Since 2012, Desert Daze has gathered former Tumblr poets and their ilk into hammocks and swing sets on the shores of man-made Lake Perris, an hour outside of L.A. After selling out the presale for 2023, the organizers opted to hold off the live music fest until 2024 with the vague excuse that they want to amp up the festival in future years — so 2024 better bring rocket ships and fireworks. (Pre-purchased tickets have been refunded, or can be used next year.) In this strange limbo year, Desert Daze has partnered with L.A.-area hotels and concert venues to curate Daze in the City, a series of shows that bring the outer-space, molly-laced desert atmosphere to a bustling metropolis.
Previous Desert Daze festivals have had psychedelic and indie-pop hard-hitters on their stages: Tame Impala, Boy Pablo, Sky Ferreira, The Marías. At Daze in the City, you can catch smaller artists working the crowds: Texas-based rock group The Black Angels will join fellow alternative rockers The Dandy Warhols for a guitar-heavy night at The Bellwether, a club in L.A. If you’re looking for something mellower, Les Claypool will be accompanied by his “Fearless Flying Frog Brigade” — a rotating set of musicians — to cover Pink Floyd’s album “Animals” from start to finish at the more formal Riverside Municipal Auditorium with its red suede folding chairs. Instead of tents and desert food, the whole L.A. metropolitan area is at your disposal––you can jump from venue to venue, stopping for naps or expensive meals in between.
You can buy individual tickets to the concerts, or opt for a hotel package, getting discounted prices for a hotel in L.A., Riverside, Pomona or Santa Ana. Concert tickets can be purchased as add-ons to hotel reservations, though there’s no discount. Or if you’re really craving the desert atmosphere and have access to a car, you can reserve a campsite at Lake Perris and commute in for the shows: very L.A. You might be the only one at Moreno Beach with heart-shaped glasses and a mesh crop-top, though.
- Attendance numbers will vary by venue.
- Individual concert tickets range $16.50 to $64.50, depending on the show. VIP tickets are also available starting at $80, and are sold individually by concert.
- Desert Daze had partnered with hotels in the L.A. area; you can reserve these with nightly rates starting at $79.
- While you’re in town, check out our guide to the Euphoria filming locations to get in the L.A. spirit. And here’s our guide to California.
What is the closest airport to Desert Daze: Daze in the City?
Since the event is in the Los Angeles area, LAX is your best bet, even if you’re aiming for shows in Pomona or Riverside.
Are the concerts accessible?
Check out the venue websites for more information on accessibility.
Which artists are on the Desert Daze: Daze in the City lineup?
The current lineup includes The Black Angels, The Dandy Warhols, DAIISTAR, W.H. Lung, Liily, Immortal Nightbody, Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, Blonde Redhead, Acid Mothers Temple, Ulrika Spacek, Holy Wave, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Water From Your Eyes, TEKE::TEKE, Meltt, and Dope Lemon.
Where are the shows exactly?
The shows will be played across Southern California in LA, Pomona, Santa Ana and Riverside at Bellweather, The Glass House, The Echo, Riverside Municipal, Alex’s Bar, Regent, Constellation Bar, Fox Performing Arts Center Riverside and Gold Diggers.
October 10 – Los Angeles — at Bellwether — The Black Angels, The Dandy Warhols, DAIISTAR
October 11 – Pomona — at The Glass House — The Black Angels, The Dandy Warhols, DAIISTAR
October 11 – Los Angeles — at The Echo — W.H. Lung + Guests
October 12 – Riverside — at Riverside Municipal Auditorium — Les Claypool Fearless Flying Frog Brigade
October 12 – Los Angeles — at Regent — Blonde Redhead
October 12 – Long Beach — at Alex’s Bar — Acid Mother’s Temple
October 12 – Santa Ana — at Constellation Room — Ulrika Spacek, Holy Wave, DAIISTAR
October 13 – Los Angeles — at Bellwether — The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Melody’s Echo Chamber
October 14 – Riverside — at Fox Performing Arts Center — Blonde Redhead, Melody’s Echo Chamber
October 15 – Los Angeles — at Gold Diggers — MELTT and special guests
How can I get in contact with the event organizers?
You can try [email protected]