First off, who doesn’t love tacos? In southern California, that’s half our diet. Taco Tuesday has been regaled for decades as a weekly celebration of, debatably, Mexico’s finest culinary achievement aside from the nacho and being so close to the Baja border means everything is better with hot sauce. Welcome to the SoCal life.
Speaking of southern Cali, two of the biggest festivals to date take place every year in the desert oasis of Indio: Goldenvoice’s Coachella Festival – two full weekends of the most recognized names in pop, alt and EDM – and Stagecoach, a country lover’s ultimate bucket list. Goldenvoice has hosted several other festival events, such as Desert Trip (otherwise known as ‘Oldchella’, a one-time event with legends of classic rock) and Desert Oasis (an attempt to get back to reggae, hip hop and good ol’ rock-n-roll since Coachella took a turn to the Top 40), yet both remained one-offs and stayed within the same Coachella Country Club grounds. Now, for the first time, Goldenvoice is ready to spread its proverbial event wings and take the party over to the coastline of Long Beach – the Queen Mary, to be exact.
Tropicalia Festival 2018 is packed with fuego, from the food to the musical performances.
The Queen Mary’s majestic presence in Long Beach attracts weekend events as much as it does tourists, for the ship liner is stationed on grounds accommodating enough to host tens of thousands of people. Right on the water, the Queen Mary exudes an aura that makes you feel like you’re off-the-grid despite being in a beach city; festivals feel like a vacation. Other events that have taken place on the grounds are Labor Day Weekend Shoreline Jams or One Love Fests in February, all of which get sold out quick. With so much potential, it was dire time Long Beach had a fall fest and Goldenvoice has now answered that call.
Tropicalia Festival 2018 is packed with fuego, from the food to the musical performances. Going down this November 3rd and 4th, Tropicalia will bring to the table local food vendors from California’s top taco destinations. You won’t go home hungry from this fest! Want to know which vendors are going to be feeding you? Stay tuned, for vendors are TBA at this time. Just assume that these tacos are going to be the dankest you’ve ever tried.
Cuisine aside, the festival offers as much variety in music as it does in flavor. Headlining the two days are Morrissey and Cardi B. Let that digest for a second. The king of the post-punk era is teaming up with the current queen of pop rap. We’re serious. This is not a joke. And, that’s not all. Clearly, this festival is all-inclusive of culture, cuisine and musical preferences because joining the bill are Kali Uchis, Mac Demarco, Chicano Batman, Mazzy Star, Los Angeles Azules, Toro y Moi, Mon Laferte, Natalia LaFourcade, La Sonora Dinamita, Devendra Banhart, Badbadnotgood, Cuco, Clairo, Bronco, Homeshake, Mild High Club, Yellow Days, Boy Pablo, Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, The Frights, Albert Hammond Jr., Allah-Lahs, Nina Sky, Baby Bash, MC Magic, Lil Rob, Leo Dan, Inspector, Frankie Cosmos, Surf Curse, Swmrs, The Garden, The Marias, Gus Dapperton, Peach Pit, Omar Apollo, Current Joys, Kero Kero Bonito, Summer Salt, Tijuana Panthers, Inner Wave, Vundabar, Triathalon, Michael Seyer, Porter, Empress of Sports, Como La Flor Band, Messer Chups, The Regrettes, Flor de Toloache, Phum Viphurit, Hot Flash Heat Wave, Still Woozy, Temporex, High Curbs, Combo Chimbita, August Eye, Sadgirl, Jasper Bones, No Vacation, Tropa Magica, Jurassic Shark, Malacates Trébol Shop, Quitapenas, WOMC, Bikini Trill, Speak!, Healing Gems, Katzu Oso, Kalyn Aolani, and DJ sets by Chulita Vinyl Clu and Musty Boyz. Loads of Latin influence in this festival! With tacos that will keep you satiated from start to finish and such an eclectic lineup to let loose to, Tropicalia 2018 is about to be POPPIN’.
That said, it’s probably a good idea to secure your tickets early. Weekend passes, as well as single day tickets, are now available for purchase as low as $99. Hurry though, for general admission is selling out fast! VIP options start at $300, with table and cabanas also in the cards for parties of four or more. Seriously, let’s think about this: you have four friends wanting to go… why not spring for a four-top table ($1,600) that includes one comp bottle, four VIP tickets with all the VIP trimmings, lunch and dinner meal tickets, premium viewing, early entry and an onsite server. That’s only $400 per person to ball out at Tropicalia Fest. Whichever entry option you choose, just make sure to also snag a parking permit for $17 before you get there. For more information or to get your Tropicalia tickets today, visit www.tropicaliafest.com.