Whether you’re studying to be an independent artist, audio engineer or a music business professional, taking part in music festivals is an important (and fun) part of the industry. While they’re obviously fun and the perfect chance to catch all your favorite acts at once, you can also network and meet fellow musicians and people who have a passion for music just like you! Because of that, here at MI we encourage our students to take part of these festivals and Los Angeles is the perfect city to do that in. Read below for some of our picks for some Fall and Winter music festivals to check out in L.A.!
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If you’re a huge Adult Swim, music and comedy fan, this one is for you! The Adult Swim crew is bringing its inaugural festival to Downtown L.A., which will have interactive experiences, but a pretty big line-up of musical performers, including Run the Jewels and Mastodon, Flying Lotus, Neko Case, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Hannibal Buress, and Thundercat.
5-6 Cal Jam Festival
This fest in San Bernardino is curated by the one and only Foo Fighters, so if they are your jam, this line-up might be just for you. This is the second year of the fest, which seems to be a bit smaller than last year, but this line-up is full of rock stars like Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Garbage, Greta Van Fleet, Manchester Orchestra, the Foo Fighters themselves and much more!
12-14 Desert Daze
Lovers of rock, psychedelia and everything in between will converge at this years Desert Daze, which promises to be the festival that most invokes the spirit of Woodstock. Enjoy expansive spaces to let loose among the visual installations or take a dip in the lake between music sets by Tame Impala, Slow Dive, My Bloody Valentine, Death Grips, Shellac, Kevin Morby and tons more!
13– Secret Project
The Secret Project Festival is another newbie on the scene and promises to be a mix of the best food, art and music in L.A. Some of the line-up includes Carl Cox, Bonobo, Richie Panic and loads more.
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If David Lynch is your hero, or you’re just more into the off-kilter, Festival of Disruption is for you. Curated by Lynch himself, the weekend event at the Theatre at Ace Hotel will be full of exciting performances by artists like RZA to Grace Jones, with a celebrity guest of presenters and readers. It won’t be a normal festival, but who likes normal, anyway?
La Santa Cecilia will be heading out to the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the LA Philharmonic, as they celebrate the diversity of Los Angeles’ local music scene. You can catch a set by L.A. native Cuco, who is making waves with his brand of electronic bedroom pop with a Latin twist.
The Gorillaz are coming back for the second year of their Demon Dayz Festival, this time right here at home in L.A.! The band themselves will be headlining, along with a super eclectic line-up of diverse genres and homegrown L.A. talent, like Erykah Badu, The Internet, Las Cafeteras, DRAM, Kilo Kush and more!
With the top 2 headliners being Morrissey and Cardi B, it’s obvious that Tropicalia Festival is wanting to be one of the more diverse festivals in Southern California.
After six years of silence, the HARD Day of the Dead Festival is back to the LA State Historic Park! They didn’t take this return lightly, coming back with a stacked lineup of Justice, Die Antwoord, Knife Party, Cashmere Cat, and much more.
10-11 Driftwood Festival
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Country fans can find refuge at Doheny State Park, where they can enjoy good music, BBQ, and over 200 craft beers (if you’re over 21, of course.) Keep an eye on the official page for even more line-up announcements at it draws near!
10- Camp Flog Gnaw
Tyler, The Creator’s annual festival is back to the Dodger Stadium with an epic line-up for all you hip-hip and r&b lovers out there. Catch some sets by Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s collaborative project Kids See Ghosts, Post Malone, Ms. Lauryn Hill, SZA, Playboi Carti, Tierra Whack, Pusha-T, Jorja Smith, The Internet, BROCKHAMPTON, Kali Uchis, and more!
Hip-hop fans have got another festival to keep them on their toes this year. Rolling Loud Festival has been growing more and more every year, and while the L.A. line-up is still not released, the Bay Area stop in September included Wiz Khalifa, Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, Jaden Smith, Vic Mensa and loads more, so expect to see a lot of familiar faces.