When you think of Southern California, the palm trees, sand and ocean waves probably come to mind. But from this mellow, sun-drenched lifestyle was born a revolution of rock and reggae that continues to ripple across the country. Suiting up for its fourth run, BeachLife Festival in Redondo Beach will celebrate the voices that champion the SoCal music scene, as well as the environment that inspired their sound.
This year, Long Beach heroes Sublime with Rome and quintessential “Orange County Girl” Gwen Stefani will bring a taste of SoCal ska, while John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival will take you on a trip up to the San Francisco Bay Area. Feel free to get bluesy with The Black Keys, or go old-school with the Pixies.
BeachLife’s main acts will perform at the HighTide and LowTide Stages, but be sure to stop at the SpeakEasy Stage for stripped-down, acoustic performances curated by Jim Lindberg of Hermosa Beach-based band Pennywise. Away from the hustle and bustle of the festival, the intimate setting brings listeners face to face with punk mainstays such as Zander Schloss of Circle Jerks and Jonny Two Bags of Social Distortion. This is also the location of Punk Rock & Paintbrushes, an art exhibition that showcases art made or inspired by musicians. The display will even showcase work by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
Or instead of getting away, take the opportunity to dine on stage through the DAOU SideStage Experience. While bands perform on the HighTide Stage, you can treat yourself to a fixed price four course meal by a famous chef. This year, chefs Josiah Citrin, Antonia Lofaso and Max and Lijo Camphor will wine and dine guests as they soak in the California rhythms.
Located at Redondo Beach’s Seaside Lagoon, BeachLife embraces its environment just as much as the music. As the sun shines and the palm trees sway, festivalgoers dig their feet in the sand and throw beach balls in the air. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds go toward organizations that help protect the beach, such as the Surfrider Foundation and Heal the Bay.
- About 30,000 people are expected to attend.
- Tickets start at $169 for single day GA and $399 for 3-Day GA. Speciality Admirals and Captains packages are also available, and kids under 6 years old get in free. Find the full price breakdown here.
- Check out Fifty Grande’s guide to California here.
Is the festival ADA accessible?
Yes, BeachLife Festival provides accessible viewing areas and parking spots. Pre-register for an ADA wristband here and email [email protected] with any questions.
Do festival vendors accept cash?
No, the festival is completely cashless. Vendors accept most cards and mobile wallets.
What’s the best way to get to and from the festival?
Since parking will be difficult, the festival recommends busing, ride sharing or making use of the bike valet.