The first round of performers have been released as part of the Desert Daze 2018 lineup — and the festival is looking poised to deliver its biggest event yet.
The first headliner announced for this year’s festival is Tame Impala, a perfect fit for the weird and unique vibe of Desert Daze. The festival has taken place at Joshua Tree in recent years, but will move to Moreno Beach in Lake Perris, California this year. The festival will take place Friday, October 12 until Sunday, October 14.
The phase three lineup dropped July 24, adding My Bloody Valentine to the bill. Other lineup additions include Shellac, Steve Albini, Julia Holter, GUM (Jay Watson of Tame Impala/POND), and Escape-ism.
The phase four lineup dropped Aug. 28 and includes the addition of Slowdive, L.A. Witch, Death Valley Girls, Stonefield, and Sugar Candy Mountain among others. The daily lineup splits can be found at the bottom of this page as well — Tame Impala headlines Friday, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard headlines Saturday, and My Bloody Valentine closes things out Sunday night.
Also part of the initial lineup are Death Grips, Mercury Rev performing Deserter’s Songs, Los Angeles indie rock favorites Warpaint, Ty Segall & White Fence, Chelsea Wolfe, Malcolm Mooney of Can, Connan Mockasin, Preoccupations, A Place to Bury Strangers, King Khan & The Shrines, Shannon & The Clams, Pond, and Kevin Morby.
The festival added to their lineup with a May 7 announcement. Additions to the lineup included Jarvis Cocker (introducing Jarv Is), Earth performing The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull, HINDS, Wand, and more. View the full lineup at the bottom of the page. Another announcement added King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard to the bill.
The festival also announced late-night programming and additional activities. They have over a dozen experiential installations, 10 projection artists, and tons more. The Mystic Bazaar is a stage that will only be open to campers but includes TT (the solo project of Warpaint guitarist/vocalist Theresa Wayman), Tess Parks, Entrance, and a few more. It also includes a few art workshops, a dozen-plus other workshops (Connecting with Plant Spirits, anyone??), meditation, and sound baths.
The Theatre will include a conversation with Steve Albini, the famed audio engineer and producer. There’s also a Thursday night welcoming party featuring Sego, Goldensuns, Facial, and more.
Three-day general admission passes and VIP passes are on sale now. Get them here.
Last year was my first trip to Desert Daze — you can read my Best and Worst recap of Desert Daze 2017 below.