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Head to Joshua Tree for Desert Daze 2019

Head to Joshua Tree for Desert Daze 2019

The eighth annual Desert Daze returns to Lake Perris this October, bringing a weekend of loud music and camping to the Joshua Tree region. Team


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October 04, 2019

The eighth annual Desert Daze returns to Lake Perris this October, bringing a weekend of loud music and camping to the Joshua Tree region—without the selfie-obsessed crowds that flock to some of California’s other music festivals. Here’s what you need to know about Desert Daze if you want to go. 

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Camping: Thursday, October 10 through Sunday, October 13

Performances: Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13


Moreno Beach at Lake Perris State Recreation Area, which is located about 1.5 hours southeast of Los Angeles, between the San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountains.

Desert Daze Tickets

Passes are available for a single day (starting at $99) or for the whole weekend (starting at $289). Camping, parking, and upgrades are also available, so get your tickets before they’re gone. 

Musical performances by the Wu-Tang Clan, The Flaming Lips, Ween, and Devo take center stage at the festival, while dozens of other artists, Q&As, immersive art, and film screenings keep the entertainment going throughout the weekend. Desert Daze 2019 offers performances on multiple stages, including a stage on the beach, one on the lawn, one in the campgrounds, and one large tent stage.

Also take advantage of the Mystic Bazaar in the Camping Village, where you can practice yoga, soak in sound baths, join a class or plant walk, and experience everything Desert Daze has in store. This unique festival has become a Southern California staple for a reason, and you won’t want to skip out on it. 

Desert Daze 2019 Lineup

The Flaming Lips lead singer and guitarist Wayne Coyne will take the Desert Daze stage alongside his fellow band members on Friday, October 11.  

Friday, October 11

On Friday, October 11, an exciting lineup of performers is set to take the stage, offering a day filled with mesmerizing music and captivating acts. Leading the charge with their iconic album "The Soft Bulletin" are The Flaming Lips, promising an unforgettable experience. They'll be joined by the eclectic sounds of Stereolab and the innovative beats of Animal Collective, ensuring a diverse musical journey for all in attendance.

The day will also feature a unique set by the multifaceted Fred Armisen, alongside performances by the dynamic WITCH, including their alternate spelling W.I.T.C.H., and the soothing melodies of Connan Mockasin and Friends. Indie music enthusiasts will be thrilled with appearances by DIIV, Crumb, and Atlas Sound, each bringing their own unique flavor to the mix.

The lineup continues with the raw energy of Metz, the hauntingly beautiful vocals of Jessica Pratt, and the psychedelic vibes of Wand. Mdou Moctar will enchant with his guitar wizardry, while Post Animal and Faye Webster are set to deliver their captivating indie sounds. Fans of dreamy synth-pop will enjoy Part Time, and Jonathan Bree's baroque pop is not to be missed.

Sessa will bring Brazilian rhythms to the forefront, Frankie and the Witch Fingers will dazzle with their garage rock, and Al Lover's beats will mesmerize. Triptides' sun-soaked sounds will complement the day perfectly.

Additionally, the Sanctuary Stage will host an array of artists like Christopher Cichocki, Kid 606, and Tom Hall, among others, offering a space for experimental and avant-garde performances. Byron Westbrook, Devin Sarno, Mitchell Brown, Ellen Phan, Conscious Summary, and Wave will contribute to this rich tapestry of sound, making it a day full of discovery and enjoyment for music lovers.

Saturday, October 12

Mark your Saturday for an electrifying lineup that promises to be a highlight of the music calendar. Ween is set to delight fans by performing their beloved album "Chocolate & Cheese," offering a nostalgic trip with their unique sound. Meanwhile, Devo will be embarking on a memorable journey with "The Beginning of the End," their much-anticipated farewell tour, ensuring that fans have the chance to see them perform live one last time.

The event will also feature the innovative Flying Lotus 3D, bringing a visual and auditory experience like no other. The Locust will provide an intense performance with their hardcore punk energy, while Parquet Courts and Temples are ready to showcase their distinctive indie rock and psychedelic tunes.

Connan Mockasin and Friends are back to mesmerize with their dreamy pop sounds, alongside the powerful and provocative Pussy Riot. The Porn Crumpets are prepared to take you on a whirlwind of rock, and Nick Hakim will enchant with his soulful melodies. The lineup gets even more exciting with the inclusion of Viagra Boys' post-punk revival, Altin Gün's electrifying Turkish folk-rock fusion, and Big Business's heavy metal prowess.

Surfbort and The KVB are set to deliver punk and shoegaze experiences, respectively, with Klaus Johann Grobe and Anika bringing European electronic and post-punk vibes. The Lumerians and JJUUJJUU will dive deep into psychedelic explorations, while Dumbo Gets Mad and Black Water Holy Light will add their unique indie and rock flavors. Trupa Trupa, Automatic, and others will round out this diverse and dynamic lineup.

The Sanctuary Stage will host an array of experimental and avant-garde performances, featuring artists like Cristopher Cichocki and Dntel, among others, providing a platform for innovative sounds and experiences. With contributions from Pod Blotz, Cruel Diagonals, and The Eternal Chord featuring Gabie Strong, the stage is set for an unforgettable day of music and artistry, promising something for every music enthusiast.

The Wu-Tang Clan will perform all of its legendary hip-hop hits at Desert Daze on Sunday, October 13. 

Sunday, October 13

Get ready for an unforgettable Sunday of music that spans genres and eras, headlined by the legendary Wu-Tang Clan who will be bringing their groundbreaking album "36 Chambers" to life on stage. It's an opportunity to witness hip-hop history live.

Joining the lineup is Khruangbin, known for their fusion of global music influences, and The Claypool Lennon Delirium, a collaboration that promises a twist. The Black Angels will immerse you in their deep, reverberating psych-rock, while Alvvays brings their indie pop charm to the forefront.

Dungen will be performing "Ta Det Lugnt," a masterpiece of Swedish music, offering a journey through lush soundscapes. Shintaro Sakamoto is set to deliver his signature blend of laid-back grooves, and Moses Sumney's soul-stirring vocals are sure to captivate. For those craving intense energy, Lightning Bolt will unleash their explosive noise rock.

Dead Meadow and White Fence will dive deep into sounds, while Jakob Ogawa and Jerry Paper bring their unique indie flavors. George Clanton's electronic fusion and Blanck Mass's intense soundscapes will offer a diverse auditory experience. Froth, Sasami, and Richard Rose will add to the eclectic mix with their varied styles.

The Paranoyds and Particle Kid are set to deliver their garage rock and indie vibes, respectively, with Winter and Kills Birds rounding out the lineup with their ethereal and energetic performances.

The Sanctuary Stage will feature avant-garde and experimental performances from artists like Cristopher Cichocki and Randy Randall, alongside Ensemble Economique and Sana Shenai. White Boy Scream and Ellen Phan will provide unique sound experiences, with Zachary Paul and Live for Each Moon offering immersive sonic landscapes.

This day promises to be a festival of sounds, sights, and unforgettable performances, catering to every musical taste.

Check out the newly-released set times and start planning your weekend now. 

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