Beach Goth may be dead, but SoCal’s favorite garage rockers The Growlers are back with a new two-day festival. Now located at The Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, the new festival is expected to shed the logistical woes that plagued Beach Goth in the past. For starters, it’s all outdoors, so no more endless queues to catch sets in limited capacity spaces.
But really, it’s all about that lineup. Once again, we’ve been gifted a stellar lineup top to bottom loaded with the best local acts and all-time favorites, deftly defying genre and generation. Here are 12 of our can’t miss sets.
Beach Fossils (Junior Stage, Sunday 9:15-9:55 p.m.)
Just image Beach Fossils’ signature breezy vibes by the water, and try not to get psyched for this weekend. – Photo by Natalie Somekh
Danny Brown (Someone Stage, Saturday 5:15-6 p.m.)
As fascinating as he is unique, Danny Brown is sure to leave attendees talking all weekend after this set. – Photo by Katherine Wilburn
Butthole Surfers (Something Stage, Sunday 9-9:55 p.m.)
Texas rockers Butthole Surfers briefly returned from hiatus last year to bring their signature chaotic weirdness to Day for Night. Aside from rumblings of a potential new album, they’ve been absent from the spotlight since, and Beach Goth will be their second comeback in as many years. Needless to say, their booking is a rare treat.
The B-52s (Someone Stage, Sunday 4:25-5:25 p.m.)
You know what else takes place at the Port of Los Angeles? The annual Lobster Festival. Does that make Growlers Six the Rock Lobster Festival?
Frankie Cosmos (Someone Stage, Sunday 2:05-2:45 p.m.)
Frankie Cosmos recently wowed the Echoplex. Read all about that here before catching this Sunday afternoon highlight. – Photo by Lee Bedrouni
Girlpool (Junior Stage, Sunday 8:20-8:55 p.m.)
The folk punk duo released their second acclaimed album Powerplant back in May, and has remained in heavy rotation ever since. – Photo by Frank Mojica
Alice Glass, (Something Stage, Sunday 6:35-7:15 p.m.)
What better way to ring in Halloween than by completely letting loose in the pit to the intensity of Alice Glass’ gothic industrial electropop? – Photo by Frank Mojica
The Growlers (Someone Stage, Saturday 9:05-10:25 p.m., Sunday 8:30-9:55 p.m.)
As if you’d miss The Growlers at their own festival. – Photo by Johann Ramos
La Luz (Junior Stage, Saturday 3:30-4 p.m.)
Modest Mouse (Someone Stage, Saturday 6:40-7:40 p.m.)
“Float On” by the water. I mean, really.
The Paranoyds (Something Stage, Saturday 2:40-3:10 p.m.)
It’s not a proper SoCal festival without local heroes The Paranoyds. Come early and get your ‘noyd rage on! – Photo by Frank Mojica
Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Something Stage, Saturday 7:45-9 p.m.)
Chances are, you missed Yeah Yeah Yeahs rock their recent instant-sellout comeback show at The Fonda. How fortuitous for The Growlers Six, then, especially since tickets are still on sale. The legendary trio rocked the aforementioned Fonda show with a 17-song set loaded with singalong hits and fan favorites that should prove worth the price of admission alone.