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Desert Daze Music Festival Returns to California

Daniel Gomez, Online Editor-in-Chief

Amidst crackling static, cosmic bird calls and din of unfamiliar voices whispering in a strange tongue, a new transmission has been received from the source.

With less than 7 weeks until festivities begin, Desert Daze 2018 announces new lineup additions, daily schedules and new program information with more surprises on the way. The magnificent and quintessential shoegaze/dream pop group Slowdive joins the bill, along with modern West Coast psych rock/drone forerunners Wooden Shjips . Other new additions to the main programming include: Idles , Cosmonauts , L.A. Witch , Death Valley Girls , VinylWilliams , Goon , Stonefield, Sugar Candy Mountain and The Mad Walls . After the regular festival schedule ends for the day, the lighting changes, the mood shifts and things get experimental with the inclusion of late night collaborative sets by Kikagaku Moyo withBoogarins and JJUUJJUU (and more to be revealed), plus full sets from Deap Vally ,Lumerians , Prettiest Eyes . Late night programming will be available to all Desert Daze visitors.

“A surrealist’s playground that reminds us what festivals

were like before festivals were Festivals™”



Single Day tickets are now available

 Friday lineup includes: Tame Impala , Warpaint , Connan Mockasin , Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats , and Jarvis Cocker introducing JARV IS…. Saturday includes: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard ,Slowdive , Mercury Rev performing Deserter’s Songs , Chelsea Wolfe , and Wooden Shjips . Closing out the weekend, Sunday includes: My Bloody Valentine , Death Grips, Shellac , Ty Segall & White Fence , and Earth performing The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull . You could choose between Tame Impala, King Gizzard or My Bloody Valentine , but why do that to yourself? Weekend passes and upgrades, including extra fun VIP options, are still available, though prices will rise as the festival approaches.

“A cross between a mini-Glastonbury and the dearly departed All Tomorrow’s Parties”



In addition to three full days and nights of curated sonic conjuring, Desert Daze 2018 includes camping in state park facilities with bathrooms and showers, power and water hookups for RVs, swimming, boat rides and lounging in our Italian style beach club. Still to be announced are this years installation artists, full film schedule, talks, workshops, and the Mystic Bazaar schedule, so stay tuned.

Desert Daze 2018 takes place Oct 12-14 at Moreno Beach, Lake Perris, Southern California. Weekend Tickets and Camping Passes are on sale now.

Visit desertdaze.org for more information.

Desert Daze 2018 Lineup



Tame Impala

My Bloody Valentine

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard


Death Grips

Mercury Rev perform Deserter’s Songs


Jarvis Cocker – Introducing JARV IS…


Ty Segall & White Fence

Earth perform The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

Damien Echols – High Magick

Chelsea Wolfe

Connan Mockasin

Wooden Shjips


A Place To Bury Strangers

Shannon & The Clams

Kevin Morby


Malcolm Mooney Of CAN


King Khan & The Shrines



Julia Holter



Kikagaku Moyo







All Them Witches

The Holydrug Couple


True Widow


Sons Of Kemet


L.A. Witch

Death Valley Girls

Vinyl Williams

Cut Worms


Ulrika Spacek

Here Lies Man

Mary Lattimore

Yonatan Gat & The Eastern Medicine Singers


Hand Habits


Tropa Magica


Sugar Candy Mountain

Al Lover

Gladys Lazer

Mannequin Pussy

Cat Scan

The Mad Walls

Opening Ceremonies With Ian Svenonius

Talks Program Featuring: Steve Albini, + More

Installation Artists, Films, Talks, Workshops, & Mystic Bazaar Still To Come

Late Night Experimentations / Open To All Visitors –

Kikagaku Moyo + Boogarins + JJUUJJUU

Deap Vally


Prettiest Eyes

+ More To Be Revealed

Visuals By –

Mad Alchemy

Danny Perez


Chewing Foil

Astral Violet

Snake Chime Zen


Ernav K

Purdy Lites

Slim Reaper

Installation Artists, Films, Talks, Projections, Workshops,

Mystic Bazaar Still To Come

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