Summer Music Festivals to check out in Southern California

Residents of Southern California are very lucky to enjoy one of the most thriving and active live music scenes in the world. Live music from every genre can be found at clubs, venues, and concert halls all over every week! Music junkies from all over the country (and even Internationally) travel to Southern California every month to be able to experience not only the biggest performers but also the next big underground hit. Here, especially in the summer, are many music festivals that cross different platforms to make a musical buffet that would satisfy anyone’s music pallet. Here are a few of Southern California’s own summer music festivals you have to check out if you get the chance.



FYF (don’t ask what it means), is one of the larger summer outdoor music festivals in Los Angeles which takes places yearly in the LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park. They mostly feature alternative and indie bands with a few DJ’s on the side, anything you might hear on your local alternative radio station or playing in the background of a vintage shopping outlet. In 2014, they will feature the likes of The Strokes, Phoenix, and Jamie XX (of the band XX). The festival boasts over 60 acts for the two day festival. Tickets are not cheap and sell out quick so you’ll have to act fast or you’ll be missing out on the FY part of FYF.

HARD Summer

HARD is more for the fast paced party person who enjoys loud bass music, hours of ‘putting-your-hands-up’, and occasionally some recreational sunglasses. HARD is yearly event that lasts the whole weekend featuring 5 stages and almost 100 DJs. It is basically a giant dance club, complete with confetti, loud bass, and no room to dance. This event is perfect for the college party animal with out enough money to go to EDC Las Vegas, which is the largest EDM event of the year.

Santa Monica Pier Concerts 

Right by the EC Los Angeles campus, the Santa Monica Pier Concerts happen every week in July and August and offer a new and interesting bands with many different styles. In 2014, they featured international talents such as Malaysian pop-star, Yuna, and Arabic electro artist Omar Souleyman. This is a more low key concert event that happens at the Santa Monica Pier right by the beach, a great venue for a night with your date. The best part about the event is that it is free to enter and you have many chances to check it out if you are in the area.

There are many more festivals to check out in the Southern California area to check out in the summer and even more through out the year. If you ever get a chance to come to So Cal, coming to one of these festivals should be on your bucket list.


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