California, Here We Come: 5 Fall Music Festivals To Catch This Fall

California, Here We Come: 5 Fall Music Festivals To Catch This Fall

Summer festival season may be over for now, but California has plenty of fall music festivals worth traveling for! Hop on a plane with your festie bestie, and get ready for cooler weather, laid-back vibes, and seriously killer lineups.

#1 KAABOO – Del Mar, CA

When: September 15 – 17

For three days in September, the upscale Del Mar Racetrack transforms into an immersive sonic playground for KAABOO, a music festival that replaces the normal grit and grime of festivals with posh experiences curated for an older, more refined audience. Think spa indulgences, contemporary art installations, Vegas-style pool cabanas, and gourmet food! KAABOO is also the place where you can catch rare acts you won’t find on other festival lineups. If you’ve ever wanted to see Pink, Tom Petty or the Red Hot Chili Peppers live, this year definitely won’t disappoint!

#2 Nocturnal Wonderland – San Bernardino, CA

When: September 15 – 16

Fall down the rabbit hole and enter a neon-lit, fully-themed world of Wonderland. The longest running festival from EDM powerhouse Insomniac Events (the same guys behind EDC Las Vegas), Nocturnal Wonderland is a nod to LA’s 1990s warehouse rave days, best described with two words: sensory overload. In addition to five Alice in Wonderland-themed stages of music, the 2-day camping festival features whimsical performers romping the festival grounds, kaleidoscopic decor, glow-in-the-dark environments and three-dimensional art installations.

#3 CRSSD Festival – San Diego, CA

When: September 30 – October 1st

It might be autumn, but CRSSD is all about hanging onto those tropical summer vibes. The bi-annual festival is set against the Pacific Ocean at San Diego’s Waterfront Park, creating a sun-kissed atmosphere where you can get your groove on at 3 different stages. Since its inception three years ago, CRSSD has become California’s shining beacon of the underground music scene. With an almost entirely deep house lineup including Cut Copy, Hot Since 82 and techno legend Richie Hawtin, you can expect nothing but chilled out beats while the sun sets over the San Diego harbor.

#4 Dirtybird Campout – Bradley, CA

When: October 6 – 8

When Dirtybird record label bossman DJ Claude VonStroke joins forces with The Do Lab, you know it’s going to be a good time. Not your usual festival scene, Dirtybird Campout is basically summer camp for adults, but with a really great soundtrack. When you’re not getting down to booty dancing deep house from all the usual Dirtybird suspects (including our fave Justin Martin!), you can fulfill your childhood nostalgia with games and activities you’d find at summer camp. There’s capture-the-flag, dodgeball, face-painting, guided nature hikes and archery, to name a few!

#5 Desert Daze – Joshua Tree, CA

When: October 12 – 15

There are festivals, then there’s Desert Daze. Designed to be a “profound experience” nestled in the otherworldly landscape of Joshua Tree National Park (about a 4-hour drive from LAX), this intimate 4-day festival takes place at the largest spiritual retreat center in western USA. Surrounded by captivating architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright, you can feel the palpable energy of an on-site magnetic field. Camp under the twinkling desert sky and get down to one of the funkiest line-ups we’ve ever seen, including old school rock legends Iggy Pop and Ty Segall!

Music Monday: Stick Figure – Weight of Sound

Music Monday: Stick Figure – Weight of Sound

Tomorrow will come and the sun will shine
Well I’ll sitting here right by your side
So let the music soothe your soul
Let the music take control
Everything you do or say comes back to you
When things don’t work out right, you got to push on through

So keep on running, keep on moving
Everything is gonna be alights
Keep on smiling, keep on laughing
Every little thing is gonna be alright

If you left this choice up to me
Don’t tell me what you got girl
Baby please tell me what you need
I must confess, I’ve been blessed but I’ll never say never
Cause I could die today but this music lives forever
And nothing is impossible, nothing is out of your reach
It’s just another love song, just another melody
So keep believing in your dreams, life’s not what it seems sometimes
And love the air you breathe, you got everything you need for tonight


The Ultimate Guide to Ultra Singapore 2016 This Weekend

The Ultimate Guide to Ultra Singapore 2016 This Weekend

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Ultra Singapore 2016 returns to our sunny island this weekend, boasting two full days of world-class dance music near Marina Bay Sands! But before all you music-festival aficionados put on your dancing shoes and flower crowns, take a peek at our cheat sheet to learn everything you need to know about this year’s festival.

#1 What to Wear

Ultra Singapore may not be a celebrity fashion show like Coachella, but planning an outfit is definitely our favorite part of any festival. From free-spirited bohemian looks to funky neons, this is the weekend to let your stylish creativity shine. Take our advice and keep it comfy and functional – you’ll regret wearing those painful high heels or obnoxious hat no matter how good they may look with your outfit.

#2 Getting There

Ultra Park is next to Marina Bay Sands Tower 1, near the Bayfront MRT station. Parking will be a nightmare, so book a Grab or hop on the MRT.

#3 Where to Stay

Whether you’re traveling from out of town or making Ultra a full-fledged staycation, you’re definitely going to want a nice bed to crash on each night. We got you covered at Pan Pacific, just a short walk from Ultra Park. If you don’t mind a longer commute, Mandarin Orchard and Naumi Liora still have rooms available this weekend.

#4 Who to See

This year’s lineup is STACKED with heavy-hitters such as Deadmau5, Above & Beyond, and Kygo, but we recommend taking some time to escape the crowds of the main stage and experience the festival’s more underrated performers. Nicole Moudaber will be dropping the sounds of the techno underground on Saturday night, and on Sunday you can catch a live set from dubstep band Nero, featuring the hypnotic voice of Alana Watson.

#5 What to Bring

  • Cash. There are no ATMs inside the festival.
  • Photo ID. You will need it to get inside.
  • Sunglasses, but leave the designer shades at home.
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes. Just trust us on this one.

#6 What Not to Bring

  • Selfie sticks. Don’t be “that guy”.
  • Professional cameras. Just no.
  • Large purses or backpacks. Only small purses and clear bags are allowed.
  • Anything you wouldn’t want to get wet or ruined. So now you know that really expensive fringed top probably isn’t worth it.

#7 Festival Pro Tips

  • Stay healthy. Drink lots of water and don’t forget to take breaks to rest your feet and grab a snack.
  • Stay charged. You’ll be glad you brought a battery pack when your phone dies.
  • Plan your schedule beforehand. If you’re dying to see an artist, get to the stage early!
  • Establish a meeting point early on. Cell service is a rare luxury at music festivals, so this is a lifesaver if you lose your friends.

Still need a ticket? Online tickets are sold out, but a limited number of general admission passes will be available the day of the festival. Get there early!




Photo credits: 2, 5, and courtesy of Ultra Singapore.

Music Monday: Fred V & Grafix – Like the Sun

Music Monday: Fred V & Grafix – Like the Sun

Around these walls, all I’ve ever known
Reading the dark, all I’ve ever known till now
Ain’t no chemical euphoria can ever compared to you
The way you’re turning on my barriers
Crash right in and hit me like the Sun
Light me with your love, come lift me up like the Sun
Light me with your love, come lift me up
In a way of euphoria feeling so close to you
The way you’re turning on my barriers
Crash right in and hit me like the Sun