Year Two of festivals usually capitalize on where the inaugural year went right and work out the few kinks Year One went disastrously wrong. It’s a learning curve that could make or break a fest, considering music festivals are a dime a dozen these days. Some festivals, however, know how to do it right from the start and that’s where you find BeachLife.
BeachLife Festival, a sister fest to San Diego’s KAABOO Del Mar (now rebranded KAABOO San Diego for 2020), hit the Redondo Beach pier the first weekend of May 2019 to great acclaim. It didn’t bother surrounding residents with late night noise; it didn’t clog the city streets with traffic and pedestrians; it didn’t oversell tickets and cramp in attendees like sardines; it didn’t overlap musical acts with identical set times, forcing audience members to choose who they want to see. It was glorious. With perfect weather, too, which is a gamble in early May! No jinxsies, 2020…
After such initial success, it’s only natural that BeachLife should return for a second year.
After such initial success, it’s only natural that BeachLife should return for a second year. The first BeachLife was marked by the performances of three rock legends headlining: Bob Weir (of Grateful Dead), Brian Wilson (of Beach Boys) and Willie Nelson (of weed smoking… just kidding). Considering those heavy-hitters, of course BeachLife launched its way into festival fame Year One. There was also a range of reggae, rock, folk and easy listening thrown in the mix, allowing anyone of any age to have an outstanding time. Now making its way towards Year Two, BeachLife happily announced their 2020 lineup today, telling the public who will grace the stage this upcoming May 1st-3rd — with two names yet to be revealed in February!
At the lineup’s first glance, one thing is clear — BeachLife is pivoting from its original format. Or, was that the plan all along? Year Two isn’t bringing another round of older rock legends out of the woodwork for headliners. Maybe that’s why all 2019 BL merch emphasized the “legends” line? Possibly. Perhaps every other year will bring old-school rock greats… your guess is as good as ours. The Year Two headliners will still blow your mind, though! Closing down the three nights of BeachLife 2 will be Steve Miller Band, Counting Crows and brothers Stephen and Ziggy Marley teaming up to celebrate their father’s 75th Anniversary. Not too shabby, but definitely not the level of Elton John, Paul McCartney, et. Al. Perhaps one day.
That aside, SO MUCH talent is embedded in the 2020 lineup that it’s almost impossible to pass up. Seriously, this one is going to rock! BeachLife announced earlier in October that they had locked in a few heavyweight names like Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, G. Love & Special Sauce and Lukas Nelson (swoon). It was also common knowledge that BeachLife investor Jim Lindberg of Pennywise wanted to grace the stage in May. Adding to that list comes UB40 (featuring Ali Campbell and Astro reunited once more), +Live+, Fitz And The Tantrums, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, WAR and Grace Vanderwaal. Returning to the stage from 2019 will be Chevy Metal (Foo Fighter drummer Taylor Hawkins’ 80s hair metal cover band), Sugar Ray, Timmy Curran and Latchkey Kid.
…SO MUCH talent is embedded in the 2020 lineup that it’s almost impossible to pass up.
If that wasn’t enough, Blues Traveler, Save Ferris, Mother Hips, The Record Company, Ambrosia, Phosphorescent, The Stone Foxes, Knights of Monte Carlo, Rhett Miller (of Old 97’s), Trever Keith (of Face To Face), Chris Shiflett (of Foo Fighters… ooo, Foo #2!!), Tom Curren, Chuck Prophet, Royal Jelly Live, The Aquadolls, Too Rude, Slackstring, Jason Devore (of Authority Zero), Tom Freund, Kira Lingman & Veronica Torres, Kevin Sousa Band and Davey Allen are all going to titillate you to maximum entertainment capacity.
Excited yet? Remember, there are two names yet to be announced! Check back for those in the next coming weeks. BeachLife cares about its community and not only encourages its attendees to stay green, but also participate in Backyard Games leading up to the festival, with winners receiving pairs of GA passes to the fest on top of giving $10k to a local charity! Check the links below to sign up for the next one in the Hermosa/Redondo area. Want to purchase tickets? Passes to BeachLife are now on sale as low as $299 for the weekend. Don’t forget VIP and Captain’s Passes are also on the table! For more information, visit www.beachlifefestival.com or click here for your tickets today.