BeachLife Festival is back this weekend with another three-day experience on Redondo Beach, after a successful 2021 edition last fall. This third time around would have been the fourth, but everyone knows what happened in 2020. A blend of rock, reggae, pop, grunge, Latin and more will keep the beer flowing and the heads bopping, with headliners ranging from pop-punk band Weezer on Friday night (May 13) to Smashing Pumpkins electrifying the crowd on Saturday (May 14) to blues rockers Steve Miller Band on Sunday (May 15).
The lineup is stacked with music for all, with other major talents including 311, Sheryl Crow, Black Pumas, Vance Joy, Cold War Kids, Milky Chance, Stone Temple Pilots, Lord Huron, Michael Franti & Spearhead, CANNONS, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Capital Cities, Jim Lindberg (Pennywise), DREAMERS (newly-announced in place of Atlas Genius), Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Record Company, Sugar Ray, Matisyahu, The Allman Betts Band, Ozomatli, Long Beach Dub Allstars, MAGIC!, Phantom Planet, Rita Wilson and many more.
BeachLife stands in a class of its own, attracting a crowd ranging from Gen Z to boomers, and while their talent booking is competitive with buzzing acts like Black Pumas, Lord Huron and CANNONS, the family-friendly fest doesn’t shy away from hitmakers from decades past including the 70s (Steve Miller Band, The Allman Betts Band), 80s (UB40), 90s (Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Sheryl Crow, Sugar Ray), 2000s and beyond. You may also find some of these acts booked on festivals like OC’s Ohaha Festival, Napa Valley’s BottleRock or the three-year absent San Diego fest KAABOO but BeachLife seems to take the cake on the variety in Los Angeles.
“I think the thing that separates BeachLife from other festivals is that we are an independent operation”, said BeachLife Festival Marketing Director Katie Henley. “We are a handful of music fans who bring our own unique tastes to the table. We are a mix of genres because we are a mix of real people behind the scenes. We grew up listening to different stuff. We know what we like currently. We know what artists are popular right now, and somewhere in the middle of it all, we find BeachLife”.
One such Grammy-winning band that embodies the organic energy of the beach life and the multiculturalism of Los Angeles is Ozomatli. The local act who fuses Latin rock with hip-hop, world sounds, reggae, salsa, dancehall and so much more has been entertaining fans in Spanish and English for over 25 years. Ozomatli’s new tune “Sunsets” off upcoming June 24 release Marching On is the reggae tune BeachLife fans are sure to groove to as they soak up the rays. “As Angelenos, any opportunity to play at the beach is always one to take advantage of”, said Ozomatli saxophonist, keyboardist and background singer Ulises Bella. “The weather and vibes fit perfect with an amazing music festival”.
With other new tunes featuring J.J. Fad and Lisa Lisa as well as Cypress Hill’s B-Real, one would hope any of these superstars join the six-piece Latin rockers this weekend. Bella continued with the magic of festivals and what the band most looks forward to at BeachLife. “The thing with festivals is that it gives you a chance to present your music to people who might not know you or who only have casually heard of you. It gives them a chance to check out music they might not usually see, thus making it a perfect moment to make new fans. BeachLife Fest has a very eclectic lineup, so the crowd will be a nice mix of scenes and tastes”.
With over 55 acts on four different stages, BeachLife Festival is also proud to offer fans the intimate SpeakEasy Stage curated by Jim Lindberg of Pennywise, with performances ranging from rock and punk acts like Art Alexakis (Everclear), Joey Cape (Lagwagon), Lily Meola, an acoustic set from Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Dan Kelly (Fortunate Youth), Yotam Ben Horin (Useless ID), Charlotte Sabina, Too Rude, Jamisen Jarvis, Latch Key Kid and The Altons. Also, do not miss the pop-up art gallery from Punk Rock & Paintbrushes which can be enjoyed at the SpeakEasy Stage.
Additionally, for the special musical foodies, SideStage offers a rockstar dining experience over four courses while various artists play, with culinary experiences from the region’s top chefs.
BeachLife Festival will also be livestreamed each day via www.beachlifefestival.com and https://volume.com/beachlifefestival
Tickets can be purchased by Single Day or 3-Day packages with a variety of options. 3-Day GA $449.00, 3-Day VIP $889.00, Single Day $159.00, Single Day VIP $349.00.