Desert Daze founder Phil Pirrone wants you to have a good time. And dammit if he isn’t trying with the 2018 installment of his six-years-running fest. See, unlike some other festivals that have all but fully homogenized in recent years, Southern California’s Psych rock celebration Desert Daze is still uniquely it’s own beast, and not just because of the pinpointed approach (music that’s centered on psych while exploring every corner it has to offer), but also because of the immersive experience waiting for those who take the trek out beyond LA county.
While it’s expanding from the desert to a lake at the edge of the San Jacinto Mountains this year, headliners like Tame Impala and Warpaint ease into night 1, while full psych worship with King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Ty Segall and White Fence electrifies night 2, before the weekend closes out with shoegaze icons My Bloody Valentine on night 3. And the day line-ups are equally as impressive for anyone into this musical movement born of the Mojave desert, with highlights like Kikagaku Moyo, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Wand, Earthless, Deap Valley, and now that we’re listing them, honestly too many to list. But as for that experience we mentioned? In between sets and before and after the shows, there’s no shortage of art installations, sound baths, yoga, desert and moon teachings, films, workshops, talks and anything else you might wanna trip into.
Founder Phil Pirrone has been doing this since 2012 and also operates his own psych band JJUUJJUU, so when we asked him what make for the best soundtrack to take the journey out to Desert Daze this year, here’s what he came up with.
Says Pirrone: “This playlist is for you, just like Desert Daze. This playlist is for having a good time, just like Desert Daze. This playlist will brush your teeth, just like Desert Daze.”
Listen above or go right here.
Desert Daze takes place October 12 – 14th in Lake Perris. Gates open noon daily with late night entertainment after the headliners. For tickets and more info, go to desertdaze.org.