First, the bad news: There will be no Red Bull Sound Select 30 Days in L.A. festival this November. But here’s the really good news: Instead, the music-supporting energy drink brand will bring its Red Bull Music Academy Festival to Los Angeles for the first time ever.
Running from October 6-29, the fest will offer up night after night of concerts and club nights, and a head-spinning assortment of celebrity conversations, art events, immersive experiences, multimedia premieres, and more. Anyone who has felt pangs of FOMO when seeing reports of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival events in New York City — like this spring’s edition, which saw Solange staging an original music and dance composition in the Guggenheim — can finally participate for themselves.
With the Red Bull Music Academy Fest, you won’t be seeing many shows in traditional concert venues. Instead, organizers have secured access to unorthodox spaces — think museums, vintage theaters, and raw warehouses where artists can be brought in to create elaborate visual and audio installations for all-night dance parties.
On the eclectic bill for these events you’ll find St. Vincent, debuting a completely new multimedia show commissioned specifically for the occasion, Arca, Jlin, and Kode9. Ice-T will give a talk about L.A.’s hip hop history and perform with a special one-night reunion of the influential Uncle Jamm’s Army DJ crew. Filmmaker Edgar Wright of Baby Driver and Scott Pilgrim will give a presentation on music in film. One night will be dedicated to a celebration of devotional music created by Alice Coltrane, and another to a mini-fest within the fest celebrating heavy metal of Mexico. Oh, and the organizers helped Ryoji Ikeda to literally invent new technology that will allow him to tap into the souped-up sound systems of 100 low-rider cars for a massive musical installation that you may be able to hear for miles around.
Basically, the mix is so broad and so lovingly curated that there is likely to be something to please almost any music fan, whatever genre or era you gravitate toward. A full lineup is available on the festival website, and details like dates and venues will be released in coming days. Tickets for all the events go on sale August 22.