Update 9/13/19: Day-to-day lineups have just been released for Desert Daze 2019, breaking down which artists will be playing on each of the festival’s three days.
Friday, October 11
The Flaming Lips (performing The Soft Bulletin)
Fred Armisen (“Comedy for Musicians but Everyone is Welcome”)
Connan Mockasin (Botsyn ‘n’ Dobsyn episodes and solo performance)
Frankie & the Witch Fingers
Ian Svenonius (opening ceremonies)
Sanctuary Stage Artists: Christopher Cichocki, Kid 606, Tom Hall, Byron Westbrook, Devin Sarno, Mitchell Brown, Ellen Phan, Conscious Summary, Wave
Saturday, October 12
Ween (performing Chocolate and Cheese)
Flying Lotus 3D
Connan Mockasin and Friends
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Klaus Johann Grobe
Dumbo Gets Mad
Black Water Holy Light
Sanctuary Stage Artists: Cristopher Cichocki, Dntel, Pod Blotz, Cruel Diagonals, The Eternal Cord featuring Gabie Strong, Jim Haynes, Rotary Ect, Jeff Frost, George Jensen
Sunday, October 13
Wu Tang Clan (performing Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers))
The Claypool Lennon Delirium
The Black Angels
Dungen (performing Ta Det Lugnt)
Les Claypool and Sean Lennon Q&A
Sanctuary Stage Artists: Cristopher Cichocki, Randy Randall, Ensemble Economique, Shana Shenai, White Boy Scream, Ellen Phan (Hypnosis Session), Zachary Paul, Live for Each Moon
Single day and full weekend passes are available at desertdaze.org
Desert Daze–the festival for people who prefer a chill weekend of music to a non-stop Instagram session–returns for 2019 with what might be their most intriguing lineup to date. Top billing goes to Devo, kicking off what will be the band’s farewell tour, and three full-album concert experiences: The Flaming Lips playing The Soft Bulletin, Wu-Tang Clan playing 36 Chambers, and Ween playing Chocolate & Cheese.
The bill also includes Flying Lotus with a 3D performance, Stereolab‘s first North American show in 11 years, and sets from Animal Collective, Moses Sumney, the Locust, Parquet Courts, Pussy Riot, and dozens more. Fred Armisen will do some comedy, and Ian Svenonius leads a program of ceremonies and talks. In addition to the main music stages, Epicenter Projects will curate a space called the Sanctuary, hosting Dntel, Randy Randall, and others, and all the eye-popping visuals and trippy art installations for which Desert Daze has become known will return.
Last year’s festival got off to a slightly bumpy start, with logistical issues and a surprise rain storm on Friday night–but organizers are confident they’ve taken appropriate precautions to smooth out any kinks in the experience this time around. The event returns to the venue at Lake Perris (prior to 2018, Desert Daze was held in Joshua Tree), but with some updated infrastructure. One change: Parking on-site will now require a pass purchased in advance, which should help control the flow of arriving traffic.
Desert Daze takes place October 10 to 13 at Moreno Beach in Lake Perris, CA. Tickets are available online now. Weekend passes are $259 for general admission; VIP and camping packages start at $358.
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