With sunny skies and ocean as a backdrop, the third part of BeachLife Music Festival returns to Redondo Beach on Friday, May 13 as the first day of concert weekend, attracting thousands of music lovers Come to Seaside Lagoon.
“It was like a perfect day. Beach, sun, music,” said Jackson Miller, 42, who was driving from San Diego and was among the first to enter the festival grounds when it opened at 1 p.m. Friday. one.
The three-day festival includes a lineup of more than four dozen bands covering the musical spectrum of modern rock, nostalgic ’90s bands, chilly reggae and laid-back musical acts.
The opening day consisted of a dozen bands performing on four stages, with Weezer being the headliner and others like 311, Black Pumas, Cold War Kids and Long Beach Dub All Stars performing in front of a mostly older, laid-back crowd.
The chilly vibe rules the day, with lawn games like corn hole and ping pong, and traditionally a game of beer pong with red mugs the size of trash cans near the sand in front of the Lowtide stage. .
People line up at the main entrance almost all day, with crowds ranging from families with children to elderly couples sitting on the lush green lawn in front of the Ocean Tide stage, to tattooed punk fans who come early to watch the punk legend.
“Pennywise, I’m a big Pennywise fan, and I’m here for Jim,” said Richard Villanueva, a 42-year-old Orange County resident, referring to Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg, who put out the weekend music at 1 p.m. On the Lowtide stage at the music festival.
Lindbergh performed songs from his 2021 solo album, “Songs from Elk Antler Trail,” including “Hello Again,” “Blood on Your Hands” and “Long Way to Go.”
He also shared a hot tip with those who arrive early: everyone 21 and older will receive a free cold Tecate beer and other gifts for loyal music fans.
Other early performers included Los Angeles rock group Velvet Starlings on the smaller Riptide stage and Australian rock group Atlas Genius on the Hightide stage, and Tomorrows Bad Seeds, who provided intimate acoustic sets including covers by artists such as Bob Marley and Chris Stapleton.
The Act’s other weekend headliners were Smashing Pumpkins on Saturday, May 14 and Steve Miller Band, which closed it all on Sunday, May 15, and Vance Joy, Sheryl Crow, Capital Cities, Ozomatli, Sugar Ray throughout the weekend and UB40.
In addition to bringing the crowds back in time, the festival is also bringing back the roughly 100-seat SideStage pop-up restaurant, which features a $90-$250 per-person, $250-per-night, fixed-price menu with a nightly performance by a different chef-producing band. the main stage.
Chef Ray Hayashi of modern Asian restaurant RYLA in Hermosa Beach on Friday afternoon, Michelin-starred chef Kevin Meehan of Kali in Los Angeles on Saturday takes over the kitchen, and on Sunday, the festival’s executive chef Jacob Ramos. Serves the last meal of the weekend.