Taking place at The Observatory in Santa Ana California, The Growler's fourth Beach Goth was a combination of great music, drugs, drunkenness, and good times. With a two day lineup containing artists such as Riff Raff, Tomorrows Tulips, Warpaint, Grimes, Sir Mix-A-Lot, the Frights, Juicy J, Die Antwoord, Parliament Funkadelic and more, the crowd was a mix of every walks of earth. People passing out left and right, sweaty fans waiting all day at the barrier, and angry security guards made for an interesting sight. Back Stage was one step less chaotic, but I will say this array of artists definitely know how to get down. It was great seeing musicians from so many different genres interact and have a great time with each other, as well as support them onstage during sets. I was able to interact with many of the artists and they are some incredibly genuine people.
Beach Goth is growing larger each year, and it is uncertain if the venue will change next year to accommodate larger numbers, or if The Growlers will keep their roots in place. It was interesting enough seeing artists like Juicy J and Riff Raff appear on the lineup, but The Growlers are about including everyone, which leads me to think that they will want to expand what started as a small rag tag festival.
Needless to say, whether Beach Goth remains at The Observatory or not, I will (conditions permitting) be there to cover it and report back to you next year. Take a look through the gallery above to experience Beach Goth 4 through my lens.