Summer is drawing closer, and as the region heats up, more and more music festivals are being announced throughout Southern California. Some of them are free, small-scale festivals in our own backyard, while others are destination festivals featuring big names in mainstream and underground music. Here's a roundup of the more notable fests happening in the coming months.
The annual Art Around Adams street festival happens on June 6 along Adams Avenue, and will feature a long list of local favorites, including Lyrical Groove, Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra, Generik, Hocus, Podunk Nowhere and Rosewood & Rye.
Punks, greasers and metalheads will want to make the drive up to Long Beach for the June 12-14 Ink-N-Iron festival. This year's headliners include rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson and punk veterans Bouncing Souls, plus Peter Murphy, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Gary Numan, Fishbone and The Adolescents.
A little bit further up the road is FYF Fest, taking place in Los Angeles on Aug. 22 and 23. The headliners this year are Morrissey and Frank Ocean, and will also feature performances by The Jesus and Mary Chain, D'Angelo, Belle and Sebastian, FKA Twigs, Run the Jewels and Savages.
The Kaaboo Del Mar festival announced its lineup earlier this year, but it's been enhanced by a few notable local acts, including The Midnight Pine and The Burning of Rome. There are also five more "special acts" set to be announced, according to the festival website. Kaaboo Del Mar happens on Sept. 18-20.
The lineup of acts performing this year hasn't been announced yet, but San Diego Music Thing has been confirmed for Nov. 11-14. Submissions are now open for bands interested in playing those dates. Likewise, the Carlsbad Music Festival—which features a more avant-garde selection of contemporary music—has set its 2015 dates for Aug. 28-30. Performers have not yet been announced.
There are, of course, plenty of local shows happening in venues throughout the city, and whatever the case, there's no excuse not to see some live music this summer.