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Desert Daze is your antidote to the typical desert gathering (think a noisier, more indie lineup than Coachella and less dirt than Burning Man). Though it’s close enough to L.A. to go just for the day, the fest caters to campers with easy access to hiking trails and a bazaar of mystics and wanderers.
Stereolab headlines this year’s fest—the krautrock-meets-lounge pop legends’ first U.S. performance in 11 years. Other acts include Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, the Claypool Lennon Delirium, Fred Armisen, Lightning Bolt and the Flaming Lips, who’ll be playing through The Soft Bulletin. The fest announces its lineup in phases, and the final additions to 2019 are here, including Devo, Moses Sumney and Pussy Riot, plus Ween performing Chocolate & Cheese and the Wu-Tang Clan performing Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
Desert Daze returns to Lake Perris State Recreation Area from October 10 to 13. The Riverside County location proved problematic during last year’s move to the less desert-y venue: Attendees waited upwards of two hours in traffic just to park on the first day, while Tama Impala’s headlining set was canceled 15 minutes in due to lightning—leaving concertgoers and campers scrambling for shelter, and plagued by spotty cell reception. In response, festival organizers say they’ll be working to streamline the parking and check-in process, plus working to boost cell signals in the area.