skeletons.

  • The Interrupters delivered a headline-worthy set throughout the two-day Surf Metropolis Blitz Festival held at Huntington State Seashore Oct. 27-28. (Photograph by Kelly A. Swift, contributing photographer)

  • The all-new Huge Journey Festival, held at the OC Truthful & Occasion Middle in Costa Mesa Nov. Three-Four, inspired followers to take part in the cosplay aspect of the fest they usually fortunately obliged. (Photograph by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Morrissey performs on day certainly one of the two day music and taco festival Tropicalia at the Queen Mary in Lengthy Seashore on November Three, 2018. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Morrissey performs on day one among the two day music and taco festival Tropicalia at the Queen Mary in Lengthy Seashore on November Three, 2018. (Photograph by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Brockhampton carry out at Camp Flog Gnaw on Sunday. (Photograph courtesy of Goldenvoice)

Three. Warped Tour makes its last journey

When and the place: June 21, Pomona Fairplex, Pomona

Why it was an enormous deal: Warped Tour was a ceremony of passage for therefore many late GenX and Millennial music followers and sometimes the very first festival a whole lot of these patrons had ever attended. It was all the time loud, dusty, rowdy and scorching, nevertheless it felt like such candy freedom. After 24 years, creator Kevin Lyman determined it was time to place the longest persevering with touring festival in North American historical past to mattress, however not earlier than one final go round. The tour kicked off for a remaining time in Pomona and featured units by Reel Massive Fish, The Used, Easy Plan, Immobile in White, Black Veil Brides, We the Kings, Tonight Alive, Echosmith, Mayday Parade and lots of, many extra. Over 15,000 followers turned out to reside it up, mosh, get autographs and free swag and to seize that Warped feeling one final time. — Kelli Skye Fadroski

Four. Robert Plant shifts a bit time and area at Arroyo Seco 

When and the place: June 24, Rose Bowl grounds, Pasadena

Why it was an enormous deal: Robert Plant may by no means get again along with Jimmy Web page and John Paul Jones for a Led Zeppelin reunion however that doesn’t imply he’s averse to unleashing a number of of the basic baby-baby-babies like he did when he opened his set with Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song.” His solo stuff hasn’t bought like that band did however it’s received lots to supply too, and the mixture of basic heavy rock and roll and brisker worldly tunes made this the greatest hour over a usually terrific sophomore year at Arroyo Seco. — Peter Larsen

5. Janet and Florence headline FYF Fest, oops, no they don’t

When and the place: July 21-22, Exposition Park, Los Angeles

Why it was an enormous deal: As a result of it didn’t occur, in any case. FYF Fest had grown over its 14-year run from a couple of small golf equipment in Echo Park to the Sports activities Area and Exposition Park in central Los Angeles, and actually develop into a serious festival. In 2017 its headliners included Missy Elliott and Björk, Frank Ocean and 9 Inch Nails. A year later, after reserving a female-friendly lineup topped by Janet Jackson and Florence and the Machine, all of it got here tumbling down, reportedly because of poor ticket gross sales. Canceled, kaput, a once-bright star on the native festival scene now darkish, its future unsure. — Peter Larsen

6. Eric Church’s fan-request, acoustic set at Ohana Festival

When and the place: Sept. 28, Doheny State Seashore, Dana Level

Why it was an enormous deal: Now in its third year, the Eddie Vedder-curated festival has advanced to incorporate all kinds of genres they usually took a chance on having nation music celebrity Eric Church headline the first night of the three-day occasion in 2018. It was a danger that definitely paid off as a festival capability crowd of simply over 12,000 followers turned out to see Church, who delighted the viewers with a particular acoustic set and he even took fan requests. Now that the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter is out headlining arenas (he’s bringing is Double Down Tour to Staples Middle in L.A. Might 17-18) it’s a uncommon deal with to see an artist of his caliber randomly ship such a easy, stripped down set, particularly on a transparent night time, underneath an enormous vibrant moon, simply steps from the Pacific Ocean. — Kelli Skye Fadroski

7. Janelle Monáe turns Music Tastes Good into an enormous dance celebration

When and the place: Sept. 30, Marina Inexperienced Park, Lengthy Seashore.

Why it was such an enormous deal: The festival that mixes star cooks with precise rock stars on stage dropped an enormous shock when it introduced a few month earlier than the two-day present that Janelle Monáe would play Sunday night time. It was too dangerous for Sunday headliner James Blake that he needed to comply with her on stage as a result of Monáe, who was in the midst of a tour for her third full-length album “Dirty Computer,” just about turned the night into one big dance celebration with a fierce set that included most of her new album and the biggest and most energetic crowd of the weekend. It protected to protected she introduced her personal taste to Music Tastes Good and the dancing crowd fortunately ate all of it up. — Richard Guzman

eight. Nirvana “reunites” at Cal Jam ’18

When and the place: Oct. 6, Glen Helen Amphitheater, Devore

Why it was an enormous deal: As Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters labored their approach again by way of the chronology of that band you had a sense he’d ultimately go all the approach again to Nirvana, and positive sufficient, as an alternative of a Foo encore we acquired the closest factor to a Nirvana reunion that’s attainable 24 years after the demise of frontman Kurt Cobain. Grohl obtained again behind the drums, bassist Krist Novoselić loomed giant, and Pat Smear, who toured with Nirvana and is absolutely a part of the Foo Fighter, performed guitar. And on vocals? John McCauley of Deer Tick and Joan Jett every took a activate songs comparable to “In Bloom,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and “All Apologies.” Solely the second time this has occurred, the first was in 2014 when Nirvana joined the Rock Corridor of Fame, so yeah, it was memorable. — Peter Larsen

9. Desert Daze rebounds after troublesome opening

When and the place: Oct. 12-14, Lake Perris State Recreation Space, Perris

Why it was such an enormous deal: For its seventh year, Desert Daze moved westward to its biggest location, alongside Lake Perris, and booked its biggest artist but – Tame Impala. However a visitors jam triggered hours-long delays to park and a extreme thunderstorm despatched Tame Impala from the stage and compelled organizers to evacuate the grounds on opening night time. The festival rebounded nicely, one way or the other magically making the rain-soaked grounds pristine and prepared for the second and third days, which culminated in a ultimate ight of noise perfection from My Bloody Valentine. — Vanessa Franko

10. Gorillaz rock the rodeo at Demon Dayz

When and the place: Oct. 20, Pico Rivera Sports activities Area, Pico Rivera

Why it was an enormous deal: Earlier than Damon Albarn and the different actual musicians of Gorillaz arrived on stage, 4 big Día de los Muertos puppets, skeletal effigies of the digital Gorillaz band members 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Russel Hobbs, and Noodle, paraded round the rodeo grounds the place Albarn & Co. threw a vigorous new festival that included eclectic music with a Latin cultural backdrop. Gorillaz have been nice as headliners with friends that ranged from De La Soul to jazz guitar legend George Benson. Not your atypical day and night time and that’s what made it cool. — Peter Larsen

11. The Interrupters ship a headline-worthy set at Surf Metropolis Blitz 

When and the place: Oct. 28, Huntington State Seashore, Huntington Seashore

Why it was an enormous deal: The Interrupters have had an outstanding 2018. Its single, “She’s Kerosene” off its third album, “Fight the Good Fight,” landed in common rotation on KROQ 106.7/FM and the L.A.-based punk and ska quartet has landed opening slots recurrently on tour with acts like Dangerous Faith, Rancid and Inexperienced Day. The group has been quickly on the rise and although it had an earlier-day set time at the inaugural two-day, sold-out Surf Metropolis Blitz punk rock fest, it delivered a headline-worthy efficiency that introduced patrons out to the gig early and had them singing and dancing alongside, even in the shin-deep seashore sand mosh pit. — Kelli Skye Fadroski

12. Morrissey exhibits up, brings the hits however takes the meats at Tropicália

When and the place: Nov. Three, the Queen Mary, Lengthy Seashore

Why it was such an enormous deal: Simply the proven fact that Morrissey confirmed up, since he’s been recognized for last-minute cancellations, was an enormous deal for Tropicália. (Particularly since Sunday night time headliner Cardi B canceled two days earlier than and SZA needed to step up in her place.) And he was in a jovial temper by Morrissey requirements, too, enjoying songs that went again to his early days with the Smiths to a killer cowl of The Pretenders’ “Back On The Chain Gang.” It was additionally an enormous deal for a taco festival to ditch the meat to honor the famously militant vegan for half the day on Saturday when he was the headlining act. Nobody received any carnitas or barbacoa in the night, however they received a Morrissey hit parade. — Richard Guzman

13. Huge Journey Fest provides cosplay into the combine

When and the place: Nov. Three-Four, OC Truthful & Occasion Middle, Costa Mesa

Why it was an enormous deal: There have been all types of latest and area of interest festivals popping up throughout Southern California however the inaugural Massive Journey Fest included stand-up comedy, stay music, a comic-con, TV and movie panels, gaming and cosplay. All of these issues mixed made for 2 very over-stimulating days of enjoyable, nevertheless having so many patrons dressed up as characters from their favourite comedian e-book, tv present or function movie, made it a really totally different type of festival. You may take in comic Jim Jefferies’ set whereas sitting subsequent to Spider-Man, take photographs with Dr. Who and dance alongside to Empire of the Solar with Marvel Lady. — Kelli Skye Fadroski

14. Brockhampton breaks Camp Flog Gnaw

When and the place: Nov. 11, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Why it was an enormous deal: Hip-hop and style mogul Tyler, the Creator likes to ebook the scorching new issues at his annual Camp Flog Gnaw fests, and in 2018 few hip-hop acts have been hotter than the numerous rap collective Brockhampton. Earlier than Flog Gnaw they’d performed a packed set at Coachella, and after they’d promote out two nights at the Shrine. However this set was memorable for the depth of the response it drew from followers – previous people, simply image the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and also you’ll be shut – who went loopy the second the present began, received so wild the hearth marshals needed to shut it down for 45 minutes, after which popped again out in recent garments to thrill the die-hards who’d caught round. — Peter Larsen

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